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South Africa: Johannesburg Most Popular Destination in Africa
Source: SA - the Good News
Source Date: Friday, June 14, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: South Africa
Created: Jun 14, 2013

Johannesburg also comes out tops in Africa in terms of international visitor spending, with US$2.7 billion estimated to be injected into the city during 2013, a slight increase (1%) on 2012’s expenditure.
“For the first time in the Index’s three year history, Johannesburg occupies the number one rank in terms of expected international visitor arrivals in Africa,” says Philip Panaino, division president, MasterCard, South Africa. “Home to the continent’s busiest airport and the air transport hub of southern Africa, Johannesburg has grown from strength to strength,” he says.
The MasterCard Index of Global Destination Cities ranks cities in terms of the number of their total international visitor arrivals and the cross-border spending by these same visitors in the destination cities. It also gives visitor and passenger growth forecasts for 2013.
The top three cities from which most visitors to Johannesburg originate are London (299,000 people), Frankfurt (187,000 people), and Dubai (157,000 people), with all of these expected to grow in 2013. The number of visitors from London is expected to increase by 5.6%, followed by those from Frankfurt (4.5%), and Dubai (2.4%).
In more detail, Londoners are expected to spend US$482 million during 2013 (an average of US$1,612.04 per person), those from Frankfurt will spend approximately US$134 million (an average of US$716.58 per person), while Dubai visitors are projected to spend US$113 million (an average of US$719.75 per person).
“The Index also reveals the cities that people from Johannesburg are travelling to, and it was found that in most cases they are choosing African destinations,” says Panaino. “Four of the top five outbound destinations for Johannesburg travellers are within Africa. Maputo and Harare top the list; London comes in third, followed by Lagos and Windhoek.”
Durban, while only ranked 12th in Africa, is the second fastest growing African city in 2013 – behind Dakar - in terms of international visitors, with a projected 26% growth in 2013. Cross-border spending is also expected to grow by nearly 22% – albeit off a low base.
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