Tourist arrivals from the US were down only 1% year on year for the month of July, compared with a 7% decline for the first seven months of the year, suggesting that the decline from SA’s second-largest market has slowed.

This is according to the latest arrival stats published last week by Statistics South Africa.

The July figures are an improvement on the figures for the first half of the year, where arrivals from the US were down 8%. It is also a significant improvement on June, which showed a 10% drop year on year.

For the first seven months of the year, SA saw 166 759 arrivals from the US, compared with 178 728 for the same period last year.

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