SA saw a 4.2% increase in the number of foreign tourists in April compared to the same month in 2018, according to Statistics SA, as the economy contracting in the first quarter of the year. 

Tourism contributed R426bn to the country’s economy in 2018 and SA's tourism sector is the largest in Africa, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. The sector is responsible for 1.5-million jobs, or 9.2% of total employment in SA.

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