Hotel occupancy and revenue have bounced back from their 2020 lows. But that’s unlikely to provide comfort to the beleaguered hospitality industry, whose recovery prospects have been dealt a heavy blow by a stop-start vaccination programme, the third wave of Covid, rolling blackouts, renewed lockdowns and travel restrictions, as well as SA’s status as a high-risk destination.

Latest data from global hospitality analytics company STR shows SA hotels were 34.7% full in May, while revenue earned per available room (RevPar) reached R345.86. That’s nearly double the 18.1% and R144.80 recorded in May 2020, but still 40%-50% below the occupancy and RevPar levels recorded by STR pre-Covid in May 2019 (see graph)...

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