THE recent travel warnings issued by the governments of China, United Kingdom and Australia to its citizens advising caution when considering visiting South Africa due to the current unrest is devastating to the travel industry of this country.
Considering that tourism garners more foreign currency than gold exports, such a situation requires immediate action.
Organisations such as FEDHASA, NAA and Tourism South Africa should be jumping around creating an all out “Visit South Africa” campaign directly addressing the xenophobia.
Tourists already booked to travel to South Africa and those contemplating such an event need immediate assurance of a number of facts.
Firstly they need to know xenophobia is NOT directed at tourists, secondly, it is confined to the inner cities of Durban and Johannesburg, and thirdly, and most importantly, they need to know by all indications this wave of unrest has run its course, mainly as a result of massive public protests against it.
-Connor Ward, Addo