South Africa

South Africa

Global context

International tourism expenditure (US$bn)<3.5
Global rank for international tourism expenditure>50
Number of outbound visits (m)5.5
Most visited destinationMozambique
Most visited destination in Western EuropeUnited Kingdom

Key demographic and economic data

Population (m)57.5
GDP per capita PPP (US$)11,967
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)1.5
Annual average GDP growth in the past year (%)0.7

Inbound visits to Britain

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Access to Britain from South Africa

Weekly aircraft departures46
Weekly seat capacity14,439
Airports with direct routes in South Africa2
Airports with direct routes in Britain2
  • There are 46 direct, non-stopping flight departures to Britain a week, with a total seat capacity of 14,439 seats a week*
  • Two airports in South Africa serve two British airports*
  • In October 2018 British Airways will resume serving the Durban-London Heathrow route, which means a third South African city will have a direct route to Britain
  • The current reduced rate of Air Passenger Duty for visitors departing Britain for South Africa is £78


*2017 data