SA’s tourism industry records improvement

A report by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) shows that the country’s tourism industry is experiencing a slight improvement after months of freefalling.

One of the key findings in the publication Tourist accommodation, September 2020 was that seasonally adjusted income from accommodation increased by 56,7% month-on-month in September 2020 and by 98,6% month-on-month in August.

However, accommodation establishments are not out of the woods yet, as the overall picture looks bleak. As shown in the graph below, the tourist accommodation bookings naturally dropped sharply when Lockdown Level 5 was instated in March 2020.

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Source: Getaway