Tourism: Tourist accommodation shows marked increase in South Africa


Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) published its quarterly survey on tourist accommodation for the period ending May 2019. Compared to May 2018, the sector showed an increase of nearly 5% in tourism accommodation.

The data used in the publication was derived from the monthly survey of the tourist accommodation industry; which in turn was based on a sample drawn from the 2018 Business Sampling Frame (BSF).

The survey looks at various factors affecting hotels, motels, caravan parks, camping sites, guest houses, guest farms and other forms of short-stay commercial accommodation. Stats SA explained:

The 2018 sample of 1 143 enterprises was drawn from a population of 4 323 enterprises using stratified simple random sampling. The enterprises were first stratified at 5-digit level according to the SIC and then by size of enterprises. All large enterprises are completely enumerated. Turnover was used as the measure of size for stratification.

Tourist Accommodation 2019 – what the figures show
The stats below are used in the analysis of comparative business and industry performance. It’s clear from the data that the tourist accommodation industry is booming.

An increase of 4.8% was recorded in May 2019, as a result of a 1.3% decrease in the number of stay unit nights sold; as well as a 6.3% increase in the average income per stay per unit.

Caravan parks and camping sites showed the largest year-on-year growth from accommodation, with a staggering 44.6%. Guesthouses and guest farms showed a 12.1% increase.

Accommodation unit classified as ‘other’ showed a 9.3% increase. When compared to 2018, ‘other accommodation’ and hotels were the main contributors to the 4.8% year-on-year increase. The report also notes:
“Income from accommodation increased by 3.7% in the three months ended May 2019 compared with the three months ended May 2018. The main contributors to this increase were ‘other accommodation (8.9% and contributing 2.5 percentage points; as well as hotels (1.7% and contributing 1.1 percentage points.”

by Cheryl Kahla

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