Festive season tourist numbers in Nelson Mandela Bay have plummeted – and water woes, crime and a sluggish economy have been blamed. Average accommodation occupancy for the past season dropped by almost nine percentage points compared with the previous year – almost 40 000 bed nights down – which included the figure for foreign visitors falling by close to 19 000 bed nights. Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) – which released the figures – attributed this to less business travel early last month, the fuel price hike and ratings downgrades, while the hospitality trade cited, among others, crime and water worries. (…)