South Africa saw a marked increase in tourist arrivals in 2007, it has been revealed.

South Africa saw a marked increase in tourist arrivals in 2007, it has been revealed.

Speaking at a conference yesterday (July 28th), South Africa Tourism chief executive Moeketsi Mosola said he is confident tourist numbers will grow still further, possibly reaching ten million by 2010.

According to the organisation, the country recorded 9.09 million foreign arrivals in 2007, up by 8.3 per cent on 2006.

Most visitors arrived on flights to South Africa, with this method of transport to the country growing by 13.7 per cent.

“Visitors to South Africa continue to show high levels of satisfaction with our tourism offering. This bodes well for the future growth of our industry and our status as Fifa 2010 World Cup hosts entrenches our status as a capable and accessible destination,” commented Mr Mosola.

The organisation also found that more people are opting for cheap holidays, with stays in more affordable accommodation increasing.

It was reported earlier this week that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had enjoyed his stay in South Africa following the club’s participation in the Vodacom Challenge cup and subsequent tour of the country.

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