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CEO of Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (Fedhasa), Tshifhiwa Tshivengwa, says the numbers of South Africans visiting the coastal areas for the festive season are lower than the previous years.

Tshivengwa says many of the association's members have expressed concern over lower levels of bookings for
the season.

He says the numbers are attributed to the state of the currency, low economic growth and the fact that more and more people are taking more care of their finances.

As much as we think travel is important we are competing with the basic necessities.

Tshifhiwa Tshivengwa, CEO of Fedhasa

And there are various factors, maybe people are using Airbnb...

Tshifhiwa Tshivengwa, CEO of Fedhasa

We are hoping that between now and Christmas maybe we will have the rush and we will be able to fill all the hotels from cape Town all the way to Richards Bay.

Tshifhiwa Tshivengwa, CEO of Fedhasa

Tshivengwa urges South Africans to take a look at the specials that Fedhasa members have put out and book to go on holiday.

He says when the hotels are booked they are able to sustain jobs and boost the industry.

To hear more from Fedhasa and the reason why South Africans don't travel, listen below:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Number of South Africans visiting the seaside has dropped

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