JOHANNESBURG – The National Accommodation Association of South Africa has said around 90% of small lodges and guesthouses may soon have to close due to the number of booking cancellations.
This follows travel bans imposed by a number of countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, after the discovery of the Omicron variant COVID-19.
More than 18,000 new cases have been detected in the last 24 hours under review.
During the same period, 21 COVID-19 related deaths were recorded.
The majority of new infections have been recorded in Gauteng, which is struggling with a fourth wave.
National Accommodation Association president Rosemarie van Staden said the industry was facing a total collapse
“We are talking to people on a daily basis who can no longer keep their doors open and there is simply no more leisure income, so it is really a difficult situation for the guest house industry,” a- she declared. .
Van Staden said South Africa’s tourism sector was heading for a dismal festive season.
“Families who were supposed to come to Gauteng to visit their children, weddings have been cancelled. Nobody knows if we can travel, so a lot of people are now canceling their reservations,” Van Staden said.
Meanwhile, ambassadors from 16 African countries are pressuring the US government to immediately lift its COVID-19 travel ban on eight African countries.
In a joint statement, the ambassadors of the Southern African Development Community claimed that the restrictions are unfair and negatively stigmatize the African continent.