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South Africa ranks first among African countries in Travel and Tourism Development Index 2024

In the latest edition of the index, South Africa was ranked 55th out of 119 countries, making it the best country in Africa. The report highlights that South Africa ranks first on the continent in terms of travel and tourism economy. This is reported by GCIS on behalf of the South African Department of Tourism.

Minister of Tourism Patricia de Lille expressed satisfaction with the ranking, attributing it to the government’s commitment to developing the tourism sector through partnerships with the private sector. The country improved its ranking by 7 positions, receiving high scores in price competitiveness, ICT readiness, natural resources and socioeconomic impact.

South Africa welcomed around 8.5 million international visitors in 2023, an increase of 48.9 percent from the previous year. The number of visitors from the rest of the world also increased by 15.4 percent in the first quarter of 2024.

The Minister of Lille emphasized the importance of working with the private sector to further increase the contribution of the tourism sector to the country’s GDP and efforts to create jobs.


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