SA domestic tourism falls

September 4  2017 – DOMESTIC tourism within South Africa has declined over the past two years because of economic hardships, the Domestic Tourism Survey 2016 (DTS 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 traveling are clear – people are not traveling because they are feeling the pinch, therefore they are less likely to spend. We can see the a drop in the budget for traveling across time – it’s steady at R87 billion [in 2015 and 2016]but we can see a significant drop from 2014, and a significant drop from 2013,”  said Statistician General Pali Lehohla when he released the report in Pretoria. – ANA