Soccer Mania - SA Tourism Industry to Set New Records - Reveals RNCOS Report

Delhi, Delhi India (PressExposure) October 22, 2007 -- As per the latest report published by RNCOS on the South African tourism industry - "South African Tourism Sector Analysis" - in 2006, South Africa's tourism industry continued to see surge in its tourist inflow after receiving a record 7.3 (approx) Million international tourists in 2005, keeping in pace with other main African markets like Kenya, Morocco and Seychelles. Total tourist arrivals in the country jumped to around 8.3 Million in 2006, nearly 14.4% up as compared to the same period in 2005, indicating that a new record is in the making!

The report said that South Africa's diverse landscapes and cultures, natural beauty and the country's excellent infrastructure, which appeals both domestic as well as international tourists, are responsible for this increase in tourist influx. More holidaymakers from Brazil, France and North America increased the number of tourist arrivals in the country.

Moreover, the country is experiencing steady growth in the foreign tourist inflow with only three years left to the FIFA World Cup in 2010 (South African is the host country of 2010 FIFA World Cup). Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Tourism Minister, South Africa, said that the country received 10% more visitors in the initial five months of 2007 compared to the same period in 2006.

The report also said that the government is very positive regarding the 2010 FIFA World Cup as the mega event will bring in financial benefits and improve South Africa's global profile. So the government is emphasizing on infrastructure improvement of the country and to develop the infrastructure of various departments, specifically transport, the government is spending huge sum of money - five to six times more than the planned amount. The South African government also thinks that the event will help in changing the opinion of people from foreign lands on Africa and South Africa.

The report "South African Tourism Sector Analysis" examines various aspects of the South African tourism industry, like influence of tourism on GDP, types of tourism, hotel industry of the country, tourist arrivals (by continent and country), domestic tourism, tourism expenditure, and length of stay (by domestic and international tourists). The report also presents a rational future outlook of the industry and the factors affecting it.

"South African Tourism Sector Analysis" is one of the many reports made by RNCOS on tourism industry of many countries, including Egypt, India, China, Sub-Sahara Africa, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Singapore.

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Press Release Submitted On: October 22, 2007 at 6:45 am
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