South Africa tourism shows signs of recovery during festive season


An aerial photo taken on October 18, 2019, shows a city view of Durban, South Africa. (Photo/Xinhua)

South African tourism is showing signs of recovery with the coastal city of Durban having 80 percent occupancy at establishments and more than 200,000 visitors during the festive season, said Mxolisi Kaunda, the mayor on Sunday.

“We desperately needed this development because we were bruised by the pandemic and multitudes of our people lost jobs. I am happy that following these figures, it means we are doing things right,” said Kaunda.

Kaunda said during this festive season restaurants and eateries in the townships and other destinations were full of tourists.

Over the Christmas weekend period alone, about 200,000 people visited the city, spending close to 150 million rand (about 10 million U.S. dollars).

Last Thursday, the South African government removed the curfew imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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