Hotel occupancy in South Africa fell to 48,2% in June 2015, according to preliminary figures in Stats SA’s latest Tourist accommodation release.
The hotel occupancy rate followed a seasonal pattern by falling in June after peaking in both October (62,4%) and February (60,6%).
However, hotels had proportionally fewer rooms filled in June compared with the same month in previous years.
The June 2015 rate was lower than those recorded for June 2014 (49,8%), June 2013 (50,3%) and June 2012 (49,7%).
Over the last four years hotels have experienced relatively high occupancy rates during peak months (October/November and February/March), often surpassing the 59,4% recorded during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
However, the rate recorded for June 2015 was the lowest since January 2012.
Interestingly, hotels are earning more income, despite a drop in occupancy rates and the number of stay unit nights sold. Income from accommodation was up 5,4% year-on-year in June.
It was also up 6,4% in the first six months of 2015 compared with the same period in 20141.
This could be due to an overall increase in the price of rooms. It could also be due to seasonal changes in the demand for particular types of stay unit nights sold.
For example, hotels might be filling higher priced suites that bring in additional money per room.