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Tourism in OECD Countries 2008

Trends and Policies

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Tourism in OECD Countries 2008 is the first edition of a biennial publication which analyses best practice in OECD and selected non member economies. It surveys a number of initiatives taken by governments and businesses in the tourism field. The report opens with an overview of the key issues and challenges in tourism policy. The second chapter reviews two important aspects of tourism policy in more detail: the impact of global value chains on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in tourism; and the role of services trade liberalisation in tourism development. The third chapter presents detailed profiles on organisation, budgets, policies, programmes and statistics in tourism for 32 countries.

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South Africa

In 2006, almost 8.4 million foreign nationals visited South Africa. This was easily the highest number of arrivals South Africa has ever experienced, and it represented a 13.9% increase over the previous year (2005). The global average growth was 4.5% over this period. Tourism has been recognised at the highest possible level for its significant impact on the economy. The industry’s contribution to the GDP has increased from 4.6% in 1993 to 8.3% in 2006. South Africa is now looking to increase its GDP contribution to 12% by 2014. Tourism brings in over ZAR 66 billion (South African Rand) per annum to the economy and contributes over half a million jobs.

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