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  • ANNUAL REPORT 2017 TOURISM STATISTICS

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    TOURISM STATISTICS ANNUAL REPORT 2017

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    TOURISM STATISTICS ANNUAL REPORT 2017

    Published by

    Statistics Botswana, Private Bag 0024, Gaborone Tel: (267) 3671300 Fax: (267) 3952201

    E-mail: info@statsbots.org.bw Website: www.statsbots.org.bw

    ISBN: 978-99968-458-4-0

    COPYRIGHT RESERVED Extracts may be published if source is duly acknowledged.

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    PREFACE

    This tourism annual report provides the latest statistics on both visitors and non-visitors during 2017 and follows the 2016 report released in September 2018.

    The information contained in this publication is compiled from completed immigration embarkation forms. International travelers entering and leaving the country are required to complete embarkation forms at all gazetted points of entry/departure. This covers all land borders as well as airports.

    Users who require more information can contact the Directorate of Stakeholder Relations on 3671300. All Statistics Botswana outputs/publications are available on the website at www.statsbots.org.bw and at the Statistics Botswana Information Resource Centre (Head-Office, Gaborone).

    I sincerely thank all stakeholders involved in the formulation of this report, particularly the Department of Immigration and Citizenship for the administrative data used to compile this Tourism Statistics Annual Report. I also thank all other stakeholders for their continued support as we strive to better serve users of our services.

    ………………………. Dr Burton S. Mguni Statistician General March 2019

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    PREFACE .........................................................................................................................................................................4

    List of Tables ...................................................................................................................................................................6

    List of Figures ..................................................................................................................................................................6

    Executive Summary .......................................................................................................................................................7

    1.0 Introduction and Background ........................................................................................................................8 1.1 Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………………………......8

    1.1.1 Arrangement of Report.………………………………………………………………………………….........8 1.1.2 Limitations of the Report…………….…………………………………………………………………...........8 1.2 Background…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..8

    2.0 International Tourist Arrivals ...........................................................................................................................9 2.1 Tourists by Country and Region of Residence ........................................................................................9 2.2 Top Ten Leading Overseas Countries ......................................................................................................9 2.3 Top Ten Leading SADC Countries ..........................................................................................................11 2.4 Tourists by Purpose of Entry .....................................................................................................................12

    2.5 Tourists by Mode of Arrival……………………………………………………………………………................12 2.6 Tourists by Month of Arrival.……………………………………………………………………………...............13

    2.7 Tourists by Age Distribution ......................................................................................................................14 2.8 Tourists by Sex Distribution .......................................................................................................................15

    2.9 Tourists by Sex and Purpose of Entry…………………………………………………………………...............15

    3.0 Overall Travelers (Arrivals and Departures)…………………………………………………………....................17 3.1 Purpose of Entry…………………………………..…………………………………………………………..........17

    3.2 Month of Arrival and Departure………………………………………………………………………..............18 3.3 Mode of Travel .........................................................................................................................................19

    3.4 Age Group ................................................................................................................................................20 3.5 Nationality .................................................................................................................................................20 3.6 Border Posts ...............................................................................................................................................21

    4.0 Technical Notes ............................................................................................................................................22 4.1 Data Source and Methodology .............................................................................................................22

    4.2 Definitions of Terms ……………………………………………………………………………………….............22

    5.0 Appendices ...................................................................................................................................................24

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    List of Tables

    Table 1: Top Ten Overseas Countries by Type and Country of Residence, 2017 ..............................................10 Table 2: Top Ten SADC Countries by Type of Tourist and Country of Residence, 2017 ....................................11 Table 3: Distribution of Tourists by Type and Purpose of Entry, 2017 ....................................................................12 Table 4: Distribution of Tourists by Mode of Travel and Purpose of Entry, 2017 ..................................................13 Table 5: Number of Tourists by Age Group, 2017 ..................................................................................................14 Table 6: Number of Tourists by Sex and Purpose of Entry, 2017 ...........................................................................15 Table 7: Distribution of Arrivals and Departures by Mode of Travel, 2017 ..........................................................19

    List of Figures

    Figure 1: Distribution of Tourists from Leading Overseas Countries, 2017……………………….............................10 Figure 2: Distribution of Tourists from Leading SADC Countries, 2017………………..………….............................11 Figure 3: Number of Tourists by Month of Arrival, 2017………………………………………………….......................13 Figure 4: Percentage Distribution of Tourists by Age Group, 2017 ......................................................................14 Figure 5: Percentage Distribution of Tourists by Sex, 2017 ....................................................................................15 Figure 6: Distribution of Tourists by Sex and Purpose of Entry, 2017 .....................................................................16 Figure 7: Total Number of Arrivals and Departures from 2005 to 2017 ...............................................................17 Figure 8: Percentage Distribution of Arrivals by Purpose of Entry, 2017 ..............................................................18 Figure 9: Arrivals and Departures by Month 2017 .................................................................................................18 Figure 10: Distribution of Arrivals/ Departures by Age Group, 2017 ....................................................................20 Figure 11: Ten Busiest Border Posts, 2017 ................................................................................................................21

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    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    Tourists refer to both same day visitors and overnight tourists. In 2017, the country received a total of 1, 774, 960 visitors, with 91.4 percent attributable to tourists (overnight visitors) while same day visito