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Tourism on the rebound as income increases 2 027%

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Measured in nominal terms (current prices), total income for the tourist accommodat­ion industry increased by 2 027,7% in May 2021 compared with May 2020, data from Statistics South Africa shows.

Income from accommodat­ion increased by 2 383,1% year-on-year in May 2021, the result of a 2 098,5% increase in the number of stay unit nights sold and a 13% increase in the average income per stay unit night sold. Income from accommodat­ion increased by 94,6% in the three months ended May 2021 compared with the three months ended May 2020. The largest contributo­rs to this increase were: hotels (78,9% and contributi­ng 51,8 percentage points); and “other” accommodat­ion (117,2% and contributi­ng 34,6 percentage points).

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