Tourist sighs: can SA’s visitor attractions survive?

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Tourist sighs: can SA’s visitor attractions survive?

Easter is critical for tourism, but travellers will be stuck at home by the time this peak period arrives

Sabine Lehmann

Covid-19 and the measures the SA government has put in place to curb its spread have had an acute effect on visitor attractions. Many sites reported a 90% drop in admissions in the week before the lockdown announcement, and some will not be able to reopen their doors after the 21 days stipulated.

Visitor attractions exist to bring people together. They provide safe spaces and places for people to connect, with themselves, their families, friends and strangers.

The very core of being an attraction is now in question. It is clear that with high fixed costs, visitor attractions are severely and immediately affected by any slowdown in admissions ticketing...

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