BnBs in SA,

A 3 Month Fea­ture

Thembu Royals Magazine - - Contents - WRIT­TEN BY IN­TER­NAL STAFF WRITER

When­ever one turns a corner be i t in the town­ships, ur­ban ar­eas, Cent ral Busi­ness Dist r ict [ CBD] and the l ike, one is sure to f ind a ser ies of Bed and Break­fast [ BnB] busi­nesses around. There has been a sub­stant ial growth in this busi­ness in South Af r ica in the past 10 years or so. I t is thought that one of the ma­jor cont r ibut ing fac­tors to this growth is as­so­ci­ated wi th the growth in the tour ism in­dust ry as a whole. One of the Global Re­search Inst i tut ion – Stat ista Inc- pro­vides a stat ist ical growth in the tour ism in­dust ry in South Af r ica. Stat ista Inc pre­pares a re­searched data f rom data­base ex­per ts, an­a­lysts, and the l ike. The st rate­gic par tners of Stat ista Inc in the USA in­clude In­ter­act ive Ad­ver t ising Bureau ( IAB) and the Amer ican As­so­ciat ion of Ad­ver t ising Agen­cies. Ac­cord­ing to Stat ista Inc, the num­ber of tour ists in South Af r ica f rom 2006- 2017 had been grow­ing sub­stant ial ly. In 2006 this num­ber was about 10.23 mi l l ion. In 2007 this num­ber grew to 10.84 mi l l ion. In 2017 the graph had grown up to 16.2 mi l l ion. This num­ber is fore­casted to grow up above 17 mi l l ion in 2021 .

Stat ista Inc also pro­vides stat ist ics for ho­tel room rev­enue in South Af r ica f rom 2009- 2017. The rev­enue in 2009 was about 692.88 mi l l ion US

Dol lars. In 2010 i t grew to 809.65 mi l l ion US Dol lars. In 2017 the num­ber had grown to about 1 , 189.39 mi l l ion US Dol lars. This num­ber is fore­casted to grow up to 1 ,682. 14 mi l l ion US Dol lars in 2021 .

Our team took time to talk to var­i­ous own­ers in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try to find out the rea­sons why they de­cided to run a BnB among many other busi­nesses that were on of fer . The fol low­ing para­graphs con­sist of a con­sol­i­dated re­sponse from these en­trepreneurs;

The en­try lev­els were sim­pler. In order to ru na BnB, there were less reg­u­la­tory cri­te­ria, checks, and bal­ances as com­pared to other busi­nesses that were pre­scribed be­fore one could en­ter this sec­tor .

Pas­sion to serve the pub­lic. Most BnBs a re­run by their own­ers. Most re­spon­dents stated that they felt ful­filled once they had ren­dered a good ser­vice to their clients. The re­spon­dents fel t that they were mak­ing a pro­por­tion ate con­tri­bu­tion to South Africa as most of the book­ings were for busi­ness t rav­el­ers.

The start-up cap­i­tal did not pro­vide a bar­rier as one could even start from one’s ex­ist­ing house. Most of the re­spon­dents that we spoke to ac­tu­ally stated that they ini­tially started us­ing their per­sonal bed­rooms which were im­me­di­ately changed to guest rooms. The re­spon­dent sim­ply had to con­vert their per­sonal bed­rooms into a com­mer­cially at­trac­tive busi­ness room at a low bud­get cost .

The de­sire to ex­pand one’s hori­zons. The re­spon­dent usu­ally got to know their clients at a per­sonal level. In that event , the re­spon­dent ended up ex­chang­ing busi­ness idea sofa dif­fer­ent na­ture with var­i­ous busi­ness guests who slept over .

It is fairly eas­ier to ru na BnB. There does not seem to be a spe­cial skill that was re­quired more than the love for hu­man­ity.

A need to make a liv­ing. Some re­spon­dents were once em­ployed but had lost their reg­u­lar jobs for dif­fer­ent rea­sons hence there arose a de­sire to make a liv­ing… and many other rea­sons that were given by dif­fer­ent re­spon­dents. While this sec­tor kept on grow­ing how­ever not all BnB own­ers and for­mer own­ers had made it suc­cess­ful in their busi­nesses. Our team also took time to an­a­lyze the cir­cum­stances and re­sponse soft he re­spon­dents that were given by var­i­ous re­spon­dents who had ru na BnB be­fore but failed.

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