South Africa proves to be favourite winter destination

South Africa could be a new favourite destination for people looking to get away over the winter months.

Figures show that over Christmas and New Year, South Africa had an 80 per cent occupancy rate in its hotels, with a particularly high number in Durban.

One of the reasons for this is likely the recent COP17 climate summit, which took place in the city last December.

Speaking to the Business Report, Mike Jackson, Durban vice-chairman of the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa, said that the UN event attracted more visitors to the area, with strong interest in the city's beachfront.

He also revealed that last month was even more successful than the months during the South Africa World Cup in 2010.

However, fewer people headed to Cape Town for Christmas, suggesting that tourists on South Africa holidays are looking beyond the traditional destination hotspots.

In 2011, South Africa's tourism industry was boosted by between five and eight per cent.