SA tourism sector has good reason to be upbeat about recovery

This is a critical development for our industry, and addresses one of the major barriers to entry into our country. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has reported the expected increase in passenger numbers driven by the improved facilitation of visas at between 5% and 25%.

The African Development Bank’s fifth annual visa openness index report, released in December 2020, argues that increased open borders and cross-country mobility will be increasingly important for economic recovery. 

The World Economic Forum’s travel and tourism competitiveness report 2019 found economies that implemented policies related to lowering visa requirements have come closer to narrowing their gap with other destinations.

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