More people are going camping - StatsSA

2014-12-08 11:26
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Cape Town - Stats SA’s latest Tourist Accommodation Survey shows the highest year-on-year growth rates in income from accommodation were from caravan parks and camping sites at 64% for October.

The monthly survey covers a sample of public and private enterprises involved in the short-stay accommodation industry in South Africa and is used to compile estimates of the tourism satellite accounts (TSA) and the gross domestic product (GDP) and its components, which are used to develop and monitor government policy.

These statistics are also used in the analysis of comparative business and industry performance.

StatsSA said on its website findings are measured in nominal terms (current prices), total income for the tourist accommodation industry increased by 8,0% in October 2014 compared with October 2013.

"Income from accommodation increased by 9,3% year-on-year in October 2014, the result of a 6,9% increase in the number of stay unit nights sold and a 2,2% increase in the average income per stay unit night sold."

"In October 2014 the main contributors to the 9,3% year-on-year increase in income from accommodation in October 2014 were hotels (contributing 5,2 percentage points) and ‘other’ accommodation (contributing 3,4 percentage points)."

Income from accommodation increased by 9,6% in the three months ended October 2014 compared with the three months ended October 2013. The main contributors to this increase were:

·         hotels (9,7% and contributing 6,2 percentage points); and

·         Other’ accommodation (9,6% and contributing 2,9 percentage points).

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