JOHANNESBURG – Data from Statistics South Africa yesterday showed that tourists spend R5.5 billion in accommodation in the second quarter of this year, up 5.6 percent compared to the comparative period last year.
The lion’s share of the money went to hotels, followed by “other” accommodation.
Guesthouses and guest farms received R274 million in the period, while caravan parks and camping sites got R87.4m.
Tourism is one of the sectors flagged by President Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation address as having the potential to absorb more people into employment.
He said the tourism sector has the potential to more than double international tourist arrivals to 21 million by 2030.