SA releases more accurate figures for international tourism

Supplied by SA Tourism in ‘SA Tourism Monthly Product Newsletter’  June 2009

Historically, SA Tourism has always reported on total visitor arrivals (excluding workers and contract workers), because they were not able to remove day visitors from overnight visitors (tourists) from the data released by Stats SA. The release of the January 2009 tourism figures marked the first time that Stats SA has been able to report on actual tourist arrivals, as defined by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), as opposed to total arrivals. The table below shows the new more accurate tourist figures along with the previous figures of all foreign travelers.

 

 

Definition

January

January

% Change

2008

2009

Jan 08 vs. Jan 09

Foreign Arrivals

All foreign travellers arriving in SA

869,659

920,338

5.8%

Foreign arrivals
(less migrant workers & contract workers)

All foreign arrivals less workers and contract workers.

As historically published by SAT

856,232

902,617

5.4%

Visitors
comprising:

 

No previous data

820,840

 

Same day

A visitor who visits a place for less than 1 night.

No previous data

213,032

 

Tourists

* Any visitor travelling to a place other than that of his/her usual environment for more than 1 night but less than 12 months, and whose main purpose of the trip is other than the exercise of an activity remunerated from within the place visited.

No previous data

607,808

 

     

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