Tourists Cancel SA Visit Despite No Reported Ebola Cases
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Rich global tourists have withdrawn their travel plans to Africa, with South Africa’s upmarket hotels like Cape Town’s One & Only and Table Bay suffering the most though they are located in a region with no reported cases of the Ebola epidemic, it has emerged.
South Africa’s tour operators – those that combine tour and travel components to create a holiday – have confirmed this disturbing trend.
It is understood that this trend has become a damp squib on what has become a very good year for local hoteliers and tour operators in South Africa as tourist numbers into the country had been increasing.
“We have had some cancellations from international bookings at some of our properties mostly in the August to October period,” Moneyweb quoted Michael Farr, GM corporate brand and communications at Sun International, as having said.
It is believed that most travel withdrawals to Africa came from the Asian market while the European market somewhat remained robust.
“We have seen a decline in business travel to all African countries as a result of the fear of Ebola. The local impact is seen in the conference and groups business where there have been a number of cancellations in the market,” Marcel von Aulock, CEO of Tsogo Sun, told Moneyweb.
“Three weeks ago I wasn’t that concerned, but since then we have had several cancellations. It’s not the economy or the politics, its Ebola – there is no guesswork in this – it’s what clients are telling us,” Steve Ellis, MD of Personal Africa, a tour operator, told Moneyweb.
“People want to avoid airports,” Moneyweb quoted Clive Bennett, GM of the One & Only Cape Town as having said. “They are afraid of the unknown, and they worry that there is no vaccine. To eliminate the worry travellers are choosing alternative destinations or will defer their trip to 2016.”
Article Credit: Ventures-africa