Timeshare Resorts: A Lifeline for Rural Communities in South Africa

Timeshare resorts situated in remote and rural areas of South Africa are more than just holiday destinations. Nestled in some of the country’s most picturesque yet economically challenged regions, these resorts serve as vital hubs of employment, providing stable jobs to local residents, alleviating poverty, and improving the livelihoods of thousands of families.

A recent survey, conducted by the Vacation Ownership Association of South Africa (VOASA), revealed that timeshare resorts created or sustained 5,329 jobs with an annual payroll exceeding R547 million. Around 40% of these resorts are located in remote parts of the country around the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve in the North West province and the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal.

Beyond direct employment, timeshare resorts stimulate local economies by sourcing goods and services from nearby businesses, supporting a network of secondary employment opportunities. This includes indirect jobs in resort retail outlets like restaurants, day Spas, and safari guides.

Moreover, the survey revealed that timeshare guests spend an average of R5,134 per trip in local areas, contributing approximately R1.1 billion annually to local communities. The revenue contributes to local taxes, which are used for much needed community development projects, infrastructure improvements and public services. Furthermore, it encourages local entrepreneurship to cater to the needs of timeshare guests.

With consistently high occupancy rates averaging 79%, timeshare resorts are sought after and much loved family favourite destinations. This steady influx of visitors provides a reliable and consistent revenue stream, creating a mutually beneficial relationship between resorts and communities.

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