Key Findings from Stats SA Tourist Accommodation report, May 2017


Stats SA release Tourist Accommodation report for May 2017
Measured in nominal terms (current prices), total income for the tourist accommodation industry decreased by 1,8% in May 2017 compared with May 2016.

Income from accommodation increased by 4,9% year-on-year in May 2017, the result of a 1,7% decrease in the number of stay unit nights sold and a 6,7% increase in the average income per stay unit night sold.

The main positive contributors to the 4,9% year-on-year increase in income from accommodation in May 2017 were hotels (4,6% and contributing 3,1 percentage points) and ‘other’ accommodation (8,4% and contributing 2,2 percentage points).

Income from accommodation increased by 6,5% in the three months ended May 2017 compared with the three months ended May 2016. The main contributors to this increase were ‘other’ accommodation (14,3% and contributing 3,7 percentage points) and hotels (4,1% and contributing 2,7 percentage points).

Seasonally adjusted income from accommodation decreased by 1,0% month-on-month in May 2017. The largest negative month-on-month growth rates were recorded for:

  • caravans parks and camping sites (-13,4%);
  • guest-houses and guest farms (-6,7%); and
  • ‘other’ accommodation (-1,2%).

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