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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.
By GERALD IMRAY
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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