DURBAN - SMALL KwaZulu-Natal towns have emerged as the major beneficiaries of the shutdown of international travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with many people looking to travel within the country, a recent study has revealed.
According to Cheapflights.co.za, a global flight search and travel deals website, Durban is rated third on the list of cities that travellers want to visit for leisure and business purposes.
“With the borders remaining closed due to the pandemic, and no clear sign of when international travel will be brought back, South Africans have taken this opportunity to explore new places a little closer to home,” said the report.
Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay and Margate were among the top five of the towns travellers were keen on visiting.
“We are delighted to see the interest in local travel among South Africans”, said Laure Bornet, the general manager at KAYAK EMEA, which manages Cheapflights, noting that South Africa had a lot to offer in terms of destinations with attractive nature and landmarks.
The data, she said, showed that prices for domestic flights this year were down by almost a fourth when compared to pre-Covid-19 times of 2019 which makes this the perfect time for exploring closer to home.”
While Hoedspruit in Limpopo and Upington in the Northern Cape occupied the first and second spot on the list respectively, KZN towns completed the top five, indicating how the province remained a favourite among travellers.
The trends, according to the research, show that although travel in general is not yet where it was before, there is hope for the recovery of the domestic travel and tourism industry.