Foreign tourists might be allowed to travel to South Africa from the beginning of next year. This is coming to make efforts towards reopening the tourism sector, as announced by Tourism Deputy Minister Fish Mahlalela.
It has been predicted that September will see the start of South Africans enjoying local leisure travel. Unathi Henama, Tourism lecturer at Tshwane University of Technology has said that there is a possibility the tourism industry will welcome a much earlier opening.
Since March, the tourism sector has been closed and have seen a massive reduction in money being brought in.
As for the risk of infection that comes with travel, Henama said, "Our industry has all the hallmarks of cleanliness. Our industry is known for ensuring the highest standards of hygiene so ensuring social distancing and following all the World Health Organisation protocols will just be easy".
He has said that domestically, they are working to make sure they can open to full capacity while also being safe and saving lives.
Tourism Deputy Minister Fish Mahlalela has announced that foreign tourists may be allowed to travel to SA from the start of next year. For some reaction on this, Tumelo Mothotoane speaks to Unathi Henama, Tourism lecturer at Tshwane University of Technology. #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/bosSQct7RH
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