WATCH: How the coronavirus could affect SA’s tourism sector

A Ukrainian tourist walks in the arrival hall of the Internatioanal Boryspil airport outside Kiev, Ukraine, after his plane landed from China on January 30 2020.Picture: AFP/SERGEI SUPINSKY
A Ukrainian tourist walks in the arrival hall of the Internatioanal Boryspil airport outside Kiev, Ukraine, after his plane landed from China on January 30 2020.Picture: AFP/SERGEI SUPINSKY

International tourist arrivals to SA have been on the decline, coming in at a three-and-a-half-year low in the third quarter of 2019.

In a bid to turn that around, SA Tourism signed a two-year deal with China’s biggest online platform, Tencent, to lure visitors from the region. But the deadly coronavirus may have thrown a spanner in the works.

Tourism Business Council CEO Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa joined Business Day TV to discuss how the outbreak could affect the country’s tourism sector.

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