Tourism industry pleads for early lifting of travel restrictions

2020/06/09 22:17:00

Tourism industry pleads for early lifting of travel restrictions

Tourism industry pleads for early lifting of travel restrictions

The industry wants the Covid-19 travel restrictions to be lifted from September to allow it to benefit from the peak tourism season

Linda EnsorPicture: Amy DawsonThe tourism industry, which contributes nearly 9% to SA's economy, is appealing to the government to begin the phased in easing of restrictions on travel and tourism at the earliest from September.It also believes a fixed date for opening up to international travel is critical to allow tourists to make forward bookings and for the industry to develop travel packages. Failing this, tourists would find alternative destinations, which could result in a permanent loss for SA.

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09 June 2020 - 14:14 Linda Ensor Picture: Amy Dawson The tourism industry, which contributes nearly 9% to SA's economy, is appealing to the government to begin the phased in easing of restrictions on travel and tourism at the earliest from September.08 June 2020 - 08:35 Matthew Brockett New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adern at a news conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, on June 8 2020.09 June 2020 - 08:36 Swati Pandey and Chibuike Oguh A man walks past an electronic display showing Asian markets indices outside a brokerage in Tokyo.09 June 2020 - 10:09 Agency Staff Mustapha Moulay, who has been living in Italy for 32 years, prays next to the grave of his wife, who died on April 7 from Covid-19, This photo was taken on June 5 in the Muslim section of an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic cemetery of Bruzzano, Italy.

It also believes a fixed date for opening up to international travel is critical to allow tourists to make forward bookings and for the industry to develop travel packages. Failing this, tourists would find alternative destinations, which could result in a permanent loss for SA. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that all remaining restrictions on people and businesses, other than strict border controls to keep the virus out, will be lifted at midnight tonight, paving the way for a resumption of normal life. The industry is pushing for the easing of restrictions for the peak inbound season between September and February. Global financial markets were battered in March as investors fretted over the extent of both the short and longer term damage to the world economy from the coronavirus pandemic. These pleas were made by board members of the Tourism Business Council of SA (TBCSA) which represents a number of industry associations at a meeting of parliament’s tourism portfolio committee on Tuesday. “We united in unprecedented ways to crush the virus,” Ardern said at a media conference in Wellington. Content hosted by iono. More than 34,000 people have died from the virus in Italy, mostly in the industrial north, and for months global air travel has been at a near-standstill.

fm But MPs pointed out that it would be difficult for the government give a fixed date for the opening up the sector before the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic had been reached, estimated to be in September. We now have a head-start on our economic recovery. It was last up 0. TBCSA chair and the deputy CEO of the Tourvest group, Blacky Komani, said the association had recently met President Cyril Ramaphosa and a number of ministers in a bid to get the industry back on track as soon as possible to preserve jobs. Under level 3 of the Covid-19 lockdown regulations, limited domestic travel for business purposes is permitted. It enforced one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, asking everyone to stay at home and allowing only essential services to operate. Limited domestic air travel means that flights are only allowed to depart and land at selected airports in a phased manner.5% while Chinese shares started on a firm footing with the blue-chip CSI300 index rising 0. Komani said the industry had developed safety and hygiene protocols to prevent the spread of the infection once the sector opened up. The seven-week lockdown ended on May 14 and the cabinet decided on Monday it is safe to lower the nation’s alert level to 1, meaning there will be no limitations on any businesses, domestic travel, public gatherings or sports events.3% of the population.

TBCSA board member Glenton de Kock informed MPs of a TBCSA survey that was conducted in mid-May, which indicated that if domestic leisure and corporate travel were allowed from September 1, regional travel from December 1 and the full opening of all international borders as from March 1 2021, the industry would be expected to achieve 18% of its annual turnover; would potentially consider laying off 37% or retrenching 23% of its employees; and 46% of businesses would still be partially closed or totally closed in February 2021. If only 18% of annual turnover were achieved, industry spend would decline to R49. That puts New Zealand in the vanguard of nations recovering from the pandemic, and makes it “if not the most open, one of the most open economies in the world”, Ardern said.2%.1bn from the 2018 level of R273.2bn and more than 600,000 direct jobs and 1. The rugby-mad country will also be the first in the world to welcome crowds back to professional games in the Covid era when Super Rugby matches resume this weekend, the sport’s administrator said.23-million total jobs would be lost of the estimated total of 1. “The good news is that this shows central banks’ effort to stabilise the market have worked,” said Tai Hui, chief Asia market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management. She contracted the virus in a Milan hospital where she had been admitted a month earlier for a minor leg operation, said Moulay, who was born in Morocco and has lived in Italy for 32 years.

5-million industry jobs. Support for the prime minister and her Labour Party surged in recent opinion polls, forcing the main opposition party to replace its leader less than four months out from a general election. The industry’s contribution to GDP would also decline from its normal 8.6% to 1. The closed border is taking a heavy toll on the tourism sector, which was the nation’s biggest source of foreign exchange earnings before the pandemic, and there is little prospect of it fully recovering until a vaccine is found.” Tai said the “road to recovery” was still long while the threat of a second wave of coronavirus infections cannot be ruled out yet.55%. Already about 50,000 tourism businesses have closed permanently or temporarily and there is the danger that 555,000-600,000 direct jobs could be lost in 2020. The removal of social distancing rules will give a “significant boost” to New Zealand’s economy by stoking confidence, said Stephen Toplis, head of research at Bank of New Zealand in Wellington. 'A dignified burial’ Under Islamic tradition, the dead must be buried as quickly as possible, preferably within 24 hours.

TBCSA board members pointed out that European and many of SA’s key markets countries were beginning to open up for both inbound and outbound travel. Overnight on Wall Street, the Dow rose 1. TBCSA also requested that the temporary employers/employees relief scheme (Ters) be extended to end-December and not be limited to the three months envisaged by the government. And there is already some evidence of household expenditure picking up in excess of our expectations,” he said. The association also wants the government to increase the amount in the R200m tourism relief fund for SMMEs and to lower the R300m threshold for companies to qualify for assistance under the loan guarantee scheme. It is calling for an acceleration of the introduction of the e-visa regime, for there to be more visa waivers for low-risk countries, and for temporary visa waivers for countries that were key for the local tourism industry. The education minister has said the country may become an even more desirable destination for foreign students, even if they need to serve a two-week quarantine on arrival.13%. The industry has been working with the government on the provision of accommodation for isolation and quarantining of those infected with Covid-19, as well as for essential workers. The body of a Muslim who died in Milan last week was transported 50km for burial, he said.

. “We must remain mindful of the global situation and the harsh reality that the virus will be in our world for some time to come,” she said.