Overseas arrivals to SA record 345% YoY rise

28 Jul 2022 – tourism update

With COVID restrictions falling away, overseas tourist numbers to South Africa in May rose by 345% compared with last year, from 20 762 to 92 368, according to the latest Tourism and Migrations Statistics report published by Statistics SA today.

For the year to date, 321 034 overseas travellers arrived on South African shores, compared with just 75 540 for the same period last year. 

Notably, the United States (with 23 789 arrivals) has surpassed the United Kingdom (15 111) as the top international inbound market, although arrivals from the whole of Europe still account for more than 50% of inbound tourists from overseas.


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