1 - 30 September 2009
Tourism Month is an annual celebration held in September to focus on the importance of tourism to the economy of South Africa.
For 2009, the focus is placed on domestic travel experiences. We also look at what the lesser visited provinces of the country have to offer.
Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Tourism Minister, said at the launch of Tourism Month 2009 "By travelling at home, South Africans contribute meaningfully to the tourism industry and its competitiveness, as well as local economic growth and job creation."
"Tourism Month is one way we use to remind the nation of this country's superior status as an exciting holiday destination, to get more South Africans to travel in and around South Africa more often and to celebrate the enormous contribution that the tourism industry makes to national economic growth, to development and to job creation. Our very successful Sho't Left campaign focuses specifically on encouraging South Africans to explore their own country."
Did you know?
- Domestic and regional tourism is the backbone of a sustainable and robust tourism industry.
- In 2008, 42,5 million tourists visited South Africa, of which 9,5 million were foreign arrivals.
- Domestic tourists accounted for 77% of all tourists in South Africa last year.
- Over the three year period from 2006 to 2008 domestic tourists accounted for, on average, 79,6% of all tourists in South Africa.
Tourism South Africa has more information on tourism in South Africa.
Tourism authorities in the provinces:
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