Tourism is one of the major economic drivers of the Western Cape economy. With Level 2 of the national lockdown officially starting on Tuesday, businesses like restaurants, bars and wine farms are preparing for reopening.
In terms of passenger transportation, the number of passenger journeys decreased by 63.1% in June compared to the same time last year.
The Tourism and Hospitality sector has not been spared from the jobs bloodpath seen in the country. According to Tourism Recovery South Africa – more than one million jobs are in jeopardy in the sector and more than 600 000 are currently facing retrenchment.
Some organisations representing companies in the tourism sector say the easing of some lockdown restriction in the sector will help in regaining confidence of international travellers.
Cabinet has eased the lockdown restrictions around travel which will allow individuals to leave their homes for leisure travel within the province they currently live in, says Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Thursday.