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Government ‘hopeful’ that international travel will open sooner than expected

With the domestic tourism sector allowed to resume operations under South Africa’s level, the government’s next step is to work towards the reopening of international travel, says tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.

“With the risk of the virus spread on a downward trend, we are hopeful that the opening of our borders will happen sooner than we are expecting,” Kubayi-Ngubane said in a media briefing on Monday (31 August).

“Again, I need to emphasise that the level of risk, as assessed by the experts, will be determinant of when this will happen.”

She added that the government remains focused on domestic tourism at present that this will be the ‘first pillar’ upon which the country’s tourism recovery will kick-start

“We believe that domestic tourism, South Africans travelling and getting to know their own country, can drive market demand to unprecedented levels.

“During this Tourism Month, we will be driving our domestic tourism campaign aimed at getting South Africans to travel and explore the splendour of their country responsibly, under the guidance of the health and safety protocols.”

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