Cape Town’s tourism sector remains under pressure according to latest statistics

Cape Town – With significantly fewer foreign tourists than the pre-Covid-19 standard, the Western Cape tourism sector continues to be under pressure, as shown by the latest tourist accommodation income statistics for July released by SA Stats.

Stats SA said seasonally adjusted housing income fell 36.8% month-over-month in July 2021.

Guest houses and farms registered the largest decrease with -61.6%, followed by hotels with -42.2%.

The statistics were not divided into provinces but rather covered the whole country.

Compared to statistics for July 2020, which were during strict lockdown regulations that prevented the movement of people into and out of South Africa, this year housing income had increased by 121.8% in July 2021. .

Statistician General Risenga Maluleke said housing income increased 589% in the three months ended July 2021 compared to the three months before July 2020.

The main contributors to this increase were hotels at 457.3% and other accommodation at 682.6%.

Finance and Economic Opportunities MEC David Maynier said: “The tourism sector generated R15.5 billion in gross value added and supported 174,982 jobs in 2019 in the Western Cape.

“But the sector has been hit hard and, while the province maintains South Africa’s lowest unemployment rate, the tourism sector is estimated to have lost 75,477 jobs in 2020.”

Meanwhile, the domestic terminal at Cape Town International Airport continued to recover from the third wave in the first two weeks of September, with domestic passenger numbers reaching 49% of 2019 levels.

The periods compared are from September 1 to 12, 2021 and from September 1 to 12, 2019.

Acting Managing Director Mark Maclean said the recovery of the international passenger terminal was at 24% of 2019 levels for the first two weeks of September, the highest monthly recovery percentage since the restart of international travel in October 2020.

“The recovery of the passenger terminal since the start of 2021 is 44% for domestic passengers and only 14% for international passengers, compared to 2019, but these figures, especially on the international side, are expected to increase. magnitude as the South African summer season approaches, ”Maclean said.

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