Not good news for the thousands of business people who had hoped to make a killing during the SWC. I got talking to some while in SA recently and it turns out that a lot of big European operators like to book larger numbers of hotel rooms than they need and then cancel last minute, losing their deposits, which throws a massive spanner in the works for the hotels.
Johannesburg - Nearly half of all tourist accommodation in the Western Cape has been booked for the FIFA World Cup, The Herald Online reported on Wednesday.
Quoting research by the province's destination marketing organisation, Cape Town Routes Unlimited, the report said hotels received the most bookings.
By the end of March, 46% of Cape Town hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast establishments and self-catering accommodation had been booked for June when the world soccer tournament takes place.
This is compared to 38% for the same period last year and 57% in 2008.
Outside Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, followed by the Garden Route and the Klein Karoo, were the most popular destinations.