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Published on : Wednesday, July 22, 2015
In a data release, Statistics South Africa said on Monday that total income measured in nominal terms (current prices) for the tourist accommodation industry increased by 7.0 per cent in May 2015 compared with May 2014.
Income from accommodation increased by 6.4 per cent year-on-year in May 2015, the result of a 0.2 per cent decrease in the number of stay unit-nights sold and a 6.6 per cent increase in the average income per stay unit-night sold.
In May 2015, the types of accommodation which recorded positive year-on-year growth rates in income from accommodation were hotels (7.8 per cent), “other” accommodation (4.6 per cent) and guest houses and guest farms (1.8 per cent).
“Other accommodation” excludes hotels, caravan parks and camping sites, guest houses and guest farms.
The main contributors to the 6.4 per cent year-on-year increase in income from accommodation in May 2015 were hotels (contributing five percentage points) and “other” accommodation (contributing 1.3 percentage points).
Income from accommodation increased by 8.0 per cent in the three months ended May 2015 compared with the three months ended May 2014. The main contributors to this increase were hotels (9.2 per cent and contributing 5.8 percentage points) and “other” accommodation (6.0 per cent and contributing 1.8 percentage points).