With 2.5 million international visitors in 2013, up to 53.6% from 2009, Jo’burg ranked as the first popular destination in Africa by MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index.
Thanks to this incredible increase, Johannesburg is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Not forgetting that South Africa hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup which surely gave the city an extra boost. Johannesburg is now the 3rd largest city by population and visitors on the African Continent, surpassing Cairo and Lagos.
All this shows that Johannesburg and South Africa have a great touristic and business travel future. This will allow Jo’burg to increase its popularity among international travelers.
Johannesburg is also the cultural center of South Africa. It was the host of numerous national and international exhibitions and events in 2013, such as : BODY WORLD & The cycle of life, the Classic Car Show, the prestigious EXSA Industry Award, the 59th Commonwealth Conference or WineX. Events that dealt with various subjects as wines tasting, politics, industries or High Technologies.
Other key figure: the amount of passengers passing through OR Tambo International Airport will reach 24 million travelers per annum by 2015, an increase of 5 millions since 2009.
Johannesburg, formerly known for its violence and dangerousness, sees its bad reputation fading away at a fast pace.