Which tourists are visiting South Africa?

South Africa's leading overseas tourists in March 2014 were from the United Kingdom.
South Africa’s leading overseas tourists in March 2014 were from the United Kingdom.

Which tourists are visiting us?

As an immigration company we look for trends in the tourism statistics as one of the indicators for future immigration. Following up from our article on immigration trends today we look at the tourism/visitors statistics for March 2014.

Historically there is some correlation between the number of visitors/tourists that a country receives and its current and future appeal as a destination for attracting investment, entrepreneurs and skilled migrants. Read more Which tourists are visiting South Africa?

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Tourists flock to Cape in record numbers

Cape Town airport
Cape Town airport

The number of international passengers arriving at Cape Town airport in December set an all-time record and was 17 percent higher than the figure for December last year.

Nearly 87 000 passengers stepped off international flights to make Cape Town’s tourist season the best ever.

The number of passengers on regional and domestic fights also set new records. Many of these domestic arrivals were international passengers who landed in Johannesburg and then took domestic flights to Cape Town.

According to the latest statistics from the airport company, the total number of passengers arriving in Cape Town last year was 4.2 million and this, too, was the highest total for any year.