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Stats SA releases tourist accommodation industry findings for July 2021

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StatsSA has released findings on the tourist accommodation industry for July 2021, reporting positive increases in July 2021 compared to July 2020, while the seasonally adjusted income decreased.

On Monday, 20 September 2021, Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) released its findings on the tourist accommodation industry. Measured in nominal terms, the total income for the industry reportedly increased by 121.8 percent in July 2021 when compared to July 2020.

According to the findings, income from accommodation increased by 237.3 percent year-on-year in July 2021. This was the result of a 226.8 percent increase in the number of stay unit nights sold and a 3.2 percent increase in the average income per stay unit night sold.

In July 2021, StatsSA also reported that all accommodation types had recorded large positive year-on-year growth in income from accommodation. Income from accommodation increased by 589.0 percent in the three months ended July 2021, compared to the three months ended July 2020. Seasonally adjusted income from accommodation, on the other hand, reportedly decreased by 36.8 percent month-on-month in July 2021.

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What is the purpose of the tourist accommodation survey?

The survey is conducted monthly and covers a sample of public and private enterprises involved in the short-stay accommodation industry. The results are used to compile estimates of the tourism satellite accounts (TSA) and the gross domestic product and its components.

What is the scope of the tourist accommodation survey?

The survey covers all tax-registered public and private enterprises that are mainly engaged in providing short-stay commercial accommodation. These include hotels, caravan parks, guest houses and guest farms, camping sites, motels, inns, as well those falling under ‘other’ accommodation.

What were main contributors to increased income for the three months ended July 2021 and seasonally adjusted decrease?

The main contributors to the increased income for the three months were hotels increasing by 457.3 percent, contributing 250.6 points, and other accommodation increasing by 688.6 percent, contributing 285.3 points. Hotels, guest houses and farms contributed to decreased seasonal income.

Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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