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Broken China: coronavirus visits panic upon SA tourism


Broken China: coronavirus visits panic upon SA tourism

The local industry had pinned its hopes on a big boost from the Chinese. Now it can only hope for a vaccine

Senior science reporter

The SA tourism industry is bracing itself for a coronavirus shockwave after identifying China recently as its emerging market for inbound travel.

“China is a tourism market we identified to boost between now and 2030,” says Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa. “In our plans, we had wanted to boost arrivals by 2 million per year by 2030. In 2018, we received 95,000 Chinese passport holders.”

Last year in October, SA had signed a two-year agreement with Chinese internet firm Tencent, which would use its popular WeChat platform to market SA to millions of Chinese citizens...

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