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StatsSA reports year-on-year increase in tourist accommodation income

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StatsSA has revealed that tourist accommodation increased in June 2021 compared to 2020, with seasonally adjusted income decreasing by 5.3 percent in June.

Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) released its key findings on tourist accommodation on Monday, 23 August 2021. It reported that when measured in current prices, total income for the tourist accommodation industry increased by 1012.4 percent in June 2021, compared to June 2020.

StatsSA revealed that income from accommodation increased by 652.4 percent year-on-year in June 2021, as a result of a 540.1 percent increase in the number of stay unit nights sold, and a 17.6 percent increase in average income per stay unit sold. The main contributors to the year-on-year increase in income were mainly hotels and ’other’ accommodation. In the second quarter of 2021, accommodation income increased by 1378.3 percent, compared to 2020. The main contributors were hotels with 1211.5 percent, contributing 803.2 percentage points. ‘Other’ accommodation stood at 1500.4 percent, contributing 472.6 percentage points.

Seasonally adjusted accommodation income decreased by 5.3 percent month-on-month in June 2021, with the largest negative growth rates recorded for caravan parks and camping sites at -13.8 percent and hotels at -12.1 percent. StatsSA also revealed that in June 2021, all accommodation types recorded large year-on-year growth in income, with the largest increases reported by guesthouses, guest-farms, caravan parks and camping sites.

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