Statistics South Africa recently released a three year study into domestic tourism, and as one would expect, it declined between 2013 and 2015.
The total number of day trips decreased from 54.4 million in 2013 to 48 million in 2014 and 44 million in 2015. Overnight trips decreased from 50.8 million in 2013 to 45.4 million in 2015. The highest number of trips were generated in December and January.
Despite the decline in the number of trips, the amount of money people spent on day trips increased from R35 billion in 2013 to R39 billion in 2014. Overnight trip expenditure increased from R68.5 billion in 2013 to R71 billion in 2014. These increases were driven by individuals in a high income group, as individuals in the low income group were less likely to travel. In 2015 both expenditure figures declined drastically, which was to be expected considering the current economic climate.
On day trips people spent money on shopping, transport, food and beverages. Overnight expenditure went towards transport, shopping, accommodation, food and beverages. Most money spent during day trips was spent in Gauteng, whereas overnight expenditure occurred in KwaZulu-Natal.
Gauteng and Limpopo were the most popular destinations for day travellers, while overnighters were most likely to visit Limpopo, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.