The tourism department has published a report detailing how the sector plans to revive itself, as well as when international travel is likely to resume. Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane spoke with eNCA's Tumelo Mothotoane. Courtesy of #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says miscommunication and fear led to some countries imposing a travel ban on South Africa.
This means the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the tourism sector hard.
The Minister says they will be engaging with the countries in question.
Kubayi-Ngubane said, "we've literally started working on international markets, that is currently one of the areas where the numbers are not what we want to see. The variant, a miscommunication led to where we are because of fear and not understanding how we are managing the pandemic led to closing South Africans out."
"Our outbound market has been affected. That has become a huge stumbling block in terms of us reaching the numbers."
The minister said the government is partnering with the private sector to engage with different countries' governments to explain South Africa's management of the pandemic.