Minister Shifeta says over 120 000 lost jobs in the tourism sector due to COVID-19

Minister Shifeta says over 120 000 lost jobs in the tourism sector due to COVID-19

The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta says the tourism sector felt the impact since last year when bookings were cancelled as countries were already putting up measures to restrict travel.
Shifeta said around 120 000 people lost direct and indirect jobs from the tourism and hospitality industries.
He emphasised that tourism contributes more than N$26 billion to the GDP of the economy and that it is projected to not be available now.
Pohamba also said most rural communities have been affected as they benefit more from community conservation.
He said measures put in place are good but they are suppressing the economy which will lead to depression.
Shifeta was speaking during an update on the tourism sector at the COVID-19 Communication Centre this morning.