The Democratic Alliance (DA) has confirmed to write to Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, to request that she provides a date as to the opening of South Africa’s borders for international travel as well as the preparations.
Meanwhile, this comes after the Minister’s comments at the launch of the National Tourism Month this week.
“Reconfirming that she has no clue or understanding about tourism and its functions in reality,” DA said.
However, they added unbelievably, Kubayi-Ngubane said that local tourism enterprises which cater for international tourists must adapt their offerings to suit the domestic market while the international borders remain closed.
“If truth be told, Kubayi-Ngubane is indeed the ‘Minister of No Tourism’, because she is oblivious to the fact that when a tourism product is designed and priced for the international market, rates can’t be dropped because domestic travellers don’t carry strong foreign currencies,” DA said.
The Minister of no Tourism surely cannot expect that airlines, for example, drop their prices to the same rate as that of taxis or buses, it simply is not financially feasible.
In addition, they said it is for this reason that the DA will be writing to the Minister of no Tourism to request that she provides the tourism sector with a date.
Also, when the borders will reopen so that the international tourism sector can start preparing for tourists and promoting South Africa to the world.
She needs to provide a date backed by scientific evidence, not one that is thumb sucked by her colleagues in Cabinet.