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    Photo credit by Sabi Sabi Game Reseve, Kruger National Park, South Africa

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    Photo credit by Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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    Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

SA tourism growth beats world average

South Africa stands out as a tourist destination in the world, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Tuesday (16 April).

“Last year we grew at more than double the world average – 10.5% between January and November – compared with a global average growth of four percent,” he said at an awards ceremony in New York.

“With growth rates of more than double the world average or even quadruple the world average if one takes overseas visitors into account, we can look back very favourably on 2012.”He said tourism remained stable in South Africa in the midst of the 2008/09 global financial crisis.

“South Africa is indeed a varied destination which offers tourist experiences that suit every taste and budget,” Van Schalkwyk said.

“Visitors to South Africa stand in awe of how much this country has to offer, which includes the variety of experiences, the value for money, our world-class tourism infrastructure and of course our culturally-diverse people.”

He said 2013 was a special year for South Africa, as it had entered its 20th year of democracy.

“Irrespective of what news agencies may tell you, South Africa still remains a story of hope, a story of inspiration, and a story of the future,” Van Schalkwyk said.

“That’s why more and more people want to come to our country and see it for themselves,” he added.

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