The tourism industry in Cape Town is concerned about the recent resurgence of COVID-19 in the Western Cape. Travel and economic restrictions that are a potential consequence of the spike in cases could serve a killer blow to an already devastated industry.
The tourism industry in Cape Town has been one of the hardest hit since the COVID-19 pandemic began and only recently launched efforts to stimulate a recovery, which would have largely depended on the influx in visitors to the city during the festive season and summer months.
However, the province is facing a resurgence in cases, with more than 10,000 active COVID-19 infections in the Western Cape on Monday. Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy has expressed his concerns over the consequences that this COVID-19 case spike could have for the tourism industry in Cape Town.
“We know what the end result could be… there are considerations around further lockdowns and that of course will have dire consequences economically for the tourism sector,” he said, as reported by EWN. “Every single visitor is important, every single rand spent in Cape Town is important, not just for the economy, but to sustain jobs in the sector.”
Duminy also said that bookings have increased, due to campaigns run through Travel Start and Flight Centre. They will also continue to run various campaigns focused on industry safety and readiness making sure that the sector adheres to the COVID-19 regulations.