In April 2022 the South African government lifted the National State of Disaster for COVID-19, while the Minister of Health lifted the last COVID-19 restrictions in June 2022. South African Tourism, the City of Cape Town, and various other tourism bodies had for a while been lobbying the government to lift restrictions to aid economic recovery and the ailing tourism industry.
During peak seasons and across major routes in South Africa, demand for aeroplane seats is exceeding supply during 2022, due to some domestic airlines struggling financially. Consequently, although many consumers would like to travel, they are unable to do so during peak seasons since they cannot secure a seat.
Travel is changing, and lodging is adapting to the new circumstances. Indeed, business travel continues to be lower in 2022 than it was in 2019, and the manner in which consumers are travelling is also shifting.
Although travel intermediaries are becoming more important in 2022, with many people desiring face-to-face appointments rather than booking directly online, direct online bookings continue to have the largest penetration of retail value sales. Nevertheless, travel intermediaries are increasingly valued for their knowledge regarding travel policies and flight cancellations, as well as being able to handle large groups more efficiently.
Although travel demand is growing in 2022, it is unlikely that the industry will recover to pre-pandemic levels before the end of 2023 or even 2024. Many people are still wary of travelling, whether for health reasons or a lack of confidence in travel plans not being interrupted due to the pandemic or the war in Ukraine, which has also led to fuel costs and increasing inflation worldwide, thereby leading to higher travel costs.
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