As part of the first leg to their Complete Confidence campaign, South African Tourism (SAT) has released a series of videos showcasing precautionary measures employed by the destination. These efforts intend to reassure tourists and invite them, even as international borders prepare to open up from 1st October 2020.
The first set of videos in the series aim to educate international tourists on bio-safety systems in place, at all private game lodges and government-owned national parks, shopping hubs, restaurants and accommodation facilities. These safety initiatives include lesser number of tourists in a safari vehicle to promote social distancing, digital menus, touchless parking, e-payment systems, hand-sanitization and disinfection stations, individually sanitized and packed takeways / room service etc.
“In South Africa, we remain committed to the safety and health of our visitors. Over the last few months, a lot of consultative work and focus has been placed on both, de-risking the sector and putting health & operational protocols in place for the safety of all tourists and employees – these videos stem from those efforts,” Neliswa Nkani, Hub Head – Middle East, India and South East Asia, South African Tourism, said and added that the objective is to clearly communicate the globally-benchmarked measures implemented as SAT looks to build aspiration and reassure travellers looking to travel internationally, as borders reopen.
SAT also aims to release additional videos highlighting safety regulations for MICE experiences, as part of this series.
“The MICE industry in South Africa has witnessed a quick rebound, and is stronger and more vigilant than ever. It is an industry that never backs down from a challenge; this is clearly evident from the fact that we are ready for business. We have in place one of the most advanced planned protocols in the world, with pre-screening and onsite confirmation to guarantee safe events,” she continued.
At present, social, religious, political and other gatherings are permitted in South Africa, as long as the number of people do not exceed 50% of the normal capacity of a venue – up to a maximum of 250 people for indoor gatherings and 500 people for outdoor gatherings.