South Africa Welcomes Over 1 Million Visitors

Published July 5, 2010

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's department of home affairs says more than 1 million visitors entered the country between June 1 and July 1 — 25 percent more than the same period in 2009.

The department says its Movement Control System recorded 1,020,321 tourists in the month coinciding with the World Cup, up from 819,495 a year ago.

The department says it expects the number to rise further as the tournament reaches the semifinals and final.

The highest number of visitors were from neighboring southern African countries followed by the U.K., the United States, Germany, Australia, Brazil and Mexico.

Forty-three "undesirables" were prohibited from boarding airlines to South Africa, with 188 people denied entry on arrival.

 

Written by <P>PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer</P>

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