Tourism in South Africa
Revenue adding up to between 1% and 3% of GDP is generated by the tourism industry. Among the main attractions are the diverse and picturesque culture, the game reserves and the highly regarded wines.
- 1 Types of Tourism in South Africa
- 2 Tourist attractions in South Africa
- 3 Major events
- 4 Statistics
- 5 Forecasts
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Types of Tourism in South Africa
From a product point of view, a number of generally accepted sub-sectors exist in the tourism industry, namely:
- Hospitality / Accommodation
- Food & Beverage,
- Meetings, Exhibitions, and Special Events (MESE) (also referred to as MICE in some countries) and
- Tourism Services.
Consumer market types
South Africa offers many different types of experiences for the tourist. These include the traditional "bush and beach" type holidays as well as those of great cultural and historic importance.
It is difficult to know if there is regulation of the term 'ecotourism' as well as what a foundation/association/company needs to do to fall into the category of 'eco-travel'. However, there is a non-profit association that represents the private sector of the "incoming tourism industry in South Africa" (which is a large group) called the South African Tourism Services Association (SATSA), they are "dedicated to providing and maintaining the highest possible standards in the tourism industry within South Africa." (SATSA, 2007) SATSA is focused on the accountability, integrity, and quality control of the tourism industry in South Africa as well as with the companies and associations they are connected to. In addition to SATSA, the website responsibletravel.com partnered with The Metro, World Travel Market and Travel Trade Gazette Magazine have established the World Responsible Tourism Awards. The goal of the award is to "recognize individuals, companies and organizations in the travel industry that are making a significant commitment to the culture and economies of local communities and are providing a positive contribution to biodiversity conservation." (www.worldresponsibletourismawards.com, 2001)
Tourist attractions in South Africa
In addition to the well known Kruger National Park, South Africa has a large number of other National Parks to visit.
World Heritage Sites
Cultural and Historical sites
|Overseas||2 216 99|
|Europe||1 331 539|
|North America||337 650|
|Central and South America||120 329|
|Middle East||39 364|
|Africa||5 741 177|
|SADC||5 564 174|
|Other Africa||177 00|
|East and Central Africa||80 56|
|West Africa||80 27|
|North Africa||16 157|
|Total||8 073 55|
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- "Media Release 20 May 2014" (PDF).
- "SA Economic Research - Tourism Update" (PDF). Investec. October 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
- "Tourism, 2010" (PDF). Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
- "Tourism, 2010" (PDF). Statistics South Africa. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for South Africa.|
- Official Tourism Website
- South African National Department of Tourism
- Tourism Business Council of South Africa
- Tourism Enterprise Partnership
- South African Tourism Services Association
- Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
- South African National Parks
- South Africa entry at The World Factbook
- South Africa profile from Africa.com