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Rooms available: How COVID-19 has impacted the hotel industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented level of disruption to the hotel industry. As a result of the local lockdowns and travel restrictions, many hotels have been forced to close (both temporarily and permanently) or operate at a fraction of their available capacity. As the crisis continues to evolve, it is still unclear what shape the industry will emerge in.

With international borders closed for leisure since March 2020 and its gradual opening on the 1st of October 2020, South African hotels are pinning their hopes on domestic travel for now. According to UNWTO occupancy rates recorded by STR for sub-Saharan Africa is 27% - with some estimates of a bleak 16% for South Africa. So what are the specific challenges the hotel industry is dealing with?

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