Coronavirus negatively impacting SA's tourism sector
March 16, 2020
Gauteng, South Africa: Africa's Travel Indaba 2020, Africa's largest travel and trade show, has been postponed. The tradeshow was scheduled to take place from May 12-14, 2020 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.
The Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, has confirmed that the tourism industry will play its role in supporting the needed measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa after he announced measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa .
Sisa Ntshona, CEO for South African Tourism said: "We are working closely with the Minister of Tourism to implement a plan to protect the future growth of our industry in these unprecedented times. We will continue to engage with you as an important stakeholder and provide timeous updates.
"As the first measure to implement Cabinet’s decision to encourage social distancing by prohibiting gatherings of more than 100 people, the Minister of Tourism has announced the difficult decision to postpone Africa’s Travel INDABA 2020. We as South African Tourism fully support this decision."
Ntshona also thanked everyone who has already invested a significant amount of time, effort and resources in preparing for this year’s much-anticipated event.
"I appreciate how we, as an industry, look forward to showcasing our products, attracting new buyers and most importantly, network with our peers at INDABA. This decision must come as an enormous disappointment, but we as partners in tourism need to act responsibly to put our people first," he said.