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Johannesburg: the most visited city in Africa; eNCA

South Africa – Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s most-populated city, Johannesburg, has emerged as the most popular destination city in Africa in 2016 followed by Cape Town, according to the annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index released on Tuesday.

The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index showed that Johannesburg welcomed 4.57 million international overnight visitors in 2016, a 24 percent increase on the previous year’s 3.69 million visitors.

Cape Town rose from third place in 2015 to become the second most popular African destination city in 2016 with 1.52 million visitors.

Nigeria’s Lagos 1.04 million visitors, Morocco’s Casablanca 961,694 visitors, and Egypt’s Cairo 820,959 rounded out the top five African cities, while Durban remained in sixth place, attracting 758,057 international overnight visitors.

According to the Index, Johannesburg also topped the rankings in Africa in terms of international visitor expenditure, with travelers spending U.S.$2.56 billion in 2016.

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