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Crime, COVID and climate change – South African tourism faces many threats, but it’s resilient

Crime, COVID and climate change – South African tourism faces many threats, but it’s resilient

SOUTH Africa’s tourism industry has been rocked by the murder of a German visitor during an attempted robbery. The development resulted in negative media publicity, with a potentially adverse impact on the country’s image as a safe tourist destination. This comes at a time when the sector is recovering from the devastating effects of the COVID pandemic. The Conversation Africa’s political editor Thabo Leshilo asked Kaitano Dube, an expert in ecotourism, about tourism’s place in South Africa’s economy. Author KAITANO DUBE, Ecotourism Management Lecturer, Vaal University of Technology How important is tourism to South Africa’s economy? Tourism is critical to…
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