Published on : Friday, September 1, 2017
As per the statistical agency, tourists who had arrived for the purpose of visiting friends and relatives comprises 27.8% of the tourists amounting to 80,362. The people who were in-transit and who had arrived for holiday were 65,596 and 41,868 comprising 22.7% and 14.5% respectively.
According to SB, the least number of tourists were those who had come for ‘other’ purposes including those who had arrived for religious pilgrimages, sports, medical and conferencing.
This category comprised 2.7% of tourists and numbered around 7,807 visitors.
International tourist arrivals were 288,740 making up 59.6% of total in-bound travellers. And, the residents of Southern African Development Community (SADC) area had accounted for a major chunk of the tourists with 86.9% or 250,914 of overall tourists.
The nationals of Zimbabwe had been responsible for the largest number of inbound travellers at 36.2% (175,289) followed by South African nationals at 30.7% (148,798) of the total visitor arrivals.
The most popular mode of travel is the roadways of Botswana at 92.6% while the air travel accounted for 7.4% of all arrivals.
And, males were responsible for a larger portion of arrivals with as much as 65.4% of the total 484,717 arrivals. The figures indicate that the maximum tourist arrivals belonged to the age group of 30 to 34. And, the least number of visitors were from the age group of 60 to 64.
The highest number of arrivals had been recorded in the month of January at 36.7% while there were about 27.8% tourist arrivals in February.