The UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has noted that devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global tourism has carried on into 2021, with new data showing an 87% fall in international tourist arrivals in January as compared to last year.

The organisation warned that the outlook for the rest of the year remains cautious as it continues to call for stronger coordination on travel protocols between countries to ensure the safe restart of tourism and avoid another year of massive losses for the sector.

The World Travel and Tourism Council has projected that global travel and tourism will experience 98.2 million job losses on the upside scenario, 121.1 million job losses for the baseline scenario and 197.5 million job losses for
the worst-case scenario.

In response the South African government has published the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan to revive the domestic tourism sector as travel restrictions continue to hamper the sector.

As part of the plan the Limpopo Tourism Agency organised a travel gig for journalists to help highlight some of the hidden gems on the local travel and tourism map.

The tour coincided with the Limpopo Golf Championship in Mookgophong in the Waterberg district. Hopefully in good time the sector will recover and create even more than the jobs lost due to the national lockdown. Here’s a pictorial snippet of the rugged Waterberg.

Golfers enjoy the bushveld sunshine in the Limpopo Golf Championship at the Euphoria Golf and Lifestyle Estate. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba
The Leeuwenhof County Estate offers a variety of accommodation including luxury tents with outdoor showers. You can take a morning shower while game grazes nearby. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba
The Leeuwenhof offers travellers to pick strawberries on their vast estate. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba
Adventures include an adrenaline pumping ziplining activity at the Thaba Monate Resort near Bela Bela. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba
The rugged Waterberg offers an opportunity to connect with mother nature in a luxury setting. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba
Jet skiing in the Leeuwenhof Dam is a popular activity for travellers wearing of the road and the mundane routine of daily life. Photo: Lucas Ledwaba

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