JOHANNESBURG, Feb 3 — The Tourism Business Council of South Africa, which has just released its Tourism Business Index for the fourth quarter of 2014, says the country’s accommodation sector has shown some positive economic growth.
The survey uses the accommodation sector as well as conference sectors, businesses and attractions, foreign exchange and tourism retail businesses, to calculate and monitor the growth or decline in the country’s tourism sector.
The Head of Hospitality and Tourism for professional services advisory company Grant Thornton, Gillian Saunders, said here Monday: “We’re definitely growing. Two things help us, those of us in the industry will still put it down to a 2010 effect where we really repositioned ourselves globally and we’re seen as a top and upcoming destination.
“We’ve won lots of prizes, all of our cities, Durban, Cape Town and Joburg, have won prizes. We in the top 50 destinations in the world, and a weak Rand makes it incredibly affordable, so it’s very strong drivers for foreign tourism.”