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Latest tourist accommodation figures show recovery underway: South Africa

The latest data from Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) relating to tourist accommodation figures for March 2022 shows a positive increase. Total accommodation revenue increased to R1.7 billion, an increase of 88% compared to March 2021. For the whole of the first quarter of 2022, tourist accommodation revenue increased by 83% .

Measured in nominal terms (current prices), the total revenue of the tourist accommodation industry increased by 110.6% in March 2022 compared to March 2021.

Main findings

Accommodation revenue increased by 87.6% year-on-year in March 2022, the result of a 48.7% increase in the number of room nights sold and a 26.2% increase in the average revenue per night . sold.

In March 2022, the main contributors to the 87.6% year-on-year increase in accommodation revenue were hotels (110.3% and contributing 54.4 percentage points); and “other” accommodations (67.5% and contribution of 29.0 percentage points).

Hotel accommodation revenue increased by 118% in the first quarter compared to the first quarter of 2021. “Other” accommodation was 48.9% and contributed 22.0 percentage points) . Housing seasonally adjusted income increased 26.3% month on month in March 2022 and 3.4% month on month in February 2022.

Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu expressed her excitement over the latest data from Stats SA relating to tourist accommodation figures for March 2022, saying: “We particularly celebrate the rebound in hotel accommodation as it strengthens our record of growth. investment and rewards the confidence displayed by investors. in our tourism sector as we work hard for a recovery.

“We are also pleased that guest houses saw a 105% increase in revenue in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period last year. While other sectors continue to see revenue decline, the tourism continues to show a strong recovery. Our efforts are paying off.”

However, Sisulu expressed regret over Comair’s problems and its suspension of British Airways and Kulula flights, which could have a dampening effect on this strong recovery.

“Air transport is a key pillar for the recovery of tourism in South Africa and I am confident that the Sa tourism Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently signed with Emirates airlines to develop the tourism market in South Africa will soon bear fruit.” Says Sisulu. “A similar effort is underway with Qatar Airways and other airlines that will hopefully bridge this gap.”

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