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In 2008, foreign travelers to South Africa initiated more than 13 million transactions with their Visa cards, up 11% from the previous year and accounting for $1.8 billion in tourism revenue, according to Visa Inc., a sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosted by South Africa. International Visa cardholders who visited South Africa during the first quarter of 2009 spent approximately $500 million, about the same amount tourists spent during the same period last year, according to a Visa. Mozambique, a country that borders South Africa, accounted for $21 billion in Visa card spending during the quarter. Visa did not reveal 2007 numbers and did not respond to CardLine requests for comment. United Kingdom and United States visitors to South Africa accounted for almost half the transaction volume in 2008 and spent more than $812 million. German, French, and Australian tourists also contributed heavily to South Africa's tourism industry, but Visa did not disclose specific data. 

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