Tourists cancel South Africa travel plans over Ebola

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Cape Town – Tourists from various eastern countries have been cancelling their trips to South Africa, citing the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa as their reason.

Die Burger reports that scores of tourists who were meant to be travelling to South Africa in August, September and October have cancelled their air tickets and accommodation bookings out of fear that they might contract the virus while on the African continent.

According to David Frost, executive head of the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA), a group of 1 500 tourists from Thailand who were set to visit the country in September have cancelled their trip, while smaller groups from Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Japan have done the same.

Tour operators fear that if someone should test positive, it would cause mass hysteria and lead to absolute chaos in the tourism industry…

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