The Tourism Business Council of South Africa says it expects to see an increase in business following the reopening of five airports for international travel under the adjusted alert level one lockdown.
The tourism industry could take years to recover from the COVID-19 lockdown and gain momentum to reach its full capacity. That is according to Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) CEO Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa.
The tourism sector has welcomed the partial lifting of the ban on the sale and transportation of alcohol and the shortening of the curfew under the Adjusted Alert Level 3 Lockdown restrictions.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says the R1.2 billion Tourism Equity Fund will be used to help the sector to bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic to enable it to contribute to the country’s economic recovery.
The Western Cape Department of Economic Opportunities says visitor numbers at most of the province’s popular tourist attractions dropped by more than 60% during the festive season. The situation has been blamed on the adjusted lockdown regulations.