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IIn efforts to aid the recovery of the global tourism sector, South African Tourism and Qatar Airways, hosted a webinar featuring over 300 global trade partners.
Focused on showcasing the work that both South African Tourism and Qatar Airways are doing to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector, the webinar also aimed to engage with global trade to ensure alignment of efforts whilst emphasizing the commitment of both South African Tourism and Qatar Airways.
South African Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona highlighted the importance of airlift in the inclusive recovery of tourism and thanked Qatar Airways for their commitment to carrying travellers to and from South Africa.
Ntshona also reiterated the role of collaboration and partnerships in the recovery of the tourism sector.
“Our partnership with Qatar Airways is testament of how no destination can do it alone, we need partnerships which span across the tourism value chain in order to ensure an inclusive and fully rounded recovery of the sector,” said Ntshona.
Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Thierry Antinori reinforced Qatar Airways’ commitment to excellence and to destination South Africa, despite the challenging trading environment.
“The DNA of Qatar Airways has always been about putting the customer and their needs first and being where the customer needs us to be. We have continued to fly during this crisis to many destinations including South Africa, because we understand the power of mobility and how it connects people,” said Mr Antinori.
Antinori also expressed Qatar Airways commitment to trade, both in South Africa and the rest of the world.
In attendance was South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who outlined the country’s efforts in ensuring destination readiness and ease of entry into South Africa; including the e-visa system which is critical. She also thanked Qatar Airways for their commitment to ensuring airlift to and from South Africa.
Earlier this year, Qatar Airways increased their flying frequency into South Africa to a total of 28 weekly flights between Doha and Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.