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How a third wave in SA could ‘decimate tourism’

By Clinton Moodley 1h ago

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The talk of a third wave in South Africa has caused concern in the tourism industry should the government enforce stricter restrictions.

The tourism industry came to a halt last year when the government implemented a number of restrictions and travel bans, which resulted in the loss of jobs and the closure of many once-thriving businesses.

The travel industry now waits with bated breath to hear whether there would be stricter regulations during the upcoming winter holiday.

Rosemary Anderson, Chairperson of FEDHASA, said the hospitality industry was “left broken by the first and second waves.”

“Many businesses are now so financially compromised that they are unable to hang on any longer, especially in light of a predicted third wave and resultant lockdown measures. Some hotels, which are wholly reliant on business and international tourism, have been closed for over a year now.

“The total number of…

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