• A tourism expert says he would have wanted the President to articulate plans in SONA to deal with incentivising the domestic tourism market.
  • Focus on an e-visa should maybe be secondary at this point, in his view, as it speaks to the international tourism market.
  • Projections by hospitality businesses show a significant decline in earnings, down on average by 72% for the next three months.

The industry and its parent ministry likely expected to hear more on recovery measures and stimulus support in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday evening.

This is the view of Dr Kaitano Dube of the Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Public Relations at the Vaal University of Technology.

Apart from saying that work is underway to reform SA’s visa and immigration regime to grow the tourism sector, Ramaphosa announced that the special Covid-19 Unemployment Insurance Fund Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme

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