Streaming issues? Report here
Sara-Jayne King Sara-Jayne King
Weekend Breakfast with Sara-Jayne King
06:00 - 10:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Just the Hits with Abongile Nzelenzele
See full line-up
Weekend Breakfast with Sara-Jayne King
06:00 - 10:00
Home
arrow_forward
Local
fiber_manual_record
Business

SA hotel occupancy drops from 60% to 17% since March - BDO SA

15 July 2020 12:36 PM
Tags:
Tourism
South African Tourism
Lockdown
COVID-19

Christelle Grohmann doesn't believe industry can survive many more months and there are 1.5 million jobs in the tourism sector.

The state of South Africa's leisure travel sector is dire. Lockdown level 3 has not allowed for the reopening of leisure accommodation.

Refilwe Moloto talks to Christelle Grohmann, specialist tourism unit director at BDO South Africa.

How many travellers are usually in the country?

Normally South Africa sees about 28 million domestic trips and about 10 million international trips per year, says Grohman.

We would have had roughly about 900,000 international travellers a month into the market.

Christelle Grohmann, Specialist tourism unit director - BDO South Africa

There has always been a significant local leisure and business travel market that supports hotels and b&bs in the domestic market, she adds.

Bit she says, business travel, which is all that is currently allowed, is not enough to keep the establishments going especially for the larger ones.

Hotels are really not reaching economies of scale. So we've dropped from just below 60% occupancy in March to around 17% now.

Christelle Grohmann, Specialist tourism unit director - BDO South Africa

The figure of 17% is only for those hotels that are open. Many remain closed, she explains.

Combined with that, rates are also 30% lower.

Christelle Grohmann, Specialist tourism unit director - BDO South Africa

She says many in the industry are concerned the bank payment holiday and Ters relief payments are coming to an end.

For these operations that have managed to hold out, it's now D-Day.

Christelle Grohmann, Specialist tourism unit director - BDO South Africa

For retirees who sunk savings into a property for Airbnb for their monthly income, this also has serious ramifications, she says, so there is a knock-on effect beyond that which may have been foreseen.

The industry has developed the safety protocols that need to be in place and this information was sent to government.

We know it can be done safely....but it needs to open up now.

Christelle Grohmann, Specialist tourism unit director - BDO South Africa

She does not believe the industry can survive many more months.

Jobs in the tourism sector involve 1.5 million employees.

Listen to the interview below:




15 July 2020 12:36 PM
Tags:
Tourism
South African Tourism
Lockdown
COVID-19

More from Covid-19 coronavirus explained

'Covid-19 resurging in W Cape, driven by social gatherings in affluent areas'

14 May 2021 3:36 PM

Areas of concern are Somerset West, Gordon’s Bay, the City Bowl, Sea Point, Milnerton, and Durbanville, says Dr. Keith Cloete.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

'Doctors push family members to front of vaccination queue'

14 May 2021 12:51 PM

People who are office-bound got jabs while healthcare workers are being turned away, says reporter Mia Lindeque.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

126 prisoners released due to Covid-19 rearrested - some for murder

13 May 2021 9:09 AM

13 989 prisoners were released on special Covid-19 parole. 126 are back in prison for serious crimes, says Singabakho Nxumalo.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Covid-19 in India: 'Dozens and dozens' of bodies found floating down Ganges

12 May 2021 9:33 AM

Struggling with sheer numbers, it seems people are immersing bodies in the Ganges before cremation, says Adam Gilchrist.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

I see the Japanese don’t want Olympics to go ahead – Chad le Clos

11 May 2021 4:31 PM

"It’s going to be a very different experience," says Olympic swimming star Chad le Clos. "London was the craziest atmosphere!"

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

'Numbers are ticking up but no 3rd wave yet'

11 May 2021 1:26 PM

Only the Free State is technically in a third wave, says Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Should SA ban travel from India in light of new Covid-19 variant?

10 May 2021 11:33 AM

The NICD confirmed this weekend that four cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 have been discovered in South Africa.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Rich nations eye end of pandemic – while it rages on in poorer countries

6 May 2021 11:05 AM

“The pandemic is at a fearsome stage,” warns Dr. David Nabarro, Special Envoy on Covid-19 for the World Health Organisation.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

US backs proposal to waive vaccine patents 'in service of ending this pandemic'

6 May 2021 8:56 AM

Refilwe Moloto interviews Brooks Spector, a US foreign policy expert and associate editor at Daily Maverick.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Lockdown made us fat and lazy - Pharma Dynamics survey

5 May 2021 1:09 PM

Almost half of the respondents gained weight during the lockdown. Many Wiener interviews Nicole Jennings of Pharma Dynamics.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward