Past trends reveal greenshoots of hope for SA’s tourism industry

South Africa’s tourism sector has taken a heavy beating over the past year, but there are signs that there is still a desire for travel for those establishments that can afford to wait. This is according to hotel management software provider, RoomRaccoon who recorded a reservations surge for December 2020 and between February and May 2021, immediately after the Covid-19 second wave.

“Hoteliers, guest houses and lodge owners need to know there is light at the end of the tunnel. Clearly, there is still an appetite for domestic business and leisure travel, even if most South Africans are unable to travel abroad for now. We expect to see a similar trend once the third wave has peaked and in decline,” says Niels Verspui, country manager at RoomRaccoon South Africa.

RoomRaccoon statistics during and following the second wave of Covid-19 infections in the country showed that bookings for accommodation businesses nearly doubled in December, February, March, April and May 2021, with up to 60%…

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