Change of date for INDABA 2017

Next year’s Tourism INDABA will be held from the 16 to 18 May.  This follows the announcement of the exciting news that a large-scale global event that will positively impact the South African tourism industry will take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban on the same week that South African Tourism had announced for INDABA 2017.

This date change takes this event into consideration and the feedback received from key exhibitors and industry captains on how INDABA could be enhanced.

The most notable element about the date change is that this iconic trade show will now be held from Tuesday to Thursday as opposed to the traditional Mother’s Day weekend. This was informed partly by the input received from consultations with industry including the fact that the international norm is that trade shows take place during the week.

“INDABA is about collaborations and partnerships which are key ingredients to ensuring its success. We have always made a firm commitment that we value input from the greater tourism industry and that we will do our best to make changes to the show to benefit everyone,” says Acting Chief Executive Officer at South African Tourism, Sthembiso Dlamini.

Whilst plans are still underway, a few more changes to the show will be announced in due course. These will include communication on an enhanced hosted buyer programmes, and an event calendar tailored to allow time for exhibitors and buyers to do business and optimise networking opportunities.

“We have received many comments and suggestions from the trade on almost every aspect of INDABA and the changes to be implemented from next year onwards are a direct response to those.  The aim is not only to make sure that INDABA remains as optimally beneficial as possible for the industry, but also that it continues to be the best business networking meeting for the exhibitors and for buyers who want to do business with our destination.  We want to have as much industry participation as possible so that we can showcase the diversity and variety of both South Africa and the rest our continent’s offering,” adds Dlamini

South African Tourism and its partners are already hard at work planning Tourism INDABA 2017. For more information on the show

Ekurhuleni Tourism Conference 13 -14 September 2016

The City of Ekurhuleni invites you to the inaugural Ekurhuleni Tourism Conference. The Conference deliberations will be around the theme “Why Tourism Matters in Ekurhuleni’’. The conference will provide a platform for public and private sector stakeholders, as well EMM leadership.

Conference Details:

Date: 13 – 14 September 2016
Venue: The Lakes Hotel and Conference Centre [Directions]


08h00 – 17h00

Why Tourism Matters in Ekurhuleni

Accept invitation: Please complete the Online RSVP Form by Friday  02 September 2016.

Networking Session:

Date: 13 September 2016
Venue: The Lakes Hotel and Conference Centre [Directions]
Time: 18h00 – 21h00
Dress Code: Wear something colourful and Spring in2 Summer with us!!

2016 CITM China invitation

SATSA members either product or operators to participate on the SA Tourism stand in Shanghai at CITM. We only have 2 tables left on the SA Tourism stand and I believe that this is one of the best platforms to showcase what they have to the Chinese leisure market, which is now growing at an incredible rate. Please advise if you could please share this info with your members that might be interested in attending.

The show will take place from the 11th – 13th November 2016.

The participation cost on the stand will be RMB 19,500 excluding your own travel and accommodation costs, which will be for your account.

Click here to view the official brochure

SA tourism will be responsible for the stand build and decoration costs.

Save the date: JAMMS 2016 - 17 August

The Joint Association Members Meeting Sessions (JAMMS) is the strategic partnership between Cape Town Tourism, FEDHASA Cape, SAACI Western Cape and SATSA Western Cape, bringing quality speakers and the latest information to their respective members at one event.

The topic will be ‘Transformation – Striving Towards Inclusive Growth in the Tourism & Meetings Industry’, where a panel of experts will discuss shortfalls and opportunities in areas of transformation.

Date: Wednesday, 17th August 2016
Time: 14H30 – 17H00
Venue: NH The Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West

Please REGISTER your attendance by clicking on the link below –
No later than 12th August 2016 at 12h00

What to look forward to? Insightful guest speakers, panel and interactive round-table discussions to share your stories, an exciting raffle and the opportunity to network with guests and speakers.

The exciting programme of events consists of:

      • Ms Sa Ngidi: Chief Director Policy Development & Evaluation, National Department of Tourism – setting the scene and enlightening us on the new Tourism BBB-EE Charter & Codes
      • Representative from Dept. of Economic Development & Tourism, Western Cape – on a more local perspective, informing us about the exciting programs within Project Khulisa and giving members some practical ways in how to get involved
      • Brett Hendricks, GM Thebe Tourism Group – ‘Celebrating 15 Years of Transformation’.

*For those who wish to stay overnight, herewith some special rates offered by NH The Lord Charles Hotel:

Standard Single Room: R835.00 per night (B&B)
Standard Twin/Double: R517,50 per person per night (B&B)
(All rates Incl. of VAT).
For bookings, please contact: 021 855 1040 / & quote JAMMS event.

SATSA year-end invitation 2016

Dear Members,

SATSA’s year-end function is scheduled to take place on November 11, 2016 at the Chief’s Boma Restaurant, Indaba Hotel from 18h30-19h00.

As usual we need those great raffle prizes in order to raise fund for our Rainbows and Smiles Charity.

If you are interested in sponsoring prizes contact with the prize details.

SATSA year-end

Thank you!

New fund to protect SA’s most important tourism resource

For Southern Africa’s tourism industry to survive, it has to play a more proactive role in addressing the issues that are threatening its key resource: wildlife. SATSA, in partnership with Peace Parks, will launch a Tourism Conservation Fund in the last quarter of the year, providing the industry with a way to intervene at scale.

This was the message from a panel of conservation experts who addressed the 250 attendees of the sustainability-themed SATSA Conference which took place from 21 – 23 July, 2016 at Pine Lake Inn, White River.

Yolan Friedmann, CEO of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, said the methodologies that the conservation industry had employed for the last 40 years are not going to help us tackle the problems we face today. “We need to bring together the conservation and tourism sectors as a unified, powerful lobbying voice as we’re not currently supporting each other enough. This Fund will give us that voice.”

She pointed out that there can be no conservation solution without the involvement of communities. This was echoed by the CEO of Kruger National Park, Glenn Phillips, who pointed out that it’s impossible to win the rhino poaching war in the bush, “we have to win it in the communities,” he said.

Brad Poole, Programme Manager for the Peace Parks Foundation says the paperwork for the registration of the Fund is in process. “The next step will be the appointment of a board of directors, which will kick start the next steps, including branding marketing and the establishment of the management structures. At that point, it will be up to tourism companies to subscribe and start channelling much-needed resources into the Fund,” he added.

The Tourism Conservation Fund will take the form of a voluntary donation, with the concomitant tax benefits that come along with that ensuring that contributions will not affect companies’ margins.

David Frost, CEO of SATSA, said: There are a lot of well-meaning initiatives around, but they aren’t making a dent. It is incumbent on us to step into this position and put our money where our mouth is.”

Minister Hanekom provides an update on unabridged birth certificates

Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, provided attendees of the SATSA Conference with some further details on the department’s efforts to implement Cabinet’s recommended amendments to South Africa’s controversial visa regulations.

While progress has been made in terms of dropping the in-person visa application requirement, particularly in India and China, the unabridged birth certificate requirement remains in effect for travellers from visa-exempt countries.

He explained that according to the Immigration Act, the gazetted recommendations could only be changed by a regulation board. Unfortunately, this board was not in place until recently, but now that it has been appointed, the department has been able to begin the process of formulating the amendments to the regulations.

Minister Hanekom also advised that that the regulations will be amended to include a “strong advisory note” stating that travellers with children should be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate, as in the event of any suspicion, they will need to be able to prove the relationship between themselves and the child they are travelling with.

NPTR Announcement - tourism industry feedback required

As you will know SATSA has been at the forefront of communications with the Department of Transport to find a solution to the Road Transport Permit / Operating Licence issues that have plagued the tourism industry.

The good news is that the establishment of the National Public Transport Regulator (NPTR) was gazetted on the 01st of July 2016. We were honoured to have Mr Jits Patel, Chief Director – Public Transport Regulation, attend and speak at the SATSA conference last week where he explained the separation of tourism transport from general public transport. The NPTR will be operational as of 29 July 2016 and all Operating Licence applications, renewals or transfers should be made directly to them. Applications currently in process with the Provincial Regulatory Entities will remain with them to be finalised.

In March 2016 SATSA participated in a joint workshop to understand the NPTR process and to give input (together with selected SATSA transport members) into the first draft accreditation criteria. Last week SATSA received the revised draft criteria and we are now in a position to share this with all SATSA members for input. Please click here to access the criteria and click here to access the Q&A document developed by the NPTR. This is an opportunity for the tourism industry to give input into the criteria to ensure minimal marginalisation. Please forward your input, numbered as per the guideline, to by no later than close of business 5 August 2016.

We are expecting this new process to bring a new set of challenges and therefore as SATSA we will continue a close relationship with the NPTR to represent the interests of our members.

Women in Tourism 2016 Conference

From August 24-26, Nkayelo Training and Conferencing will host the Women in Tourism Conference at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg.

The conference will aim to bring together industry leaders, employees and studens in an effort to promote leadership excellence among women in tourism management industries.

Topics of discussion will include:

• Introduction to tourism
• Exploring the ways in which the tourism sector can improve economic conditions for women
• Harnesssing cooperation and coordination amongst all stakeholders
• Proper maintenance of operators tourism infrastructure
• Action plan to empower women through tourism
• Share experiences and networking opportunities to develop women in tourism
• Research gaps, looking at linkages and leakages in tourism sustainability
• Tourism sustainability plan-practical case study
• Providing adequate training, education and awarness
• Implementation of a multi-stakeholder task force
• Analysing all measures discriminating women against taking part in the tourism industry
• Harnessing the possibilities of forming profitable and sustainable partnerships as women
• Women in the driving seat.

For more details on the conference click here

Low risk of malaria in South Africa, June to August 2016  

There is currently no increase in the number of malaria cases in the lowveld areas of Mpumalanga Province around and within the Kruger National Park, in contrast to recent media reports.  The number of malaria cases reported has in fact been lower during the period May and June 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015, probably as a consequence of the drought.

Malaria is a parasitic disease transmitted by certain mosquitoes in the malaria risk areas in South Africa – the far north of KwaZulu-Natal Province bordering Mozambique, the lowveld areas of Mpumalanga Province including the Kruger National Park but excluding Nelspruit and White River, and the north-eastern parts of Limpopo Province (see map).

Typically, malaria infections decrease in the South African winter due to changes in the environment that are not favorable for the mosquitoes. This period is known as the low season and extends from June to the end of August. Residents and visitors/tourists to the malaria-risk areas must, however, continue to be beware of malaria.  The low season does not mean one cannot get malaria, but the risks are much lower.

Measures to avoid mosquito bites are the mainstay of malaria prevention and should be emphasised at all times, including the low season. Malaria-transmitting mosquitoes feed at night; therefore people should ideally remain indoors from dusk until dawn, in rooms that have screens on the windows and doors. The use of DEET-containing insect repellants to exposed areas of the body from dusk to dawn is advised. The use of drugs to prevent malaria is not routinely recommended in South Africa during the low-risk season.

The risk of malaria in Mozambique, particularly in the northern areas, is higher than in South Africa and there is a year-round risk, albeit somewhat lower during May- September as compared to the rest of the year. As well as mosquito prevention, drugs to prevent malaria may be considered for visitors to those parts.

Malaria typically presents with flu-like symptoms. Residents and visitors/tourists to malaria risk areas should seek medical assistance urgently should they develop fever, headache, cold shivers and hot sweats and muscle pains. These are typical symptoms of malaria but are also symptoms of flu, which is common at this time of the year. Malaria is commonly misdiagnosed as flu.  Malaria must always be tested for in any traveller to a malaria risk area with flu-like symptoms irrespective of the time of the year, whether the area is low- or high–risk, and irrespective of whether drugs to prevent malaria have been taken. Malaria treatment is highly effective if administered early in the course of the illness. Complications of malaria can develop very quickly and severe malaria is much more difficult to treat.

All inquiries can be directed to:

Nombuso Shabalala
Manager: Communications
Tel: 011 555 0545