KZN floods result in loss of revenue and jobs

Visitors cancel bookings as torrential floods hit KwaZulu-Natal.

Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says the floods that have ravaged KwaZulu-Natal will cost the tourism industry millions of revenue and hundreds of jobs.

A number of tourists have cancelled their reservations following the heavy rains and floods, with some establishments left destroyed. Sisulu says on average, 16 percent of bookings made in Durban have been cancelled.

“This translates to a loss in projected visitors of 20 percent – about 30,000 visitors,” Sisulu says.

According to the minister, this means a direct spend loss of R30 million is projected, with R74 million GDP loss, and 155 temporary job losses.

“I am appealing to all who are travelling over the Easter weekend to do so safely and return to their homes safely,” says Sisulu.

“South African borders remain open and we are ready to welcome visitors from various parts of the world – we have globally-benchmarked norms and standards that ensure the safety of all citizens and visitors alike,” Minister Sisulu said.

Sisulu has called on tourists and residents in KwaZulu-Natal to be vigilant and safe. She sent her heartfelt condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones during the torrential floods in the province.