Brimming with bookings, but nowhere to sleep

Availability in Cape Town, along the Garden Route, and in the Kruger National Park is hard to find as many operators face a record year, with some even having to turn business away.

In a recent poll on Tourism Update, 42% of readers said they had experienced record bookings for the 2016/2017 Southern African summer season, however operators are struggling to accommodate bookings in areas affected by capacity issues.

Thompsons Africa is experiencing a record year. “We are going to have a very busy summer, a record year,” said Craig Drysdale, General Manager: Global Sales at Thompsons Africa. He said capacity and availability had become an issue in Cape Town, along the Garden Route, and the Kruger National Park. “We are turning away a lot of business as a destination.” Drysdale said, to accommodate bookings, they had been trying to move dates and find alternative accommodation outside the main hubs and hot spots.