Lindiwe Sisulu John Block jail

Lindiwe Sisulu has been accused of breaking the law by ignoring a Parliamentary summons – Photo: Twitter

Sisulu says Stats SA data reveals 83% rebound in tourism sector

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is confident the rebound in the tourism sector will encourage investors to assist with recovery following Covid-19

Lindiwe Sisulu John Block jail

Lindiwe Sisulu has been accused of breaking the law by ignoring a Parliamentary summons – Photo: Twitter

The tourism sector has experienced a boon worth close to two billion rands, prompting Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to rejoice in the signs of recovery. The newfound information was about the rebounding in hotel accommodation as it strengthens the case for future investment.

TOURISM ACCOMMODATION HAS BEEN A BIG WINNER

Tourism minister Lindiwe Sisulu says the latest data revealed by Stats SA on Thursday about tourist accommodation for March 2022 that the tourism sector is continuing its recovery. The sector has suffered losses worth billions following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following the thorough data mining of Stats SA, the total income for the tourist accommodation industry increased by 110.6% in March 2022 compared with March 2021.

Stats SA says income from accommodation increased by 87.6% year-on-year in March 2022. This is the result of a 48.7% increase in the number of stay unit nights sold and a 26.2% increase in the average income per stay unit night sold.

Sisulu explained the total income from accommodation increased to R1.7bn, an 88% increase when compared to March 2021.

SISULU HAPPY ABOUT RECOVERY

Although for the entire first quarter of 2022, tourism accommodation income rose 83%.

Sisulu says it was encouraging to note that income from hotel accommodation rose a whopping 118% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to 2021’s first quarter.

“We especially celebrate the rebounding in hotel accommodation as it strengthens our case for investment, and rewards the confidence displayed by investors in our tourism sector,”

says Sisulu.

The minister says she is happy that guest houses saw a 105% increase in incomes during the first quarter of 2022 compared to last year.

“While other sectors continue to see dampened incomes, tourism continues to show strong recovery. Our efforts are paying off,”

Sisulu said.

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