Just as Cyprus began to raise its hopes of an influx of British tourists from the end of May, and with preparations underway to take bookings from April1, according to the tourism ministry, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Brits on Wednesday it was still too early for them to book a foreign summer holiday.

According to the BBC, Shapps said there were “lots of questions” to answer about “how safe it will be in June to travel” even though the plan was that Britons could travel for leisure purposes from May 17.

Greece, Cyprus and Portugal were among the countries keen to welcome UK visitors. “Under the current rules, foreign travel from the UK is banned apart from for exceptional reasons,” the BBC said. Britain is Cyprus’s biggest source of tourism.

“While 17 May has been marked as the date that rule could change – the decision is subject

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  • 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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