Cape Town, Nov 29, : South Africa’s new Omicron coronavirus variant will cause Travel bans.The local government seeks to recover its tourism sector from Covid-19 impacts.The Western Cape is South Africa’s most popular tourist destination and hosts Cape Town as its legislative capital.Its Economy depends on international visitors during peak season, which begins in December when South Africa goes into summer.
Premier of Western Cape Alan Winde stated on Sunday.
Winde stated, “This has been an abrasive blow to our major sector of job-creating in the province precisely when it was time for a Recovery, and to claw back jobs that were lost over the past 19 months.”
According to Xinhua news agency, he said that Travel bans are “extremely distressing” since the World Health Organisation (WHO), which has stated that they are not an effective response.
The Western Cape is home to the iconic Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope and Robben Island.
It also has wine routes and a coastline that includes sandy beaches with rocky mountains.There was hope for Recovery in the tourism sector, which has been hard hit by Covid.
In 2020, there were an estimated 75,000 job losses.Both the Cape Town and Western Cape governments are preparing for peak season by launching marketing activities and driving vaccinations.
Minister David Maynier, of the Province of Finance and Economic Opportunities, stated that “we are devastated that, just as Recovery was starting to kick in, we were hit by a new variant which turned things upside down which is a major setback in our tourism and hospitality industry in the Western Cape.”
Maynier stated that the government has been in regular communication with diplomatic corps and will convene meetings to update business on the latest developments.The Western Cape Economy needs as much information to make the best decisions.
Despite the disappointment at the Travel bans, local governments have been helping passengers who are stranded by providing transport and accommodation as well as liaising to consulates to assist when necessary.
It also created a FAQ page that provides information for travellers.
Many countries have announced Travel bans or increased restrictions on South Africa.
Tourism is a key contributor to South Africa’s economy.According to Official figures, 657,000 people are directly employed by the tourism industry.
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