China’s ban on outbound tour groups to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus is a major blow to SA’s tourism sector at a time when the industry is starting to get back on its feet, local officials said on Wednesday.

Tourism is regarded as one of the “holy grail sectors” with the potential to pull SA out of its economic malaise.

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