Eric Naki
Political Editor
2 minute read
3 Mar 2021
5:31 am

Tour operators beg Parliament for help

Eric Naki

A delegation of the Tourism Business Council of SA told the parliamentary portfolio committee on tourism that the sector urgently needed financial assistance from government.

Struggling tour operators want government to assist them by lifting more restrictions to enable tourists to visit their operations during the Covid pandemic. The industry said they were in the “Intensive Care Unit” in terms of business and need help, with some having closed down because they face an uncertain future. The emergence of a new “South African variant” virus worsened their situation because the stigma resulted in tourists cancelling all bookings to the country. The sector believes the exaggeration of the South African variant was deliberate and unfair and badly affected the tourism sector. A delegation of the Tourism...