More tourists give occupancy rate a boost

Xolile Bhengu

Xolile Bhengu

Accommodation business owners had an income of R414 million in the third quarter, boosted by a 49,5percent occupancy rate.

Statistics SA's tourist accommodation report for September, released yesterday, said third-quarter income generation was from a 19,9percent increase of tourists arriving in South Africa compared with the same time last year.

The report said 4814600 tourists had increased stay unit nights sold during the third quarter, which were 3,7percent more than last year's 4644200 sales in the same period.

Statistics SA's survey is drawn from a list of enterprises registered with the South African Revenue Service for income tax purposes.

The report compiler, Andrew Rankhumise, said 914 hotels, caravan parks, camping sites, guesthouses and guest farms were surveyed.

Rankhumise said the overall third-quarter results reflected a year-on-year increase in the number of tourists visiting the country, and he expected fourth-quarter results to be even better.

"The only type of accommodation enterprise that had a negative reflection of income was the caravan parks and camping site industry, which was normal owing to temporary seasonal closure," Rankhumise said.

This sector had a downturn of -0,3percent.

"We expect a boom in the last quarter. People will be going on holiday and spending bonuses."