That's the opinion of tourism experts who have studied draft amendments to immigration regulations published by the Department of Home Affairs earlier this month. The amendments were made after the tourism industry called for the scrapping of the requirement for children under the age of 18 to travel with an unabridged birth certificate. The draft amendment now says where a parent or parents, from a visa-exempt country, who is or are travelling with a child, such parent or parents \u201cmay be required by an immigration officer to produce the child\u2019s unabridged birth certificate upon admission into or departure from the Republic\u2026\u201d It also states that \u201can immigration official may refuse a child admission or departure from South Africa if they do not produce the certificate on request\u201d. This - the tourism industry is saying is helping them at all as tourism numbers have continued to fall since these regulations - supposedly to kerb child trafficking - has been put in place. ToursimUpdate.co.ca quotes David Frost, Satsa CEO, as saying he is exasperated with the draft amendments. \u201cOnce again Home Affairs treats the tourism sector with utter contempt,\u201d he said. \u201cWe have exhausted all possible means of reasoned dialogue and persuasion.\u201d According to Frost, one last resort for the industry may be to consider a legal challenge. However, he stresses that this would be a last resort. During South Africa\u2019s peak season, The Independent newspaper in the UK reported that between 10 and 20 families per day were being denied boarding to South Africa at Heathrow. The requirement has cost South Africa billions in lost tourism revenue, according to a report by Grant Thornton. Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (Barsa) CEO, June Crawford, said her organisation would continue to advise its members to ensure that travellers under the age of 18 travelled with an unabridged birth certificate. She says that under the draft amendments, there was the possibility of an immigration official denying entry to a minor who failed to produce the unabridged birth certificate. Airlines would then have to carry the costs of repatriation.