Sunday World

Travel bans likely to cost local economy R6.5bn


South Africa’s economy will bleed R6.5-billion in foreign revenue due to the travel ban on the country following the detection of the Omicron variant, profession­al services firm PWC has estimated.

As internatio­nal attention exploded about Omicron, the World Health Organisati­on classified it as a “variant of concern” on November 27 over concerns that it could be more transmissi­ble than the Delta variant that is currently fueling a severe fourth wave in Europe. In response, a total of 92 countries have banned travel to and from SA.

A survey by the Southern African Tourism Services Associatio­n and the Federated Hospitalit­y Associatio­n found that travel bans cost South Africa at least half a million travel bookings.

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