South Africa Situation Report

By Michele de Witt - Director at Horwath HTL South Africa

12 March 2013
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International tourist arrivals in South Africa are estimated to have increased by approximately 10.5% in the first seven months of the year (Overseas: +16.4%; Africa: +8.5%). Domestic tourism is estimated to account for about 70% of the total visitor market and about 35% of total tourism spend. Yet in spite of a weaker domestic economic outlook and moderating domestic visitor market, the South African hotel market has shown some evidence of a recovery in 2012.

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Michele de Witt

Michelè de Witt has more than 20 years experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. Her experience covers a wide range of activities enabling her to provide a spectrum of services from market analyses, concept development, financial feasibility studies and operator selection to troubleshooting for existing operations, and developing standard operating policies and procedures to support organisational objectives. Michelè has served on various tourism and hospitality committees in South Africa and in 2012 was elected Chairperson of FEDHASA Cape. Michelè is also a member of the South African Property Owners Association and the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa.

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