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International Tourism Boom in South Africa

South Africa experienced an international tourism boom in the first five months of the year, according to the country's Tourism Ministry. The number of travelers from places like the United States and Germany visiting South African game parks, beaches, and vineyards was up 19% compared to last year.

The surge can largely be attributed to South Africa's falling currency, spurred on by economic woes including an unemployment rate of 27%. At the moment, the U.S. dollar exchanges to about 14 rand, South Africa's currency. 

Also likely contributing to the increase in tourists: the country's decision to ease certain visa requirements and a possible reluctance on the part of international travelers to visit Europe in the wake of recent terrorist attacks. Some may be turning their attention to the southern hemisphere instead.