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.
The closure of Eastern Cape beaches in December has hit informal traders and hospitality establishments.
It may take two to three years for the tourism sector in the North West to fully recover from the impact of the national lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19).
The City of Cape Town is calling on National Government to reconsider the new curfew introduced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week. The City says the curfew has led to the cancellation of scores of flights as many airlines had late night operations.
The coronavirus pandemic may have dampened the festive spirit; but the City of Joburg is confident that people can still have a good time, under safe conditions by launching a campaign to lure tourists.