A report released by Statistics South Africa on Tuesday shows there has been a decline in domestic tourism over the past two years.
Statistician-General Dr Pali Lehohla says the numbers shows that the total number of day trips taken decreased from 44,3 million in 2015 to 39,4 million in 2016.
Day trips as well as overnight trips have taken a knock. The reasons for this decline is basically the financial conditions we are experiencing.— Dr Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General
Lehohla says the people who usually take these trips fall under the LSM 5-7 and 8-10 and those in the lower LSMs don't usually travel.
Chairperson of Fedhasa, Jeff Rosenberg says the hospitality sector needs to know, understand and meet the needs of the local travellers.
We need our locals to embrace access from all visitors. If one looks at some of our restaurants, they seem to be more welcoming of internationals as opposed to domestic visitors.— Jeff Rosenberg, Chairperson of Fedhasa
The domestic market is the lifeline of your business...— Jeff Rosenberg, Chairperson of Fedhasa
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