Cape Town is more popular for it’s tourist attractions, but the city of gold outshines the Mother when it comes to annual visitors, apparently. According to the just-published MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, South Africa’s two biggest metropololies top the list of African destinations for travellers but it’s Joburg and not Table Mountain that takes the crown.
The index ranks the world 132 cities from around the world according to the amount of visitors it received in 2013 and its projected visitors for 2014 and the cross-border spending by visitors in the destination cities. London came out tops for the third year in a row as the most visited city in the world and is projected to have received 18.7 million international visitors by the end of this year.
Over four million visitors are expected to have landed on Johannesburg by the end of 2014, while 1.6 million are expected in Cape Town. Cairo, Lagos and Casablanca came in third, fourth and fifth place. Johannesburg’s international overnight visitor spend for 2014 is estimated at $3.2 billion (around R320 billion), while Cape Town’s estimated international overnight visitor spend stands at $2.3 billion (around R230 billion)
The index also reveals that most of these international visitors coming into Johannesburg are from London, Frankfurt, Harare, Maputo and Paris while most visitors from around Africa come from neighbouring countries Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana and Swaziland.