Dreaming about your next vacation and planning in advance just may save the tourism industry.
Despite the Covid19 pandemic, we can still help the tourism industry operate and save the jobs of the approximate one in every 22 working South African citizens employed in the sector.
Here are five ways to support the travel industry right now with online resources.
Buy now, stay later
Although hotels and other accommodation establishments are not able to accept guests at the moment, you’re still able to book now and stay later. Think of the upcoming winter months when it’s the best time to venture into the Lowveld for a wildlife safari, for example. In particular, Buckler’s Africa Lodge by BON Hotels is accepting bookings from 1 June 2020, allowing you to plan your trip.
Airbnb recently announced the launch of Online Experiences to allow people to explore the world from home while also giving their hosts a way of continuing to earn an income. From living rooms in New York to kitchens in Italy, there is something for everyone to enjoy. These Airbnb Experiences make for fun birthday gifts, virtual date nights and a unique way to experience different cultures from the comfort of your home.
Finally do those online reviews
Now that most of us have extra time on our hands, leaving online reviews on sites like TripAdvisor and Google could be the difference between someone booking for later or purchasing a voucher. It takes only a few minutes, and will really help support businesses who need it.
Postpone your trip
If you are in a position to do so, postpone your travels instead of cancelling them, especially if you have booked stays and experiences with small businesses. Refunds will be hitting the industry very hard, and every little bit that they can save would be helpful.
Support your local spots
Many restaurants are now open for deliveries and cities like Cape Town and Durban are especially known for the great eateries. Now is a great time to support these spots, to ensure they stay open as our borders open up to welcome visitors again. KZN’s renowned LivingRoom restaurant at Summerhill Estate will be accepting orders by way of a menu that changes once a week and includes baskets with selections of light meals and mains. In the Mother City, restaurants like FYN are also delivering their Experience Menu straight to your door, chocolate truffles included.