The African National Congress welcomes the Annual Tourism Statistics released by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Comrade Jacob Zuma today. The statistics show strong growth in the number of tourists to South Africa, increasing almost 10% from the year before. We are particularly pleased that South Africa's tourism growth rate is more than double than of the global average, indeed reaffirming our country as an attractive, competitive, safe and sought after tourist destination.
The African National Congress congratulates government broadly; Brand South Africa and all role-players involved in the marketing and promotion of our country. The tourism statistics demonstrate the success of their initiatives and are an expression of the confidence the international community has in our country as evidenced by the 15% growth in tourists arriving into South Africa from outside our continent, most notably from Europe, Asia and South America.
The people of South Africa should be jointly proud and take ownership of this success as they continue to welcome the world to a South Africa that is a destination of choice, open for business and constantly inspiring new ways.