UK red listing blow crippling tourism

SA Tourism Services Association's David Frost spoke with eNCA's Clement Manyathela. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The fallout from the UK’s red list travel ban continues for South Africa.

While government says it is “puzzled” by the UK’s decision, the tourism industry says losses are mounting as tourists are kept from our shores.

READ: SA to ramp up efforts to get removed from UK red list

The UK government on Friday announced that eight countries -- including Bangladesh, Kenya and the Maldives -- will move from the red list on 22 September and the rules for international travel to England will change on 4 October.

Before the pandemic, the South African tourism industry was a rare outperformer in an economy that failed to grow with 430,000 UK tourists visiting South Africa in 2019.


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