The declining tourism figures correlate with the advent of the new visa regulations, according to David Frost, the CEO of Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA).
Frost, speaking to CapeTalk's Africa Melane, said international family arrivals had been growing by 1.8%, but since the introduction of the new regulations regarding unabridged certificates on June 1, family arrivals fell by 10%.
I think the time has passed to be quibbling about whether these regulations have had an impact on tourism or not— David Frost, CEO of SATSA
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Frost said they were willing to work with the minister to address some of the concerns they had around the safety of minors.
According to Frost, tourism industry associations had been waiting for too long for the government to intervene but instead, the government was making inflammatory statements about the industry.
He said the Minister of Home Affairs had not awarded them an opportunity to discuss these pressing issues in the industry and now they have a message to the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Mr Deputy President take these regulations off the table immediately and as soon as you do that sir, we go back to doing things for the country. We have been in foreign exchange, we create jobs and we are the best PR agency this country has ….— David Frost, CEO of SATSA