The Association of Southern African Travel Agents wants consumers to be wary of fake travel news, in light of a false #TrumpBan article gone viral.
The article in question has been widely shared across social media over the past day or so, and claims that US President Donald Trump has waived all visa requirements for South Africans wishing to the USA.
The article comes amid Trump’s travel ban, whereby he has attempted to temporarily halt the immigration of certain nationalities of people to the USA.
As of now, the ban has been blocked by US legislative authorities, with judges calling it unconstitutional, among other things.
The US Consulate in South Africa has confirmed that the article is a hoax, and ASATA wants readers to remain on the lookout for more fake news.
“There are ways in which to spot whether a story is fake from the outset and we would advise travellers to use these tried and trusted methods before assuming that the report they have read is true,” says ASATA CEO Otto de Vries.
A handy article on how to deal with fake news can be found