Monday 26 October, 2020

Head to South Africa for the ‘perfect post-COVID’ getaway

Book South Africa for your next travel destination. (iStock photo)

Book South Africa for your next travel destination. (iStock photo)

The primary concern for most travellers today is the moment in time when the destination they’ve been eyeing on TripAdvisor or TravelNoire has finally relaxed their travel ban.

Many ponder: ‘Where you should I book my post-COVID vacay?’ Those in the know say South Africa is the perfect post-corona escape.

Have you ever been to South Africa? What are your thoughts?

According to a Tourlane survey with differing responses on the most-desired post-Corona vacation spots –  54% of travellers are anticipating going on vacation this year.

With only three months to the end of the year, the top five most desired destinations are South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Costa Rica, and Namibia.

The survey was conducted in April/May this year. The purpose of the study was to ascertain the top travel spot and inform travellers on the places to go.

‘With borders beginning to slowly open back up and the possibility of travel starting to return, we were interested to find out if travellers’ preferences have changed and how they are thinking about their next trip.’

‘Where do they want to go? Who do they want to go with? And, when is the earliest they feel comfortable travelling?’

Naturally, Tourlane scoured their community of travellers, and asked of their preferences.

The tests revealed that of the six top travel picks, South Africa is the most desired post-Corona destination.

After months in lockdown, travellers are looking to spend more time outdoors – naturally – going on a safari is the added bonus.

The downside to this rain cloud is that South African officials are not feeling very hospitable at the moment.

Reports are that in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the country has enforced strict travel restrictions and bans on visitors from the US and other countries.

‘Now tourism in South Africa is edging toward a revival, with both the government and travel industry mapping out plans to welcome visitors back in phases but there are already concerns it may be too early and instead coincide with the peak of South Africa’s Covid-19 infections.’

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), has orchestrated a plan to reopen the country to visitors from abroad as early as this month.

According to QuartzAfrica, the timing ties to the start of the summer travel season, which runs from September through March and accounts for 60% of the roughly $7.1 billion that international visitors spend annually in South Africa.

TimeOut.com however, warns that South Africa may not reopen to tourists until 2021.

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