2010 accommodation prices come under scrutiny

2010-02-23 11:10

THE tourism department has commissioned a survey to look into

allegations that some accommodation providers are hiking prices excessively for

the Soccer World Cup, Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said yesterday.

“In recent weeks we have noted allegations that accommodation

establishments in the tourism industry are not responsible, and are inflating

prices excessively,” Van Schalkwyk said in a statement.

“Until now our impression has been that this is not the case, but

we believe it should be investigated and the results of the investigation made

public.”

He said the survey would help safeguard the reputation of the South

African tourism industry since South Africa is known as a “value-for-money

destination“.

“Price-hiking could damage the reputation of our tourism

industry.

“However, at the same time it must be kept in mind that June and

July 2010 will be high season in South Africa, and tourists should not expect

the normal low-season prices for that time of the year,” he said.

Grant Thornton has been commissioned to conduct the survey, which

is expected to be completed in three weeks.

The company has also been asked to benchmark South African

accommodation prices against those of other countries that previously hosted the

Fifa World Cup, Van Schalkwyk said.

Private homes being rented out during the World Cup would not be

surveyed and the department was not responsible for the prices set by home

owners.


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