August 17

South Africa to investigate allegations of accommodation pricefixing

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X South Africa will be investigating claims that hotels have been artificially inflating prices during the World Cup, as allegations of price-fixing begin to pile up.This latest news couldn’t come at a worse time, as airlines are already facing charges of collusion during the FIFA 2010 World Cup, but the tourism minister has urged travellers not to jump to conclusions.Urging travellers to realise that prices will naturally lift in peak periods, and that June and July are South Africa’s high season, Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, South African Minister of Tourism says that the price increases could be natural.“In recent weeks we have noted allegations that accommodation establishments in the tourism industry are not responsible, and are inflating prices excessively,” said Minister Van Schalkwyk. “Until now our impression has been that this is not the case, but we believe it should be investigated and the results of the investigation made public. “I therefore believe that as a responsible government we should conduct an independent and scientifically sound survey to avoid a case where perceptions are created based on anecdotes.”He admits that there will “always be establishments” that will take chances with higher prices. <a href=”” alt=”last_img” /> read more