South Africa’s tourism minister insists the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is no threat to tourism in her country.
The was responding to a British newspaper report that at least 1 500 Thai tourists have cancelled their trips to South Africa this month and next.
Communications minister Faith Muthambi reiterates that South Africa remains the destination of choice for tourism.
She says no cases of the Ebola virus have been reported in South Africa where the government is confident of the systems and protocols that are in place to address any incidence of the virus.
Muthambi says it’s unfortunate that the Times of London would choose to report that a handful of tourists cancelled their trip due to fears, which according to the report are based on erroneous facts about the virus.
Muthambi says the risk of Ebola being introduced into South Africa are low and the tourism industry remains vibrant and lucrative.
The virus has devastated countries in West Africa with the death toll standing at 1145. Liberia has the highest death toll in the epidemic since the start of the year.
The minister says as a sought-after destination, South Africa reiterates that it has ensured that stringent measures have been put in place.
The surveillance for viral haemorrhagic fevers has been strengthened at ports of entry.