Tourism accommodation records the best August in a decade

With an average room occupancy of 71.7 percent recorded by Namibian tourism accommodation establishments last month, this year’s peak tourism month is officially the highest August occupancy recorded by the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) in the last decade.

Based on occupancy reports submitted to HAN from its members, Namibia has seen a growth in guest numbers at accommodation establishments by more than 10 percent compared to August last year. Already in July, an increase of over five percent on 2015 was recorded in the local tourism industry, which has led to many tour operators speculating that this year could be one of the best yet for the industry.

While HAN data is not inclusive of all accommodation facilities in the country, the statistics compare well with similar data released by lodge groups recently and is seen as a good indicator of the status quo of the entire tourism sector. Last year was a less successful year for Namibian tourism (as well as for tourism in southern Africa in general), with general occupancy in August sinking to a low of 60 percent, causing some discouragement after the positive growth the previous year. Reasons for the slump were seen in the effects of the Ebola scare at the time, as well as restrictive visa and travel regulations imposed by South Africa.

In 2014, Namibia recorded an average room occupancy of 69.5 percent in August, until then the highest recording in occupancy after Namibia’s boom year of 2008, when the peak month of August recorded 65 percent.

The average occupancy for Namibian tourism accommodation establishments in the peak travel month of August over the past 10 years has been around 59.5 percent, making this year’s result of 71.7 percent a clear indication of the positive trend the sector is able to enjoy at present.

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Source: New Era