Why South Africa is losing out on the tourism boom

Empty recliners are seen on the popular Camps Bay beach in Cape Town as numbers of international tourists decline following Covid-19 travel restrictions. The country is simply not doing enough to cash in on tourism dollars. Photo: Reuters


According to the latest report from the World Tourism Council, South Africa is the third-lowest on a list of 20 countries in terms of travel and tourism’s contribution to the economy. Only South Korea (19th) and Indonesia (20th) rank below South Africa.

In the report, titled Economic Impact 2022: Global Trends, research was conducted among 185 countries and 26 regions in the world to determine to what extent the tourism sector in these countries had recovered from the negative effects of the Covid-19-induced lockdowns and movement restrictions.

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