Johannesburg - Ablution blocks and flip-flops have replaced white robes and slippers as South Africans choose caravan parks over staying in hotels, new data released on Tuesday showed.
Statistics SA's (Stats SA) Tourist Accommodation data for February showed occupancy rates for hotels were almost 6% lower during this month compared to last year. Caravan parks and camping sites, on the other hand, saw a 30% increase in occupancy as consumers down-traded.
Figures showed that caravan parks and camping sites were also more amenable to the idea of lowering their prices compared to hotels. According to the report, the average income per stay/unit for a caravan or camp site fell by almost 40%. Hotels saw no change in income per unit.
Tatalias also believed there is a lot of spare capacity as hotels were built in the anticipation of a Fifa World Cup tourist boom.