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How many people are employed in South Africa’s tourism sector?

From January to March 2020, some 2,906,779 South African jobs were created by tourism-related industries. This figure is an increase of 1,7% (49,017) in total jobs created by the tourism-related industries when compared to January-March 2019.

Note: Previous quarterly performance reports provided estimates on the number of direct jobs created by the tourism sector in South Africa by applying ratios to the different tourism-related industries. The ratios are sourced from the latest Tourism Satellite Account. However, due to the uncertainty related to COVID-19, tourism ratios have not been applied therefore these figures report on the total number of jobs created by the tourism-related industries of which some could be due to the direct contribution of tourism.

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