Year-to-date figures released by STR were much better than those published at this time in 2021.
“We’ve gone from a national occupancy in 2021 of 31% to 50%, with the clear winners in higher occupancies being KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape.”
She believes international tourist stronghold, the Western Cape, will continue to attract growing numbers of inbound visitors, with the strongest inbound market now the US, with Europe the other main source market.
“The opportunity exists for the Western Cape to increase its occupancies; perhaps by providing an even more compelling offer for swallows and remote workers,” Anderson said.
“SA has for many years been a destination of choice for more mature visitors who choose to spend the northern hemisphere winter in sunnier surrounds. It is also consistently cited as a favourable destination for remote workers. However, our visa system does not cater to these types of travellers.”
Waiving visas for key markets, scrapping unnecessary requirements and the creation of special visas for visitors wanting to stay long term but fund themselves, would push growth further in the tourism and hospitality sectors.