Domestic tourism within South Africa has declined over the past two years due to economic hardship, the Domestic Tourism Survey 2016, released by Statistics South Africa on Monday, shows.
According to the survey, the total number of day trips undertaken within the country decreased from 44,3 million in 2015 to 39,4 million in 2016. Overnight trips decreased from 45,4 million in 2015 to 43 million in 2016.
The report also shows that the highest number of trips are only being generated in December, compared to the other 11 months of the year.
“The reasons why people are not…
With the decrease in inbound tourist traffic since 2014 attributed to increasingly restrictive visa regulations, the Department of Home Affairs announced in February 2016 that it would ease some of the requirements. This has been widely welcomed by local stakeholders as a step towards boosting tourism.
In February, Stats SA found that in 2015, international arrivals dropped by 6,8%. Currently, the visa system requires travellers from non-exempt countries to submit their biometric information in person at dedicated centres. Because there are relatively few of these centres, it has become more difficult for some visitors to apply for visas….