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Wilderness tourism shows growth.

At the end of an exceptional December holiday season it is time to reflect back. Wild Info, affiliated with The Outeniqua Tourism Association (OTA), once again formed part of an independent tourism survey.

The excellent news is that during the period 21 December to 5 January an average of 486 more bed nights per day was sold in Wilderness compared to the same period the previous year. This relates to a tourism increase of 16%.

This increase is largely due to the re-opening of The Wilderness Hotel in April 2014. Another contributing factor is that a large number of tourists had to relocate to neighboring towns, or had their holiday cut short during the brief period of closure of The Pearl Hotel (now known as The Wilderness Beach Hotel) during the 2013 December holiday period.

Another contributing factor is the work done by The Wilderness Ratepayers Association (WRRA) to make Wilderness more pedestrian friendly and a safe holiday destination with the appointment of the Wilderness monitors.

During the period 21 December 2014 to 5 January 2015 the average occupancy of establishments was 88.6%, an increase of 1.2% compared with the same period the previous season.

The Period 1 December 2014 to 21 December 2014 showed an increase of 2.1% to 33.4% occupancy compared to the same period the previous year.

Tourists that booked their accommodation in advance showed an increase of 8% to 88% for the period 21 December 2014 to 5 January 2015, while only 46% made bookings for accommodation in advance over the quieter period. The number of first time visitors to Wilderness during the period 21 December 2014 to 5 January 2015 decreased by 7% to 63%, which shows that a large number of tourists are repeat visitors.

The majority of December holidaymakers remain South African travelers, making up 86% of the holidaymakers, while the rest of the year only 63% of the tourists visiting Wilderness are South African.

Results from outdoor activities and restaurants reflected similar results to the results obtained from the accommodation survey.

Only 16% of the holidaymakers that were interviewed indicated that there is a shortage of indoor activities in the event of foul weather, whereas 74% indicated that Wilderness is the perfect holiday destination due to the fact that day excursions to Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn from Wilderness is very achievable.


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