Following the announcement of South Africa’s discovery of the new Covid variant Omicron, the local tourism sector is bracing itself for an influx of cancellations.
It’s no secret that the tourism sector suffered major damage last year due to Covid and with the country moving back to level 1, it seemed as if the sector would have been in for a good season this summer.
Now it seems that they’ll be in the same situation as last year, if not worse. That’s because the sector is expecting not only international tourists to cancel their bookings, but also locals who might choose to stay home in case provincial borders are closed as well.
EWN reports that local parks are hoping South Africans will fill the void left by international tourists.
South African National Parks (SANParks) spokesperson Ike Phaala said that their parks are safe and will remain open.
“Pronouncements by several governments to impose travel restrictions in and out of South Africa in response to the newly discovered Covid-19 variant, South African National Parks is bracing itself for multiple booking amendments from residents of various countries across the world.”
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