(MENAFN – African Press Corporation) CAPE Town, South Africa, October 2, 2020/APO Group/ —

The Portfolio Committee on Tourism welcomes the uplifting of vacation limits imposed on international vacation thanks to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
 
The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Tourism, Mr Supra Mahumapelo, stated: ‘We are heartened that worldwide flights have resumed after far more than 6 months due to the fact lockdown restrictions have been imposed around the world”. Yesterday, South Africa welcomed travellers from the United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Germany, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe on the initially day of its opening.
 
The effect of the pandemic has been felt across all sectors, with tourism currently being the toughest hit. In accordance to the Tourism Small business Council of South Africa, the tourism sector contributes to 1.5 million employment and 8.5% to the gross domestic product or service of South Africa. Nonetheless, we have found the devastating impact of the pandemic as additional than 600 000 work opportunities have been dropped and several businesses in the tourism sector and source chain have experienced to shut.
 
We stay hopeful that as we head into scheduling for the impending getaway period, South Africans will start off travelling and checking out in SA as each individual of the nine provinces has a little something one of a kind to supply to both of those the adventurous and discerning traveller, from beaches to mountains, safaris, topic parks, cultural and heritage tourism, as effectively as accommodation and places to eat which have been rated among the best in the earth.
 
As the Portfolio Committee Chair, I want to appeal to South Africans to make use of the numerous specials and promotions that are now available, and to guide in reviving domestic tourism by venturing out to your regional villages, townships and compact cities on working day excursions or long stays, as in so doing we can kick-get started the tourism economy with each other.
 
And finally, we ought to be conscious that coronavirus is continue to below and that a vaccine has not but been discovered, we need to as a result continue on to be vigilant by continuing to sanitise our hands, dress in our masks and practise social distancing to keep ourselves and the future man or woman safe and sound.

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