Please see a few words that I penned for this article on Traveller24. I’ll add more later. For now, we keep safe and remain mnindful of those who are more vulnerable than us.
While all areas of society are going to feel the storm and aftershocks of the coronavirus, my heart goes out specifically to the tourism industry around which most of my work as a travel journalist is centered – over 1.5 million of us who are at the vanguard of serving, celebrating and promoting our country.
Where it is safe and permissible, my encouragement is to please support local tourism. Particularly those who would have had to cancel international travels – we’re blessed with an incredible country that deserves to be explored and celebrated. Again, keep it safe and adhere to all safety precautions and suggestions.
For travel writers, bloggers and influencers, we have a voice to acknowledge what is happening around us, keeping abreast of updates and developments, but also continuing to share stories of hope and encouragement.
Perhaps guests may not be able to currently visit the places we profile, but more than ever these establishments will need our support. I’ve had to change some of my content strategy to focus more on domestic travel, giving emphasis to the hidden gems that are within our reach and can be safely visited.
One small advantage for the local market is that there will be increasing specials for local travellers. By taking advantage of these specials we’re not only exploring and celebrating our country but also making sure that the jobs of those in the hospitality industry are not lost.
In the interim, if you are a Capetonian and looking for a remote escape, consider http://westcoastvillarentals.com on South Africa’s West Coast. I’ll add more suggestions in time.