The number of overseas visitors to South Africa fell in September compared to the same month last year, but the year-on-year figures are still better than 2014-2106, according to statistics released this week.

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Arrivals of foreigners from outside Africa for the month decreased by 4.1 percent, from 209,185 to 200,571, the report by the Department of Statistics noted. Most countries in Europe showed a decline in September, especially France and Germany, from where a big chunk of the travelers usually originate, while there was a slight increase in the USA, China, India and Brazil, which went up 11.9 percent, to 7,138.

According to a year-by-year graph by Stats SA, the worst year since 2014 has been 2015. The September figures for those two years was about or below 175,000. Though 2019 is marginally better than 2016, only the figures for October will tell whether the year has been able to break the mediocre trend.