When other countries has decreased the interest of tourists to visit due to the prolonged economic crisis, the country South Africa is precisely the opposite. Recorded until mid-2012, the country received 4.4 million tourists, an increase of 10.5 percent from the original only 3.9 million tourists visiting in the same period in 2011.

Most of the tourists who visit the South African country comes from China, India, and Brazil. Visitors from China increased by 68 percent, India 21 percent and Brazil by 68 percent. With the increase in tourists, at least the results of foreign exchange obtained by the South African, also increased. At this year's South African foreign exchange from tourism increased 17.1 percent, and revenues of 10 million U.S. dollars.

South African Minister of Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk said the increase in Chinese visitors is largely due to the release of South African Airways direct flights between Johannesburg and Beijing in January.






"I hope that the South African tourism sector will continue to improve in the second half of this year, despite the predictions of the World Tourism Organization says that growth in the tourism sector will decline due to the global economic crisis," says van Schalkwyk.

South Africa began to position itself as a major tourist destination after decades of closing yourself off from the world with the policy of Apartheid. Cape Town and the Winelands has proven to be a magnet of tourists with many safari parks, especially the Kruger National Park. Watching wildlife activities including whale-watching near Hermanus, and some stunning beaches, particularly along the coast of Western Cape, is also a magnet for tourists.

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