Cape Town hotels 40% full

2010-06-25 13:06

Cape Town - Accommodation establishments nearest to the Cape Town Stadium and other attractions were benefiting most from the soccer World Cup, Cape Town Tourism said on Friday.

In an assessment released as the tournament reached its halfway mark, it said occupancy levels for the metropole as a whole had averaged 40% for the first two weeks.

This figure increased by six percent from week one to week two and indications were that this upward trend would continue.

However some 28% of establishments were already enjoying occupancies of from 71% to 100%.

"The beneficial effect of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to accommodation establishments in Cape Town has been felt to the greatest effect in concentrated areas near to the stadium, major attractions and Fan Walk/Fan Fest areas," the organisation said.

"Establishments in the City Bowl, Waterfront and Greenpoint areas have experienced a 71% average occupancy during the past two weeks, around 20% up on the same period last year."

In general, establishments further from the centre had had disappointing bookings, with 39% reporting occupancy levels of below 20%.

English and American fans dominated the influx.

The average stay was currently three to four days, but this should increase as the tournament progressed.

Cape Town International Airport had reported that the number of international arrivals for June 2010 was up 44% on the same period in 2009. Domestic arrivals were up by 10%.

  - Sapa

  • Investor - 2010-06-25 17:20

    Hotels could be 100% full if the ANC wake up and the police do something about the fact that SA has become a lawless state where criminals do not fear the law.

  • greg - 2010-06-27 09:04

    @Investor Joburg hotels are 100% full

  • Marius - 2010-06-28 10:04

    It is not the first time that Cape Town hotels burn their fingers with overpricing. When will they learn. The fact that most matches takes place in Johannesburg or close to it and that tourists uses it as a base has its effect of course but it think that the Cape Town hotel industry needs to examine itself.

  • GT@Investor - 2010-06-29 14:36

    Get a life, ANC did nothing pure poor planning and marketing from Hotels. Most hotels in Cape Town increased the number of beds, but forgot one thing. The problem with Cape townians is one, they like to immetate Europeans. Let me share with you, my wife always in a resturant make sure we order something she cannot cook, why order something she can cook. The problem with Cape Town they build four and five stars hotels, why sleep in a four or five star in SA while i can sleep in one at Home (Europe). Most tourists prefared to sleep at the camping sites and Townships, something they don't get to experience at home. Life is not about comfort zone, but it's about experiencing new things unknown to you.

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