Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
2 minute read
6 Jun 2020
6:05 am

Tourism eyes three-phase opening up as growth strategy

Sipho Mabena

South Africa 'will have to focus on continuing to create an enabling environment for tourism, which looks at more visa waivers, a robust e-visa system', and others.

According to the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), inbound tourism employs more than 375,000 people in SA and contributes to 8.7% of the country’s exports. The council estimates that over 40,000 jobs have already been lost within the tourism sector since the borders were closed and says it is critical to preserve those left. There are also significant knock-on effects on other parts of the economy and not having international tourism and travel open will affect SA’s status as a regional hub and leading African destination. According to TBCSA chief executive Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, car rentals have already reopened....