According to the South African Tourism report released earlier this week, USA visitor arrivals to South Africa have doubled for the summer months of May through August 2010. The country known as “Travel Capital of the World” has also hosted the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup this year.
Records reveal that South Africa has seen high increases in US tourist arrivals. The number of arrivals increased by 16.2% in May 2010 before World cup followed by 98.9% increase in June, 9.7% increase in July and 35.2% in August, top holiday season in the West. The busiest month for flights to South Africa is June when the number of tourist arrivals almost doubled than any given year.
Holidays makes book flights to Cape Town and Durban for the fantastic beach vacations while flights to Johannesburg are a key point for travelers planning onward and business trips. The increase in August arrivals also indicates that South Africa’s increasing popularity extends beyond world cup spectators These positive increases bring South Africa’s year-to-date arrivals through August 2010 to 193,317, a growth of 26% over this same period in 2009. The United States was the largest International purchaser of tickets to the World Cup. At this occasion, Sthu Zungu, President, South African Tourism, North America stated:
These numbers confirm what we believed all along – that tourism would be one of the key beneficiaries of the successful hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, She further added We have gained thousands of new friends, who will be the best advocates for our country. Millions more were introduced to our amazing destination via the extensive television coverage, and are now excited about visiting South Africa.
Overseas arrivals in South Africa, increased by 118% in June, 17% in July and 18% in August.