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Cameroon: Tourism to be Re-launched After COVID-19 Halt
Category :- Environment Author :- N Gelmin S 
Posted on September 22, 2020, 12:38 pm
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Government is planning to re-launch the tourism and travel industry after the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted. The final decision to this will be disclosed after a meeting that will be held by tourism officials with the Prime Minister on September 29th, 2020.

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According to a letter sent by the secretary-general at the Cameroonian Prime minister’s office on September 9th, 2020 to the president of the Association of Private Tourism Agency (APTAC), the meeting will be to reflect on the best strategy for the re-launch of the tourism sector.

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Official reports say since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic I Cameroon, the tourism sector has been the most affected due to a halt in activities as travelling was in an out of the country.  

Estimates published by the National Institute for Statistics in Cameroon show that between April and May 2020, 71 percent of the jobs affected  either by reduction of work hours, job losses, as well as temporary lay-offs, were in the lodging and recreation sectors.

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About travelling, airlines were the most affected as a result of border closures, which are still in force despite the governments granting authorization to some companies to operate commercial flights.

Despite the support given by government to some companies affected by the pandemic, including the exemption of stay tax in hotels for the last three quarters of 2020, available data shows that this made no visible impact on the concerned hotels.

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Cash inflow in facilities and sites that use to harbor tourists have witnessed a drop because, since the start of the pandemic, clients have shy away from public places for fear of contacting the virus.

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