Sun International’s hotels, resorts and leisure properties are still expecting a great end-of-year tourist season, despite the announcement that the country is back on the UK’s red list.

Graham Wood, Sun International’s COO for Hospitality said, “Sure, it was disheartening to wake up to the news that we’re back on the UK’s red list, along with a number of our neighbouring countries, but the majority of our bookings for the season are from domestic travellers, so we’re still preparing for a really busy season.

“Our Sun City and Wild Coast Sun resorts are always extremely popular with South African holidaymakers and this festive season is forecast to be no different! The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town traditionally welcomes overseas tourists at this time, but we and our colleagues in the Cape Town Hotel industry have been offering great deals, so we foresee an increase in bookings from local travellers for December and January. I am also confident that other self-drive destinations such as Durban and Umhlanga will be busy over the summer holiday period. ”

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Wood noted that while there is an increase in infection rates, the best protection against infection is still to wear masks, sanitise and maintain a social distance. It is also important to continue to encourage one another to vaccinate to reduce the risk of hospitalisations. By doing this South Africans can still enjoy their traditional year-end break.

“Our hotels, resorts and casinos are all well placed to respect the health and safety of our guests. Our properties are all geared for social distancing so there is no crowding, and we have stringent Covid-19 protocols in place to protect our guests and staff. At Sun International we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone over the festive season.”

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