The popular national SANParks week will be in effect from Monday to Friday. During this week South Africans have free access to our national parks.
It is the 16th edition of this initiative and since its inception, nearly 600 000 people have taken advantage of the incentive.
This year, an added focus is the continued drive to resuscitate the tourism industry which took heavy blows during the lockdown periods.
SANParks Week was launched at the Addo National Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape on Sunday. The tourism sector is struggling to stay afloat as COVID-19 wreaked havoc.
The pandemic forced numerous tourism operations to close down. Thousands lost their jobs. And the virus is seemingly not going away anytime soon.
SANParks board chairperson Pam Yako says, “Talking about the industry lost 71% of travellers and jobs. The sector is also employing many young people.”
SANParks Week launched in Eastern…