Tourism accommodation industry posts modest revenue increase

Total income for the tourist accommodation industry rose 1.8% in September from a year earlier, Stats SA showed on Monday.

The industry made R2.08bn in September‚ compared with R1.927bn in September last year.

Income from accommodation — which excludes restaurant and bar sales and other income — was 3.8% higher than a year ago, as a 5.4% increase in the average income per stay unit nights sold more than made up for a 1.5% fall in the number of stay unit nights sold.

The types of accommodation that recorded the largest year-on-year growth in income in September were caravan parks and camping sites (up 52%)‚ guesthouses and guest farms (10.3%)‚ and “other” accommodation (9.8%.)

The statistics show that income from accommodation increased by 4.4% in the third quarter of 2017 compared with the third quarter of 2016.