Brendan Seery
Deputy Editor
2 minute read
18 Sep 2020
4:59 am

‘Fear factor’ tourism’s biggest stumbling block

Brendan Seery

Tsogo Sun has put all of its staff on severe salary cuts and has avoided lay offs.

The ‘obliteration’ of demand contributed to the group reporting a R1.2bn loss for the year to March, says CEO Marcel von Aulock. Image: Supplied

The biggest obstacle to getting SA tourism back on track after the Covid-19 devastation is “the fear factor”, says Marcel von Aulock, chief executive officer of Tsogo Sun Hotels. While the announcement of the opening of borders by President Cyril Ramaphosa was a “great win” for the hospitality business, there was “still a long way to go” before business returns to normal, he said. The “fear factor” – of Covid-19 and its consequences and the need to stay safe – applied both to South Africans travelling within their borders and to foreign tourists coming here. “My biggest concern is that...