‘Premature’ travel bans leave South Africa in the lurch

premature travel bans leave south africa in the lurch

Sumary of ‘Premature’ travel bans leave South Africa in the lurch:

  • South Africa’s battered and bruised tourism and hospitality sector has suffered yet another blow, as countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East have imposed travel bans to and from the country, following the emergence of a new Covid variant in the Southern African region.
  • Tourism minister Lindiwe Sisulu expressed disappointment at being shut off from so many destinations at such short notice.
  • ” Department of International Relations and Cooperation minister Naledi Pandor described the bans as premature and rushed.
  • “Our immediate concern is the damage that this decision will cause to both the tourism industries and businesses of both countries”.
  • The World Health Organisation weighed in on the matter, with Covid-19 technical lead, Dr Maria Van Kerkhove urging authorities not to discriminate against countries that share their findings openly.
  • Dr @mvankerkhove gives an update on #COVID19 virus variant B.
  • Hospitality industry in danger According to the Democratic Alliance, being placed onto international no-fly lists will deliver a significant blow to the local tourism industry, and has called for the setting up of a ‘tourism war room’ to handle communication and messaging around the new variant.
  • “Constant communication, information dissemination and liaison, and direct communication between South Africa and specific tourism markets would go a long way to allay fears and concerns.

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