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July tourism accommodation income up

2012-09-25 11:26

Johannesburg - Total income for SA’s accommodation industry increased by 8.8% in July this year compared with the same month last year‚ Statistics SA’s (Stats SA's) tourist accommodation survey released on Tuesday showed.

The 8.8% translated into R2.479bn in monetary terms.

The survey is conducted monthly and covers a sample of public and private enterprises involved in the short stay accommodation industry‚ with the results used to compile estimates of tourism satellite accounts as well as the gross domestic product.

Total income for the industry increased by 11.7% in the three months ended July this year compared with the three months ended July last year‚ figures showed.

Total income includes income from hotels‚ caravan parks and camping sites‚ guest houses and guest farms‚ and “other” accommodation.

Stats SA said that income from accommodation rose by 13.4% in the three months ended July this year compared with the three months ended July last year.

The increase was mainly due to an increase of 10.3% in the number of stay unit nights sold.

There was a 10.1% year-on-year increase in the income from accommodation in July.

The number of stay units available increased by 1.9% in the three months ended July this year compared with the three months ended July last year‚ with the number increasing also by 1.9% on a year-on-year basis in July.

Stay unit nights sold also rose on an annual basis‚ Stats SA reported.


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