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capetown thumb100 The New Age reports that tourism directly employed 686,596 people in 2016, an increase of 2.7% or 17,945 employees compared with 2015, a Statistics SA report indicated on Monday.  

Tourism’s share of total employment increased from 4.2% in 2015 to 4.4% in 2016.  Its direct gross value added increased from R99,348m in 2015 to R114,850m in 2016, a 156% increase.  Direct gross domestic product increased from R108,683m in 2015 to R125,136m in 2016, a 15.1% increase.  At the 2018 International Travel Trade Show in Berlin this month, SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona said tourism was vital to the SA economy, and that the sector should be nurtured for sustained and inclusive growth.  “Despite the challenges that tourism has endured over the last few years, it outperformed other key industries in terms of job creation, adding just over 40,000 net new jobs to the economy over the five-year period from 2012 to 2016,” Stats SA indicated.  The tourism sector’s 686,596 employees outnumber the respective work forces of utilities (118,000 employees) and mining (444,000 employees).  The growing number of people employed in tourism is said to provide some backing to Ntshona’s comment in Berlin that youngsters should consider the sector when exploring career opportunities.

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See too, ‘Tourism has a big role to play in creating jobs’, on page 8 of The New Age of 27 march 2018


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