SA tourism takes knock amid coronavirus

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JOHANNESBURG - The coronavirus outbreak could severely impact the tourism industry. With at least seven cases confirmed in South Africa so far, some of the world's most famous sites have been shut, knocking tourist numbers. Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane met with representatives from the tourism sector on Monday. WATCH: Tourism minister meets industry on coronavirus threat…

JOHANNESBURG – The coronavirus outbreak could severely impact the tourism industry.

With at least seven cases confirmed in South Africa so far, some of the world’s most famous sites have been shut, knocking tourist numbers.

Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane met with representatives from the tourism sector on Monday.

WATCH: Tourism minister meets industry on coronavirus threat

Although the industry has already suffered losses, Kubayi-Ngubane said if everyone works together the industry will emerge stronger from this.

But South African Tourism says there’s some good news for local travel.

“The number of flights have reduced from Air China. SAA has stopped flying to Hong Kong.

READ: Impact of the coronavirus on South Africa’s economy

“That’s going to have an impact. There’s a travel ban within China itself. The mobility of the Chinese have been reduced,” said South African Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona.

Experts say given the current data on the virus, its impact on the markets could take six months to work itself out.

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