Fifteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism sector continues to feel the impacts of emergency measures implemented across the globe to contain the spread of the virus. While some green shoots of recovery are starting to emerge, uncertainties around the rate of vaccination rollouts, continued evolution of virus variants and regulations both abroad and at home will influence the sustainable recovery of the sector in the months to come. Ongoing civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng is also likely to dampen demand in the short-term.
In this report we unpack the following to understand where we are on the road to recovery:
● The levels of international tourism and arrivals into South Africa and the trends behind these,
● The status of the pandemic and vaccination rollouts across key international source markets,
● Levels of domestic tourism recovery and related sectors.