Domestic travel in South Africa is staging a remarkable, world-beating recovery
Domestic business travel is still in the doldrums around the world, but a few countries are staging nascent recoveries, according to an FCM white paper entitled “A fresh approach in a new world. What does it look like?”
New Zealand – almost entirely Covid-free – is, unsurprisingly, staging the strongest comeback with domestic travel at about 80% of pre-pandemic levels.
South Africa – the Continent’s Covid-19 epicentre from the start – is, perhaps unexpectedly, seeing the second-fastest recovery (tying with France) in the world with domestic business travel at 25% of pre-pandemic levels.
Volumes of domestic travel are extremely subdued most everywhere else.
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Moloto asked her about domestic leisure travel, and whether it mirrors the budding recovery in business travel.
It’s really looking really well… We saw a massive increase in bookings [Level 1]. The entire February and March looked very good, even better than in previous years. The past long weekend looked very good, and Easter is filling up fast…Gerriline Fouche, Marketing Manager - LekkeSlaap
It’s been a remarkable recovery… People aren’t able to travel internationally… That market is choosing to explore our beautiful country… It really puts a smile on our faces!Gerriline Fouche, Marketing Manager - LekkeSlaap
The Western Cape definitely has the strongest demand… Gauteng is going down to the Western Cape…Gerriline Fouche, Marketing Manager - LekkeSlaap
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