Local tourism to take 3 years to recover to 2019 level, says SA Tourism CEO
SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona on Monday said it was likely to take a long time for the industry to return to pre-COVID-19 levels.
JOHANNESBURG - As the nation anxiously waits for word on Monday evening on what is to be done to curb the spread of COVID-19, there are fears that stricter regulations will be imposed as President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Cabinet try to pull off a tricky balancing act to keep the pandemic in check and protect a fragile economy.
One of the sectors hit hardest by the pandemic and associated lockdown is tourism.
SA Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona said it was likely to take a long time for the industry to return to pre-COVID-19 levels.
“We’ve estimated that it’s going to take us about 24 to 30 months based on current activities and trajectories in order to get there. That’s two-and-a-half-years, three years just to get back to 2019 levels of activity. So, the recovery is going to be slow, difficult, [and] hard. But it’s going to be led by domestic first,” Ntshona said.