KZN tourists choose B&Bs and lodges

2008-02-20 00:00

Bed & breakfasts, lodges and smaller hotels in KwaZulu-Natal appear to have performed relatively well over the 2007 festive period, according to the latest provincial tourism statistics released in Durban yesterday.

“Our research indicates a new trend where visitors are opting for more independent accommodation establishments, such as self-catering, B&Bs, smaller hotels, camping and caravan sites,” said Arts and Tourism MEC Weziwe Thusi.

She said this resulted in most B&B establishments recording a 90% occupancy rate over the holiay season.

This trend is particularly interesting given the fact that hotel occupancies for the bigger hotel groups were recorded at about 71,3%, slightly down on 2006 figures.

While the overall performance of KZN as a tourist destination during the 2007 festive season was on a par with the 2006 festive season, the province is still South Africa’s leading domestic tourist destination.

James Seymour, GM for tourism information services at TKZN, explained that KZN’s small business (tourism) sector appears to have performed particularly well during the 2007 festive period.

He added that previously disadvantaged communities have also become more holiday-savvy. “Previously they would stay with relatives when on holiday. Now, they are going for B&Bs, lodges and even larger, more prestigious hotels,” said Seymour.

Given the higher inflation environment, it appears that some domestic tourists have opted for smaller and sometimes more affordable accommodation options, such as B&Bs and self-catering establishments.

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