Over the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us just how quickly our lives can change within the space of a few days. Last Wednesday, THENSA held a virtual meeting for our International Tourism, Research and Training Cluster, where participants from our member institutions, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology(GMIT) in Ireland, as well as the Department of Tourism and Irish Embassy in South Africa, discussed some of the challenges facing our tourism sector with the intention of protecting and growing this crucial industry. However, not too long after this meeting, the discovery of the Omicron variant by South Africa’s top epidemiologists sent the world into a panic, as many countries in the Global North banned travel to and from South Africa and other southern African nations.

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