The past two decades have been especially exciting for the burgeoning and subsequent boom of the SA tourism industry in Joburg.
Recorded visitor numbers indicate that things will not be slowing down any time soon! According to the sixth annual MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index released in November 2016, Johannesburg is the Most-Visited City in Africa for the fourth year running. With an estimated 3.6 million international overnight visitors in 2016, Johannesburg has seen a 6.2% increase on the previous year’s 3.39 million visitors.”
While a vast number of visitors arrive for business trips or events, ever increasing numbers are staying to explore and experience Johannesburg’s fascinatingly diverse, urban tourism and lifestyle events. Statistics show that the African Markets visit Johannesburg for mainly business purposes and shopping. Overseas markets travel for holiday, business trips, visiting friends and relatives, or often have a combination of these.
Core markets, listed according to size, are Europe [including the UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy], followed by North America, Asia, Australasia, Central & South America, Middle East and the African mainland.
Johannesburg’s allure as Africa’s most exciting business opportunity destination and a vibrant, cultural hotspot is renowned. It truly is an all year round global destination for business, sports, leisure, lifestyle, design, art exhibitions, fashion and film. The City’s legendary shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife is complemented by fabulous weather as well as an astonishing array of facilities which add to its appeal as a destination.
The development of the tourism scene and things to do in in Johannesburg over the past twenty years has seen a dramatic increase in the number of precincts, museums and tourist attractions to highlight the city’s fascinating story, developed by both the public and private sectors.
Vilakazi Street in Soweto, the Maboneng Precinct to the east of the City, as well as Braamfontein further north, are just some of the lively neighbourhoods and precincts which have come into their own over the past decade or more.
Places to visit in Johannesburg include new heritage sites that have been brought into being include the Origins Centre at Wits, the Apartheid Museum at Gold Reef City, the award-winning Liliesleaf Farm, the Hector Pietersen and Chancellor House Museums and the epic Constitution Hill complex, home to South Africa’s Constitutional Court.
These are several fun things to do in Johannesburg that have been developed to take in the City’s diversity in terms of themes and attractions, including arts, cuisine, Indian and Chinese heritage, adventure and nature.
All these developments showcasing the city’s extraordinary story have been complemented by infrastructural developments [like the high-speed train - Gautrain and the Rapid Bus System - the Rea Vaya BRT], another exiting thing to do in Johannesburg is making use of the City’s Sightseeing Bus, Johannesburg’s first hop on, hop off tourist bus and hundreds of tour guides, Soweto tours and transport companies operating in the private sector.
Johannesburg boasts layer upon layer of fascinating history, development and human interest stories – of course not forgetting the leisure and lifestyle aspects of entertainment, sports, music, arts and culture. This is a city with a colorful past and a future filled with excitement, potential and promise.