THE Covid-19 pandemic has devastated tourism with the industry reporting a sharp decline in tourists visiting the country.
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said the sector recorded a decline of 72.6% in the last year.
She said the decline of tourist visits was not unique as the pandemic had spread across the globe with many countries instituting lockdown measures.
Kubayi-Ngubane said while there were 10.2 million tourists in 2019, this number declined to 2.8m last year.
The global pandemic has also led to the aviation reporting losses of billions of dollars as planes had remained grounded for many months.
The tourist sector was also left severely affected with foreign visitors not able to travel costing it millions.
Kubayi-Ngubane said there was a drop in the number of tourists.
“According to Statistics South Africa, in 2020, the volume of tourists decreased by 72.6% from 10.2 million in 2019…