In 2018, South Africa tops as the largest travel & tourism economy of Africa

Published on : Wednesday, March 20, 2019

South Africa’s Travel & Tourism sector contributed more than 1.5 million jobs and ZAR425.8 billion to the economy last year, making it Africa’s largest tourism economy, according to the annual review of World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) on the economic impact and social importance of the sector unveiled today.

 

For more than 25 years, WTTC, which represents the global private sector of Travel & Tourism, has made comparison to the Travel & Tourism sector all over 185 countries. The last year’s research shows that the South Africa Travel & Tourism sector:

 

 

To quote Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO,”Travel & Tourism contributes more to the South Africa economy than in any other African country. In total our sector contributes ZAR425.8 billion and 1.5 million jobs which makes it a formidable part of the economy.”

 

“South Africa has long grasped the potential of Travel & Tourism to drive economic growth, create jobs and promote social development and I would like to acknowledge the leadership of Minister of Tourism, H.E. Derek Hanekom. That is why we welcome President Ramaphosa’s ambition to double the number of people directly employed in T&T in South Africa.”

 

“Looking to the future, I believe that Travel & Tourism is South Africa’s greatest resource and the country’s strategy for expansion which priorities regional integration, environment sustainability and putting the community at the heart of decisions will make for a successful combination.”

 

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