The number of trips taken by South Africans travelling domestically is on the decline‚ as their disposable cash dwindles. This is valid for both day trips and overnight travel‚ according to Statistics SA data showing a three-year comparison. The total number of day trips taken decreased from 54.4-million in 2013 to 48-million in 2014 and to 44.3-million in 2015. Overnight trips declined from 50.8-million in 2013 to 47.3-million in 2014 and 45.4-million in 2015. Almost half of overnight trips were for the purpose of visiting friends and relatives‚ and those undertaking them did not make use of paid accommodation for these trips. "A visit to friends and relatives was the most popular reason for undertaking overnight trips‚ as approximately 13-million trips were taken for this reason in 2015. For most of these visits‚ travellers did not make use of paid accommodation‚ which had a negative impact in boosting the economy and job creation in the tourism sector‚" Statistician-General Pali ...

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