South Africa’s tourism industry is still performing below normal levels, achieving a performance index of 92.4 in the third quarter of 2015, the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has said.
This is the second lowest Q3 performance index since 2011 when it registered an index of 70, the council said in its Tourism Business Index.
An index score of 100 indicates normal levels of acceptable business performance.
The last time businesses in the industry performed close to normal levels was in the first quarter of 2015, when it recorded an index of 99.9.
The latest index score is, however, slightly better than the expected index of 80.6 and a slight improvement on the 83.6 index score recorded in the second quarter of 2015.
On the other hand, business performance remains subdued for the Other Tourism Businesses segment, which includes the tourism transport sector, tour operators, retailers, travel agents, attractions and conference centres.
The newly implemented visa regulations are blamed for impeding the tourism industry.
One regulation, implemented in May last year, requires tourists to apply visas in person so that their biological data can be collected. Another regulation, taking effect in June this year, requires children to submit unabridged birth certificates, in addition to their passports. Enditem