South Africa: Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on the latest figures published by Stats SA on tourist migration

Minister Sisulu is pleased with the latest figures published today, June 28, 2022, by Statistics SA on tourist migration

Minister Sisulu is pleased with the latest figures published today, June 28, 2022, by Statistics SA on tourist migration. The total number of travelers passing through our ports of entry increased to 1.7 million in April 2022, up 136% from April 2021.

“While much remains to be done, our efforts to remove constraints on travel and tourism and regain the confidence to travel are paying off,” Minister Sisulu said.

According to Stats SA, at South Africa‘s entry and exit points shows that a total of 1,696,851 travelers (arrivals, departures and transits) passed through South African entry/exit points in April 2022.

A comparison between April 2021 and April 2022 movements indicates that the volume of arrivals, departures and transit travelers has increased for both South African residents and foreign travellers. For South African residents, the volume of arrivals increased by 145.4% (from 117,557 in April 2021 to 288,430 in April 2022).

Departures increased by 147.3% (from 126,417 in April 2021 to 312,662 in April 2022) and transits increased by 584.7% (from 59 in April 2021 to 404 in April 2022).

For foreign travelers, arrivals increased by 128.9% (from 248,314 in April 2021 to 568,484 in April 2022), departures increased by 130.9% (from 218,493 in April 2021 to 504,392 in April 2022), and transits increased by 272.5% (from 6,035 in April 2021 to 22,479 in April 2022).

A comparison between the March 2022 and April 2022 movements indicates that the volume of arrivals, departures and transit travelers has increased for both groups of travelers. (https://www.statssa.gov.za/publications)

The Minister also welcomed the news that Middle Eastern airline Qatar Airways and South African carrier Airlink have signed an agreement to expand Qatar’s operations in South Africa.

Stakeholders will recall that during our budget vote in May 2022, we announced that during our participation in the Arabian Travel Market, SA Tourism had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Emirates Airlines to develop the tourism market in South Africa and that a similar effort is underway with Qatar Airways.

“I am happy that these two entities which operate locally, in the region and in the world have collaborated in this way. This will help to alleviate the deficit left by Comair”, noted the Minister.

She said: “It is really important for us to step up our efforts to promote our beautiful country again on global platforms, as we have had limited opportunities to do so in the past two years. The recovery of our sector of tourism depends on it and of course on us working together to really show the full power of our tourism potential.”

Issued by Ministry of Tourism Steve Motale on 0837840719 MLO Mpumzi Zuzile on 0725509019 /0609559035 Tourism House

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