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blsaBL Premium reports that Business Leadership SA (BLSA) has enlisted some of the world’s best-known companies to campaign for the removal of UK travel restrictions that threaten to bring a second summer of misery to SA tourism.

Industry body Satsa, which has been lobbying the UK government, argued on Monday that the rate of infections in SA was lower than the UK’s and so there was no justification for the ban. Travel between the countries is not prohibited, but the UK put SA on a “red list” — anyone entering from such destinations has to spend 10 days in a quarantine hotel and pay more than £2,000 (R39,000), making SA too expensive for most Britons. Satsa is desperate for the restrictions to be eased as SA enters its summer months. Traditionally, the country would now be looking forward to an influx of high-spending tourists from the UK and other key markets such as the US, Germany and France. Before the pandemic, SA attracted about 450,000 UK travellers a year.  BLSA has written a letter to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, saying many of its members have “significant numbers of UK employees” and raise capital on London’s financial markets. It emphasised Africa’s critical role to the UK’s long-term economic prospects. While other countries, such as France and Canada, are now open to vaccinated South Africans, the UK has kept tough restrictions. Fedhasa, which represents the hospitality industry, said the government’s ever changing lockdown restrictions, such as alcohol bans, early curfews and travel bans, also deterred tourists.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Katharine Child at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)

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