StatsSA releases the latest statistics on the tourism and hospitality sector

Please see below a breakdown of the latest tourist accommodation, Food & Beverage and Tourism statistics released by StatsSA.

Tourist Accommodation October 2021

Measured in nominal terms (current prices), total income for the tourist accommodation industry increased by 95,5% in October 2021 compared with October 2020. Income from accommodation increased by 52,9% year-on-year in October 2021, the result of a 37,5% increase in the number of stay unit nights sold and an 11,2% increase in the average income per stay unit night sold.

In October 2021, positive contributors to the 52,9% year-on-year increase in income from accommodation were:

  • hotels (77,2% and contributing 34,8 percentage points);
  • other accommodation (33,9% and contributing 15,6 percentage points);
  • guest-houses and guest-farms (51,6% and contributing 2,8 percentage points).

Income from accommodation increased by 75,7% in the three months ended October 2021 compared with the three months ended October 2020.The main contributors to this increase were:

  • hotels (101,7% and contributing 43,7 percentage points); and
  • other accommodation (50,5% and contributing 25,1 percentage points).

Seasonally adjusted income from accommodation increased by 2,2% month-on-month in October 2021. Positive month-on-month growth rates were recorded for: caravan parks and camping sites (16,9%); and hotels (10,5%).

Key findings: P6420 – Food and Beverage October 2021

Year-on-year percentage change in food and beverages income at constant 2015 prices by type of income

Measured in real terms (constant 2015 prices), total income generated by the food and beverages industry increased by 25,9% in October 2021 compared with October 2020. The largest annual growth rate was recorded for food sales (29,2%).

Year-on-year percentage change in food and beverages income at constant 2015 prices by type of enterprise

In October 2021, the main contributors to the 25,9% year-on-year increase were:

  • restaurants and coffee shops (32,9% and contributing 16,2 percentage points); and
  • takeaway and fast-food outlets (21,9% and contributing 7,7 percentage points).

Food and beverages income at constant 2015 prices for the latest three months by type of enterprise

Total income increased by 31,7% in the three months ended October 2021 compared with the three months ended October 2020. The main contributors to this increase were:

  • restaurants and coffee shops (43,0% and contributing 20,1 percentage points); and
  • takeaway and fast-food outlets (26,1% and contributing 9,6 percentage points).

Seasonally adjusted income for the food and beverages industry increased by 4,5% in October 2021 compared with September 2021. This followed month-on-month changes of 5,7% in September 2021 and 25,0% in August 2021.

Key findings: P0043 – Liquidations and insolvencies November 2021

The total number of liquidations decreased by 30,8% in the three months ended November 2021 compared with the three months ended November 2020. A year-on-year decrease of 41,5% was recorded in November 2021.

Compulsory liquidations decreased by 61 cases and voluntary liquidations decreased by 52 cases. The total number of liquidations decreased by 3,8% in the first eleven months of 2021 compared with the first eleven months of 2020.

Owing to a cyber attack on the Department of Justice, source information on insolvencies is not yet available for September 2021. Tables 5 and 6 present regularly revised insolvencies data.

The estimated number of insolvencies increased by 123,1% in the three months ended August 2021 compared with the three months ended August 2020. A 76,8% increase was estimated in August 2021 compared with August 2020. Seasonally adjusted insolvencies decreased by 15,5% in August 2021 compared with July 2021. This followed month-on-month changes of -16,2% in July 2021 and 205,4% in June 2021.

StatsSA has also published the October 2021 report for Tourism and Migration.

Tourism and Migration publication – October 2021

Key findings: Tourism and Migration October 2021

Full publication – http://www.statssa.gov.za/publications/P0351/P0351October2021.pdf

Key Findings – http://www.statssa.gov.za/?page_id=1856&PPN=P0351&SCH=72963

In October 2021, 1 001 594 travellers (arrivals, departures, and transits) passed through South Africa’s ports of entry/exit. They were made up of 349 432 South African residents and 652 162 foreign travellers. Foreign arrivals, 337 611 were made up of 44 055 non-visitors and 293 556 visitors. The visitors consisted of 45 723 same-day visitors and 247 833 overnight visitors (tourists). The breakdown of the tourists by region is as follows: 59 475 from overseas; 182 532 from the SADC countries; 5 305 from ‘other’ African countries and the country of residence of 521 tourists was classified as unspecified.

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