Foreign Visitors to Nelson Mandela Bay Spent R198.4 Million In 2013

OCTOBER 21, 2014

Foreign visitors to Nelson Mandela Bay last year spent R198.4 million, according to a report to be submitted to the Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture (EDTA) Committee later this week.

This is down on the R209.5 million foreign visitors spent in 2012 and the R267.1 million in 2011.

The report by Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) shows that 225 430 foreign visitors travelled to the metro last year, compared to 190 436 in 2012 and 247 357 in 2011.

The report shows that the number of domestic visitors travelling to the metro, however has increased over the past three years from 6 300 940 in 2011 to 7 053 013 in 2012 and 7 700 000 last year.

Matching that, spending by domestic overnight visitors increased from R1.8 billion in 2011 to just over R2 billion a year later and R2.1 billion last year.

NMBT reports that together with Bay-world and SAMREC it plans to create “a unique penguin experience that highlights the fact that Nelson Mandela Bay is home to the largest breeding colony in the world, adding that the anticipated launch date for the project is December this year.

NMBT says it is also engaging SANParks on working together to promote the metro and especially Addo.

It adds that it is looking at “creating more exposure” for the metro’s marine biodiversity and wildlife and will use the information provided by SANParks to develop a marketing message and will also be looking to promote “Big Seven” tours. - MetroMinutes.


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