Fears over 'local' coronavirus variant a fresh threat to SA's limping tourism sector

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Sadly, the peak festive season trading was lost for many in the SA tourism industry. (iStock)
Sadly, the peak festive season trading was lost for many in the SA tourism industry. (iStock)
The first thing that needs to happen in the South African tourism industry, is for it to address the current narrative overseas about there being "a South African variant" of the coronavirus, according to Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO of the Tourism Business Council of SA (TBCSA), which represents the private sector.

He commented on President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement on Monday evening that confirmed shorter curfew hours and the lifting of the outright ban on alcohol sales.

"It is a Covid-19 variant and we as South Africans are not doing ourselves any favours by saying it is a 'South African' variant. There are many variants. There are people with that variant in the US who never even travelled to SA. So, it is a [Covid-19] variant and not a South African variant," said Tshivhengwa

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