2019 Elections and tourism: Who didn’t check the calendar?

Opinion by Front National SA

2019 Elections and tourism: Who didn't check the calendar? Photo: Die Vryburger
2019 Elections and tourism: Who didn't check the calendar? Photo: Die Vryburger

Ramaphosa stood up in Parliament on Thursday 7 February 2019, and emphasized the importance of tourism. And then he killed 2019 tourism.

When he decided on a general election on 8 May, didn’t anybody bother to look at the calendar? Indaba, the biggest tourism expo in South Africa, usually the destination for foreign investors and visitors, takes place on 8 May.

And arrangements are now too far to reschedule or postpone. Cancelling would cost millions, not only in wasted funds, but in lost revenue.

A number of influential people in the tourism world indicated that they will not be attending this year, on the one hand because they need to be home for voting day, on the other: Why go to the expense of setting up a stall at Indaba if nobody is going to be there?

Ramaphosa just killed Indaba 2019. And the tourism industry will feel the effects. Which makes Front National wonder: How is it possible that such elementary things cannot be considered while trying to govern a country?

Read the original article on Front Nasionaal SA

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