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September 11, 2020

When will tourists return to Africa?

  • The COVID-19 restrictions have shuttered what was once the lucrative centerpiece of African tourism, the safari.
    Associated Press

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    Africa's tourism sector is struggling to cope with the drop in international travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Travel and Tourism Council estimates the drop in travel will see Africa lose between $53 billion and $120 billion in contributions to its GDP in 2020.

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Raino Bolz quickly diversified when his tourism business in South Africa's winelands crashed to a halt in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. He sold a minibus — useless without tourists to ferry around — and bought a herd of pregnant cows.

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