Published on : Tuesday, September 5, 2017
SA tourism conducted a survey of domestic tourism and found a general pattern of decline over the past two years. South African Tourism has also highlighted the low level of domestic tourism in the country and has launched several initiatives for improving the situation.
Tourism has been identified in the National Development Plan of SA as a key driver of growth. The survey found that the number of day trips decreased from 44.3-million in 2015, to 39.4-million in 2016; while the number of overnight trips declined from 45.4-million in 2015 to 43-million in 2016.
The main reason for people not taking overnight trips in both years was financial and also because a large number of respondents said their family and friends lived within 40 kms. Total expenditure on domestic overnight trips increased from R62bn in 2015 to R63bn in 2016; while spending on day trips declined from R25bn in 2015, to R23bn in 2016.
In 2015 and 2016, Gauteng, Limpopo and the Western Cape were the most popular destinations for day travellers, whereas those who undertook overnight trips mostly visited Limpopo. In 2015, the second-most visited province by tourists was the Eastern Cape followed by KwaZulu-Natal.
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