Five things that are different about traveling this summer

It has been a roller coaster year for many industries, but the tourist space has really struggled. With ever-changing regulations and restrictions, South African businesses have had to constantly adapt their offerings to the current level of foreclosure – often with little or no notice.

This summer, however, is hopeful. People are getting vaccinated by the millions and our international borders are slowly opening, allowing more people to visit our country this holiday season. But of course, things won’t look like they used to be. Read on for five things that will be different about travel this summer.

  1. People are looking for more affordable travel

The rise of the budget-conscious traveler has opened the door to some very interesting experiences as you explore. Gone are the days when you had to spend exorbitant amounts of money just to travel beyond your city. Whether it’s a vacation, a beach getaway, or a long-haul trip you’ve been wanting to take for ages, travel has become more accessible with tools to help you find a vacation. adapted to your budget. Using a global flight search and travel deals website like Cheap flights, you are able to find flights, accommodation, car hire, and inspiration on things to do in any place in the world that interests you.

  1. Local travel is more important than ever

Local travel is going to be more important than ever in South Africa this summer, as noted by Jurni, a platform that allows travelers to find and book their stays in highly localized areas. Their president, tourism industry expert Jerry Mabena, has observed an increase in interest in domestic travel.

“The biggest contributor to tourism in South Africa has been the international tourist. However, the recent resurgence of domestic travel is testament to the fact that South Africa also has a budding domestic tourism sector, ”comments Mabena.

“And we think he’s about to enter an amazing flowering phase. Just consider the number of people hiking and the increase in nature-related trips to destinations like Kruger National Park. These buds need support and Jurni is well placed to be the connector and facilitator of this process.

  1. The rise of places off the beaten track

A recent report commissioned by Airbnb and produced by Genesis Analytics shows that people are looking to stay in lesser-known tourist destinations across the country. This report shows that the fastest growth has been seen outside of typical Northwestern tourist destinations, where guest travel grew 130% per year between 2016 and 2019, showing how Airbnb is spreading the benefits of tourism and boosting economy and entrepreneurship across the country.

According to Genesis Analytics’ analysis of Airbnb data, evidence from the townships of Soweto and Tembisa shows that before 2019 there were more visits from international tourists than from domestic tourists. However, by 2019 the trend had reversed, with townships becoming a popular national tourist destination.

  1. South Africans are ready to splurge

South Africa having been on “red lists” around the world, we have not been able to leave our country. As a result, many people started spending their vacation savings on luxury local travel.

Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge, opened in the midst of the pandemic in December 2020. With little to no international tourists coming to South Africa in recent months, the hotel has seen a steady stream of bookings from local guests looking for an incredibly unique luxury experience.

  1. More family vacations

This year has seen and will continue to see an increase in family vacation bookings.

“We have seen great interest in our family rooms and our offers from South African families,” notes Clinton Thom of the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. “And it’s not just families with young children. Those with older children and adolescents also spend more vacations together than we have seen before.

Families remain cautious about who they socialize with and let their “bubbles” in. And many families have unfortunately lost loved ones, so spending quality time together has become more important than ever.

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