Tag Archives: Tourism Business Council of South Africa

Confusing Covid and Visa regulations damage International Tourism to South Africa!


Six days after South Africa’s borders reopened for tourism, confusion reigns about various aspects of the new regulations in regard to how they apply to Leisure and Business Travellers, the insurance required in particular, whether the Covid testing applies to airline crew, and whether Visas are required for visitors to our country!  A surprise has been that the Minister of Tourism has appeared to have had no participation in the regulations regarding the reopening of International Tourism, left in the hands of the Departments of Home Affairs, Transport, and International Relations and  Cooperation! Continue reading →

SA Tourism private sector boldly predicts that International Tourism will reopen in September 2020!


As a writer following the Covid-19 pandemic and its rampant disastrous effect on Tourism and the Restaurant industries, I have been surprised to read an increasing number of articles predicting the opening up of our country to international tourism by September 2020, in a month that is Tourism Month, and traditionally the beginning of the South African summer and therefore Tourist season.  The articles stem from a media release by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, and appears confident in its prediction, based on its lobbying with Government, an interaction which was scheduled for yesterday 9 June. No outcome of this interaction has been seen yet. Earlier predictions were that the country would only reopen to international tourists in February 2021.  Continue reading →

Tourism business confidence and numbers decline!

imageTourism numbers are reflecting the damaging impact of the new Home Affairs Visa regulations, with Arrivals on the decline, as is the Business Confidence in the Tourism industry. It is no surprise that the two indicators go hand in hand!

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) Tourism Business Index for the third quarter of this year is 92,4, the second Continue reading →