CAPE TOWN - The Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (Barsa) said that they had noted the details provided by the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, regarding the relaxation of visa requirements to the country, which forms part of the economic stimulus and recovery plan announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
As a key representative of the world’s major airlines operating in South Africa, Barsa said that they remained concerned that the measures announced by the Minister will not result in any significant change in tourism arrivals to the country.
"Our view is that the measures are not adequate to place the country on a decisive path towards achieving its full tourism potential, thereby stimulating economic growth and lifting our country out technical recession today".
The key areas of disappointment for BARSA include, firstly, the lack of clear action to address and reverse the negative effects of the unabridged birth certificate requirements, which the airline and tourism industry has made numerous representations on. Foreign travelling minors are still required to prove parental consent for travel.
Barsa said additionally, the countries with which visa waivers are to be concluded will have little impact on South Africa’s overall tourism arrivals and receipts.