Tourism Ministry confirms intention to update legislation to dispel confusion
Since the Advanced Level 3 Regulations were issued on 26 June, there has been much confusion as to whether intra-provincial travel for leisure is permitted.
The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), of which ASATA is a member, has interpreted the regulations to say that leisure travel within provinces is allowed.
However, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has confirmed clearly to ASATA and the TBCSA that, under the Advanced Level 3 regulations, domestic leisure is banned and that it is the Department of Tourism’s intention to update the regulations to ensure this point is clarified.
“ASATA supports a responsible phased reopening of tourism and travel that successfully balances saving lives and preserving livelihoods. We have instituted robust safety and health protocols based on international best practice to that end,” says Otto de Vries, CEO ASATA.
“To this end, we are disappointed the intention of the recently released Advanced Level 3 regulations is not to permit leisure travel within provinces. ASATA will continue to lobby for the safe reopening of travel and tourism, so the over one million jobs in South Africa and the livelihoods that these jobs support can be saved,” concludes de Vries.