Cape Town Tourism says it’s difficult to plot the sector’s recovery with no real indication of when the COVID-19 pandemic will end.

It’s been just over a year since the country went into a hard lockdown for the first time, and the tourism industry has been one of the hardest-hit sectors.

Even though the freedom to travel domestically has led to a slight uptick in the occupancy at hotels, guesthouses and B and B’s, the industry has been decimated by the lockdown.

Cape Town Tourism CEO, Enver Duminy, says it’s been difficult for businesses to survive and continue providing employment.

“ To be honest, it’s been hard keeping a decimated industry hopeful. We’ve seen many businesses close down, especially the SMMEs within tourism and it’s been heart-breaking to witness this from the front row”.

Duminy has called on Capetonians to continue supporting the tourism sector wherever they can.

“Tourism is an extremely valuable part of our economy and could use all the support that it can get right now, even from our citizens. Support the local industry, take advantage of our diverse, affordable and our fantastic experiences, plan your unforgettable stay-cation and do so safely”