South Africa

South Africa

Global context

Measure2019
International tourism expenditure (US$bn)<4.1
Global rank for international tourism expenditure>50
Number of outbound visits (m)5.4
Most visited destinationMozambique
Most visited destination in Western EuropeUnited Kingdom

Key demographic and economic data

Measure2019
Population (m)58.7
GDP per capita PPP (US$)12,184
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)1.7
Annual average GDP growth in the past year (%)0.2

Inbound visits to Britain from South Africa

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Average spend per visit (GBP)

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Access to Britain from South Africa

Measure2019
Weekly aircraft departures51
Weekly seat capacity15,927
Airports with direct routes in South Africa3
Airports with direct routes in Britain2
  • In 2019, 3 airports in South Africa served 2 British airports: London Heathrow and London Gatwick
  • In 2019, weekly flight departures increased by 15% on 2018
  • Out of all the airlines to operate the South African to Britain route in 2019, British Airways served the most departing seats, with a 66% share
  • In 2019, average weekly seat capacity grew by 11% compared to the previous year
  • In 2019, the highest share of departing seats came from the Johannesburg to London Heathrow route, with a 71% share
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a 66% reduction in direct seat capacity from South Africa to the UK in 2020
  • The current reduced rate of Air Passenger Duty for visitors departing Britain for South Africa is £78