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2010 accommodation scorecard survey released
2010 accommodation scorecard survey released

Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk has stated following a research that was conducted, it appears that 74 percent of all accommodation establishments in the country are charging reasonable prices.

Audit tax advisory firm Grant Thornton was commissioned to investigate rising allegations that some accommodation providers were overly pricing their accommodation rates ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

 

The survey also revealed that 50 percent of all establishments will not charging additional premiums although it was a general norm for price premiums to increase during big events and in the country or city.
The Minster conveyed his contentment that an overwhelming majority of accommodation establishments in the country "acting responsibly".

"I am also pleased to note that the survey found that many operators do recognize the damaging impact that exorbitant accommodation prices will have on the legacy objectives of the 2010 World Cup."

Other Findings of the Survey
Gauteng: Gauteng was one of the province in which the survey found that more establishments are charging escalated premiums.

The survey found that 65 percent (especially establishments closer to the stadiums) were charging over 50 percent above the high season rate of the standard price for accommodation during the event.

North West:  53 percent of the establishments were found to be charging prices 50 percent over the high season rate
 
Durban: 53 percent of Durban establishments are charging premiums higher than 50 percent compared to 7 percent of establishments in the rest of KwaZulu-Natal.

According to Van Schalkwyk the tourism department will continue to discourage excessive premiums adding that he has already consulted with the tourism industry into the matter.
The respondents to the survey were accommodation establishments in all nine provinces and included hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast establishments, lodges, camping and self-catering facilities. A total of 2 479 responses were analysed.
 
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