Importance of tourism in the Western Cape

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According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO, 2018), international tourist arrivals grew by a significant 7% year-on-year (y-o-y), from 1.04 billion to a high of 1.32 billion in 2017.

The strong growth trend is forecast to continue in the short-term with a growth rate of 4%-5% projected for 2018.

The positive global tourism results and forecasts have been shaped by the global economic upswing and robust outbound demand from many traditional and emerging source markets.