Travel bans putting strain on hospitality sector

The National Accommodation Association of South Africa says 90-percent of small lodges and guest houses may soon have to shut their doors due to a number of booking cancellations. The association's chairperson Rosemarie van Staden spoke with eNCA's Dan Moyane about the plight of the hospitality sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Elderly guest house owners are being forced to roll up their sleeves and clean up after guests because they can’t retain staff.

The National Accommodation Association of South Africa says small lodges and guest houses are no longer able to pay their staff.

Worse still, some have been forced to close their doors due to booking cancellations brought on by travel bans.

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National Accommodation of SA's Rosemarie van Staden said: "We had October and November as good months, otherwise traveling was substantially low. There is no money to pay staff bonuses, to buy Christmas gifts for staff. A lot of guest houses decided not take their staff back in January.

"A lot of us will have to close our doors…. There's no support from [the] government. We struggled with municipalities, we are paying high taxes. I have guesthouse owners who in the 70s cleaning their guesthouses because they can not afford staff. How on earth can we look after families without income? This is heartbreaking."


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