Statistics South Africa released the Tourism and Migrations figures between March 2018 and March 2019. According to the data, South African tourist arrivals have shown no growth, with overseas tourists declining by 9,2% year-to-date from 260 515 to 236 647.\n\n\n\nTravel and tourism insiders now say that if they look at how bad Cape Town\u2019s \u201cDay Zero\u201d water crisis was handled, as well as rising crime, they cannot really blame international travellers for choosing to spend their booty in other parts the world.\n\n\n\nTourismUpdate reports that a comparison of movements in the ten leading countries from March 2018 to March 2019 shows that the number of tourists increased for six of the ten smaller leading source countries (Brazil, China, The Netherlands, USA, India and Canada) but decreased for the other four major source countries (Germany, Australia, UK and France).\n\n\n\nSee for yourself: \n\n\n\nUK, 42 772, down 4.9%US, 35 125, up 0.9%Germany, 33 940, down 14.1%France, 17 451, down 9.6%The Netherlands, 10 364, down 1.8%Australia, 8 099, down 8.9%China, 7 679, up 3.7%Canada, 7 148, up 3.2%India, 7 043, down 4%Brazil, 6 423, up 0.5%\n\n\n\n Brazil had the largest increase of 19.8% from 5 363 tourists in March 2018 to 6 423 in March 2019. However, when looking at the entire Q1 from 2018 and 2019, Brazil only showed a 0.5% increase.\n\n\n\nHard work will be needed \n\n\n\nFor overseas countries, the number of tourists to South Africa is generally highest in quarter one and quarter four. Quarter two is characterised by a large decrease in number of tourists, reaching its lowest in June, followed by a gradual increase into the third quarter.\n\n\n\nAccording to the World Tourism Organisation, the May to August period includes the peak tourism season in most of the world\u2019s major tourism destinations and source markets, which explains the significant reduction in number of tourists to South Africa during this period.\n\n\n\nMartin Wiest, CEO of Tourvest told TourismUpdate.co.za that \u201cMarch numbers by themselves are not conclusive. However, and very importantly, 2018 was an absolute record year and it would be na\u00efve to expect those results every year. The industry seems to be back at 2017 volumes which we thought were brilliant then, but hard work will be needed to grow South African tourism again.\n\n\n\n\u201cTourism is overall down in South Africa and, interestingly, also Namibia since January. Reasons are difficult to pinpoint, however growing East Africa gaining market-share of Africa travellers and some occurrences of crime toward tourists publicised in global media would have had an effect,\u201d says Wiest.