Eswatini could be the safest country to visit this festive season

Posted by Adrian Brown on 25 November 2020

Eswatini has received a safe travel stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and is geared to welcome an influx of tourists.

Those who yearn for the royal African experience, and to explore the country and discover its unparalleled scenery, wildlife, adventure, flora, and fauna are welcome to visit the Kingdom this festive season.

Guided by strict health and safety protocols, tourists will be able to use any of the open five ports of entry into the Kingdom. Eswatini’s borders are also equipped with testing capabilities for those entering the country, producing test results within minutes.

Eswatini Tourism is currently offering special discounts on most packages and tourists are encouraged to take advantage of this.

As part of its #AWonderAwaits campaign, the Eswatini Tourism Authority has been engaging with hotels, lodges, and activity operators in the country to offer discounted rates to encourage as much tourism as possible to help recover losses caused by COVID-19.

Eswatini Tourism Authority (ETA) was awarded the Safer Tourism Seal by World Tourism Network (WTN). The country has worked closely with World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations (UN) as well as the Ministry of Health and the tourism industry at large to establish a robust set of protocols and health and safety guidelines which are being strictly adhered to by the tourism industry in the country.

Endorsed by WHO and the UN, these protocols set out to ensure that all visitors to the country can travel as safely as possible and with minimum risk from COVID-19. Eswatini became the first country in southern Africa to receive the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp of approval and ETA is now rolling out that Stamp across the industry within Eswatini.

The Eswatini Tourism Authority has shown how seriously it takes the safety of tourists as well as citizens by taking all available steps to ensure that Eswatini can be visited and enjoyed as safely as possible this festive season.

‘I am pleased that the industry has responded positively and is offering specials that give up to 50% discounts on standard rates. These specials include accommodation, meals, and a variety of activities across the country.

Tourism plays an important role in the country’s economy and supports local communities. It remains a vital pillar and key contributor to the economy of Eswatini. We can confidently say that the Kingdom is well-positioned to manage the number of infections and can provide sufficient treatment for those who have COVID-19 symptoms,’ says the Minister of Tourism Moses Vilakati.

‘We want to encourage tourists from far and near to come and experience one of the few remaining monarchies in Africa, a true cultural gem. Eswatini remains one of Lonely Planet’s top destinations to visit in 2020. We have a deep and rich culture that is embedded in our everyday lives. Furthermore, our stunning scenery and wildlife reserves across the country will ensure that you have an unforgettable experience.,’ added Vilakati.

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