South African Tourism

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I read with great interest this month that ground was broken on the construction of a new cruise liner passenger terminal in Durban.

This has an important knock-on effect not only for the economy of KwaZulu-Natal, but also South Africa as a whole.

According to the City of Cape Town, if you have a cruise ship carrying an average of 2 000 passengers, the spend at their destination equates to R2 million per day. The latest stats suggest that, on average, tourists spend R501 to R1 000 each day, excluding the cost of their accommodation.

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My jaw dropped when I recently heard that the Department of Home Affairs announced quite audaciously that inbound tourism numbers climbed between 4 and 7% during the last quarter of 2015. The first problem here is that we all know that these statistics take several months to be calculated and verified, and the second problem is that our inbound numbers should have been, quite literally, through the roof for December! Did you not hear the barmy army chanting “we’ve got 24 rand to the pound”, whilst glugging copious amounts of Castle Lager at 80 cents a pint.  

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