Once vibrant tourism industry pleads with Zuma to remove new visa regulations

The tourism sector held a joint press briefing today themed “Enough is Enough’’.

They say the economy is suffering devastating losses as a result of the new visa regulations.

Thousands of jobs are on the line.

They are calling for President Jacob Zuma to remove the legislation.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed David Frost, CEO of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

We’ve been tracking this data since the crisis unfolded.

David Frost, CEO of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association

There is not a single biometric reader in place. It’s completely ludicrous.

David Frost, CEO of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association

Up until May there was an increase in foreign families travelling to South Africa. Then came the new regulations and the resultant dive in these families coming here.

David Frost, CEO of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association

We have many case studies and major research proving the dire consequences to the industry from these regulations.

David Frost, CEO of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association

All cases of child trafficking happened via land borders, to which Home Affairs turn a blind eye.

David Frost, CEO of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association

Our competitor destinations are doing the exact opposite of us.

David Frost, CEO of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association

The jewellery industry has been decimated by the drop in tourism.

David Frost, CEO of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association

If this was the only solution to child trafficking we would absolutely support it. This is a blunt instrument.

David Frost, CEO of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association

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