Thousands of tourists planning to visit Africa have been put off because of fears over the spread of Ebola, costing the economy millions of pounds in lost income, tour operators have said.
Even countries thousands of miles away from the outbreak, such as Kenya and South Africa, have seen a surge in the number of cancellations and postponements since the latest outbreak of the virus.
Hannes Boshoff, managing director at Johannesburg-based ERM Tours, said around 80 per cent of his customers from Asia had cancelled trips booked for the next three months.
That includes one trip for 1,500 Thai delegates costing hundreds of thousands of pounds alone.
A lot of consumers just see Africa. They see it as one country. I try to tell people that Europe and America are closer to the Ebola outbreak than South Africa.
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