UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT
ALARMING DECLINE IN TOURISM INDUSTRY
ISSUED BY MTUTUZELI MBADI, MP
report by an auditing firm indicates that overall foreign visitor numbers to SA
have declined for the first time in 15 years. This report, which comes shortly
after government launched its high-profile tourism campaign, paints a grim
picture. The report is in sharp contrast to the Minister's claims that the
tourism industry is "booming."
is patently obvious when one looks at the facts that all is not well, contrary
to government claims. Statistics indicate that between January and July this
year the average hotel occupancy was 61.9%. This is a decline from 63.1% over
the same period last year. International arrivals have dropped dramatically over
the past three years from 9.5% to 2.2% in year-on-year growth. Even overseas
tourist arrivals have declined from 12% in 1998 to a mere 4% last year.