Demand for Hotel Accommodation in Joburg on the Rise

While Cape Town has long been viewed as the tourism hub of South Africa, they may be facing some competition as hotel accommodation in Johannesburg is rising and its hotel occupancy rates are now beating the national average.

Statistics for the six month period of January to June show that occupancy rates grew by 11% in Johannesburg compared with a national average of 8%. Sandton was the best-performing area, showing a 6.3% increase in its average, with the East Rand following in second place.

Johannesburg Tourism Company acting CEO Phelisa Mangcu said on Tuesday, “Just 18 months ago, Joburg was dealing with an overcapacity of rooms — affecting tourism businesses adversely. We would like to think that this positive result is due to all the tourism industry stakeholders marketing and selling destination Joburg effectively, given the challenging economic conditions in which we are all operating.”

While there is still potential for growth in all the major South African cities, improvements have been made already and these results are certainly indicative of that.

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