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South Africa Sees Significant Boost in Tourism for 2024 First Quarter

Tinashe Mupasiri



Cape Town, May 23, 2024 — South Africa has experienced a substantial surge in international tourism, welcoming 2.4 million visitors from January to March 2024. This figure marks a 15.4% increase compared to the same period in 2023, signaling a strong recovery and growth trajectory for the country’s travel sector.

Even more impressive is the year-on-year comparison, with a remarkable 48.9% increase in arrivals compared to 2022. This significant uptick highlights the country’s ongoing efforts to bolster its tourism industry and improve its global standing as a prime travel destination.

This growth is timely as it coincides with the release of the 2024 Travel & Tourism Development Index (TTDI) report, a key benchmarking tool designed to assess and guide the progress of the global travel and tourism sector. The TTDI, developed by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the University of Surrey, provides crucial insights into various aspects of travel and tourism economies, including enabling environments, policy conditions, infrastructure, and resources.

The TTDI aims to inform policy and investment decisions, encouraging sustainable and resilient growth in the travel and tourism sectors. It evaluates factors such as business environment, safety and security, health and hygiene, prioritization of travel and tourism, openness to tourism, price competitiveness, and infrastructure quality.

South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Patricia de Lille, emphasized the importance of the TTDI findings, stating, “As the South African travel and tourism sector – government and the private sector – we will continue to work with all partners to further interrogate the TTDI findings and identify the areas where major improvements and work is needed to further improve South Africa’s ranking. We remain committed to growing and affirming South Africa’s status as a leading global travel destination and growing tourism’s contribution to the economy and job creation.”

The TTDI report, a collaborative effort involving input from leading travel and tourism stakeholders, thought leaders, and data partners, aims to foster strategic planning and dialogue across multiple sectors. Its comprehensive analysis underscores the interconnected nature of travel and tourism development and the necessity for a concerted effort towards sustainable growth.

As South Africa continues to attract more international visitors, the insights from the TTDI will be instrumental in guiding the country’s future tourism strategies and initiatives, ensuring that the sector not only thrives but also contributes significantly to the nation’s economic resilience and employment opportunities.

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