Last night’s announcement by the British government that South Africa will be removed from its red list of destinations has been welcomed by full-service hotel management company, Providence Hospitality.
As announced by UK Secretary of Transport, Grant Shapps, on October 7, travellers arriving in the UK from South Africa will no longer need to go into compulsory hotel quarantine.
According to UK.gov fully vaccinated travellers flying into Britain from South Africa will now only need to complete a locator form and pre-book to take a COVID-19 test within two days of arrival in the UK.
Travellers flying into the UK from South Africa that are not considered fully vaccinated will need to complete a locator form and take a COVID-19 test 72 hours or less before their flight. On arrival in the UK these travellers will also need to quarantine at home for 10 days taking a prebooked COVID-19 test within two days of arrival in the UK and another prebooked COVID-19 test eight days after their arrival in the UK.
“It has been less than 24 hours since the announcement of South Africa’s removal from the red list and we have already seen a spike in online searches from Brits interested in travelling to South Africa again. As one of the top traditional source markets for our portfolio of South African hotels we very much welcome the return of British travellers to our shores,” commented Managing Director of Providence Hospitality, Neil Hughes.
Neil added that there had a been a notable spike in demand for South African tourist regions in the last two weeks due to the easing of restrictions against travel to South Africa from a number of countries this month together with a build-up of rumours that South Africa would also soon be removed from the UK red list.
“According to area statistics we have pulled from Booking.com we can see an 11% increase in overall enquiries for accommodation in Stellenbosch, an 8% increase in overall enquiries for accommodation in Knysna, a 13% increase in overall enquiries for accommodation in KZN and a 6% increase in overall enquiries for accommodation along the whale coast in the last 14 days which bodes extremely well for the upcoming summer season. While the majority of enquiries are still originating from within South Africa we have seen a notable uptick in demand from Germany and the USA and expect to see a spike in enquiries from the UK when this week’s reports are pulled,” said Neil.
About Providence Hospitality
Providence Hospitality operates 18 hotels across South Africa and the UK and has extensive knowledge and experience within the boutique hospitality sectors in both regions. The group has shown significant growth during the past year, onboarding new properties to the portfolio every 45 days on average. The company focuses on bringing authentic and memorable hospitality experiences to its guests through applying current trends and technology to its operations, while driving property specific optimization strategies to maximize stakeholder returns.