Daily Archives: April 30, 2019

Reminder of SATSA Chapter AGMs

Thank you to those members who have already shown interested in the SATSA Chapter AGMs. Those who have missed the emails, please remember to RSVP your attendance for the below Chapter AGMs to Sharon@satsa.co.za. The meetings are open to any SATSA member, so if you find yourself in a different province during the meeting, you are welcome to attend.

The purpose of these meetings is to provide an update on the work of SATSA during the past year and to elect and/or confirm Chapter Committee members.

We are also honoured to have Hanneli Slabber from South African Tourism who will provide a Target Market education workshop. This will cover the Middle East, Turkey, China, Japan, South East Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand and the topics will include an overview of the county, how South Africa is performing, who is booking and how what they do during the visits, what SAT’s marketing plans are and how the industry can get involved.

Dates and Venues

Chapter Name Meeting Date Town Venue Start Time End Time
Limpopo 31-May Polokwane Limpopo Guest Manor 10:00 15:00
Garden Route 04-Jun Knysna Knysna Hollow 12:00 16:30
Mpumalanga 06-Jun Skukuza Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre 10:00 17:00
KwaZulu-Natal 07-Jun Durban Beverly Hills Hotel 12:00 17:00
Eastern Cape 10-Jun Addo Main Camp, Addo Elephant National Park 10:00 17:00
Gauteng 12-Jun Johannesburg The Houghton Hotel, “The Venue” 12:00 16:30
Western Cape 14-Jun Cape Town The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel 12:00 16:30

Looking forward to see you there!

Invitation: Launch of new Tourism Data Portal

Join Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, as he unveils Jurni.

Find out more about South Africa’s hottest new Tourism Data portal, inspired by and developed by the entire tourism industry.

The event will take place on Thursday 2 May at 14h00 at the ICC Durban, South Foyer.

The launch will be followed by a short press conference where media and trade partners can ask questions about the new innovative data hub that will transform South Africa’s tourism industry.

Freedom Route tours in Pmb & Howick

African Link Travel will be promoting daily scheduled Freedom Route Tours at Indaba.

Tours will be departing at 10h00 from the Pietermaritzburg Tourism Hub to the following area:

1. Pietermaritzburg Railway Station
2. The Old Prison
3. Manaye Hall
4. Mandela Capture Site

This area is Holy Ground for Democracy globally as these iconic places tell the story of Gandhi and Mandela.

Click here to view the full itinerary.

Travelife Training Workshops

Fair Trade Tourism will be hosting Travelife Training for Tour Operators.

The workshops are aimed at encouraging a more sustainable tourism sector, and to close the loop between sustainable buyers and sellers. It is a hugely beneficial workshop for tour operators to attend.

The event is subsidised by Travelife and therefore free to attend. We will be going through what is included in the Travelife membership programme, and how tour operators can leverage it to build stronger business operations. We will also be touching on what sustainability means as a tour operator, how you can achieve it, and why it is important.

We are hosting 2 events, on in Joburg, and the other in Cape Town.


Date: Monday, 13 May 2019
Time: 09h00 – 13h30
Venue: Hotel Verde, 15 Michigan St, Airport Industria

The Johannesburg date will be confirmed.

RSVP to sales@fairtrade.travel

Discounted registration for the Africa World Tourism Conference

The Africa Tourism Association (ATA) is delighted to offer SATSA members a discounted registration for the Africa World Tourism Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa on 22nd July – 26th July 2019.

This event is hosted by Africa Tourism Association (ATA), in partnership with South Africa Tourism, and will attract African leaders, international investors, industry stakeholders, and travel professionals. This year the focus is on the opportunities tourism can bring to African economies – how tourism can spur economic growth and job creation across the continent. It will also highlight the innovative business models, new technologies and strategic partnerships growing the sector, and recognise the countries and businesses leading the way in sustainable tourism.

The discounted amount for SATSA is higher at 15% off EARLY BIRD RATE and then 25% off normal rate from 1 May.

The event includes a special programme aimed at tour operators and travel agents, offering capacity building, multiple opportunities to experience South African tours and hospitality, meet and network with key people, liaise with media and gain vital insight on how to sell Africa to your clients.

View the Conference Programme

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If you are interested in having your product promoted as pre-post tour options for conference delegates, please contact the planning team at conference@ataww.org.

Register Now

Please use the code – SATSA – to register via https://www.worldtoafrica.org with a discounted rate!

**Please note that there is a limited number of the “Early Bird” discounted tickets available and they need to be booked by 30th April. Other tickets can be purchased on discounted rate until late July.


Submit your comments on the Tourism Amendment Draft Bill

Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom has invited tourism stakeholders and the public to comment on the recently published Tourism Amendment Draft Bill. This allows for tourism stakeholders and citizens to participate in the drafting of tourism legislation.

The Tourism Act, 2014 remains the legislative framework for the management and growth of tourism. It aims for the development and promotion of sustainable tourism for the benefit of the country and the enjoyment of its citizens and visitors. In addition, it provides for marketing of the country as a tourist destination and the promotion of quality products and services.

The purpose of the Tourism Amendment Draft Bill is to amend the Tourism Act, 2014 so as to provide:

  • For the alignment of the governance of the South African Tourism Board;
  • For the implementation of the grading system of South African Tourism;
  • For the competence requirements of tourists guides; and
  • For the determination on the threshold for short-term dwelling rentals.

SATSA is working through the TBCSA to compile official industry response. Members are welcome to send suggestions to Hannelie@satsa.co.za or submit directly to Department of Tourism as follows:

The Director General, Department of Tourism, Private Bag X424, Pretoria, 0001

Attention: Ms M.M. Setwaba

By hand: Ground Floor (Reception), Tourism House, 17 Trevenna Street, Sunnyside

By email: msetwaba@tourism.gov.za

A wrap of WTM Africa 2019

World Travel Market (WTM) Africa 2019 opened on 10 April with thousands of travel professionals visiting from across the globe to attend the leading event for the travel industry in Africa.

It is estimated that nearly 5880 travel industry professionals attend Africa’s leading and only business to business (B2B) exhibition for inbound and outbound Africa travel and tourism markets.
Cape Town’s MAYCO member for economic opportunities and asset management, Alderman James Vos was quoted by IOL saying that, “Statistics have revealed that a phenomenal $410-million (R5.7 billion) was generated over the three days of business on site last year and all indications are that the potential for this year’s show is even more promising”.
The economic spin-offs from events generate a ripple effect of job creation during and after events. Additionally, the increased visitor spend hold enormous benefits for Cape Town.

The final day of WTM Africa 2019 focused on digital trends and technology in tourism. The Travel Forward with E-Tourism Africa Seminar was facilitated by E-Tourism Frontiers Digital business leader Mavin Waganda.

Launched in London in November 2018, Travel Forward focusses on future-proofing travel businesses in the digital age, helping ensure relevance and improving revenue-generating opportunities.

During Waganda’s opening presentation, he discussed ways to cut through digital messaging clutter, citing the example of consumers’ increasing role in influencing the quality of content they consume and an inclination towards working with micro-influencers, because of the way they attract genuine engagement.

Deputy Director General: Economic Operations, Western Cape Government, Rashid Toefy, moderated a panel discussion at the inaugural African Tourism Investment Summit on public-private partnerships in tourism infrastructure development, featuring AfriCatalysts CEO Dumi Jere; Chairman & Founder of Mantis Group, Adrian Gardner; National Basketball Association Africa Vice-President & MD Amadou Fall and SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni.

Decorex Cape Town 2019

Running over five days at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, you’ll see the finest concepts and products from a collection of expertly curated designers and manufacturers.

The African continent is positioning itself as a global style icon, fusing the influences of international trend-makers with the unique colour and vibrancy that characterises its people and cultures. The impact of this colourful continent on the 2019 lifestyle trends will be brought home through the features and products showcasing at Africa’s biggest décor and design exhibition – Decorex SA. Consisting of Decorex Durban, Decorex Cape Town and Decorex Joburg, this year’s much-anticipated theme ‘Designing for Africa – feels like home’ encapsulates the re-birth of the African style powerhouse.

For more information, click here.