The number of foreign tourists arriving into South Africa annually is up by 1.5 per cent, according to the StatsSA2019 report on theSouth African tourism industry. The industry already contributes 2.9 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employs 4.4 per cent of the total workforce. This rapid growth will continue into the future with the annual tourism receipts expected to increase by 4.2 per cent every year until 2027. The tourism industry has contributed to the growth of other industries in the country, with one of them being the boating industry.
The emerging boating industry in South Africa
In South Africa, there are thousands of locally made and imported boats operating in water bodies across South Africa both for economic and recreational purposes. More than half of the South African border is a long coastline, stretching 2,798 kilometres along the Indian and South Atlantic Oceans where you can have unforgettable boating experience. If you are lucky, you may be able to catch glimpses of whales, seals, and dolphins from your boat. On top of that, South Africa has many rivers, dams, and lakes, where you can have even more fun on your boat whether you are fishing or enjoying the spectacular views South Africa, has to offer. Depending on where you are boating, you’ll want a boat that can handle the job. If you want an adrenaline-filled experience on the water, a powerboat like the 2013 Glastron GT-185/BR is a great choice. If you want a more relaxed sailing experience, the 2006 MacGregor 26M/SL is an excellent choice.
Boating events in South Africa
Thanks to the growing popularity of boating in South Africa, there are various boating events held across the country that both locals and tourists can enjoy. The biggest boating event in South Africa is the annual Cape Town International Boat Show that brings together the manufacturers and buyers of boats, accessories, and equipment to share and explore the many facets of the boating industry. The event showcases some of the world’s finest yachts, exotic boats, and catamarans. Visitors can enjoy family fun and interactive water activities for 3 days. The upcoming 2019 edition of the show is set to be bigger than ever before with over 70 luxury boats on display, over 8 interactive experiences, 150 exhibitors, and over 10,000 visitors. Other boat shows in South Africa include the Durban Boat Show, the Johannesburg Boat and Water Show, among others.
The South African tourism industry continues to play a key role in driving the economy and sparking the growth of other related industries. With more tourists streaming in, the growth will keep propelling South Africa further up the list of the world’s most sought-after tourist destinations.