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Mass retrenchments loom if leisure travel ‘does not open this week’

The interprovincial travel ban is costing the sector about R748m a day and putting 600,000 jobs at risk

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More than 600,000 tourism jobs and billions of rand in revenue are at risk if government’s ban on interprovincial is not lifted, tourism industry sources say.

With some R68bn lost during the three-month lockdown, the country’s small tourism businesses are facing ruin.

An estimated 49,000 SMEs have been “negatively affected” and many have closed their doors for good, said the Tourism Business Council of SA (TBCSA)...

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