Halaal Tourism opportunities in SA

A great presentation from Shezaad Gani from Travel Juice at the Garden Route Chapter. It was short and sharp and to the point.

Download the presentation here

Cabinet approves amendments to foreign minor immigration regulations

Over three years of tireless lobbying by SATSA and our industry partners to lessen the burden of onerous immigration regulations may be gaining impetus. Cabinet this morning announced it would be introducing amendments to regulations applying to foreign minors travelling to South Africa.

While details about these amendments have yet to be released, we believe these will be gazetted in October, along with the finalisation of visa requirements for certain countries.
This follows a joint report from the Ministers of Home Affairs and tourism respectively, on a number of visa-related reforms which will make it easier for tourists, business people and academia to come to South Africa.

SATSA is awaiting clarification on what this means in practice, and will communicate details as soon as these have been confirmed and are clear.

Updated invitation to South African Tourism’s Middle East and Turkey Roadshow – Date change

Dear SATSA Members

As a follow-up to our June 2018 communication regarding the “SAVE THE DATE” for the ‘Learn SA’ Middle East Roadshow, South African Tourism has been informed that there will be a South African Heads of Mission Conference that will take place in South Africa over the same period. This means that they have to consider alternative dates for the Roadshow.

Due to this unforeseen development, the new dates for the ‘Learn SA’ Middle East Roadshow will be from 17 – 27 November 2018 in Iran (Tehran); UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi); Kuwait (Kuwait City) and Saudi Arabia (Jeddah). Dates include travel days with the actual event starting in Iran on 19 November and ending in Jeddah on 26 November.

South African Tourism received an overwhelming response for participation in the Roadshow, however, space is limited to only 25 exhibitors that will be segmented into tour operators, accommodation establishments and experiences.

In line with the South African Tourism’s strategy for the Middle East region, preference will be given to exhibitors who meet the following criteria:

  1. Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprise (SMME) emerging businesses that are currently investing in the market
  2. Exhibitors who offer Muslim-friendly packages and are able to demonstrate that the offerings take into account the basic faith based needs of these specific markets
  3. Exhibitors that offer experiences should have a minimum of three experiences to offer on the Roadshow
  4. Exhibitors should demonstrate that their offerings align to South African Tourism’s strategy which is clear regarding the inclusion of geographical spread within South Africa. While this is not a pre-requisite, it would be advantageous

South African Tourism will not charge a participation fee, however the cost of flights, accommodation, visas and land transfers will be for the exhibitor’s own expense. Estimated costs of flights and accommodation will be approximately R 35,000.00.

Exhibitors wishing to attend the Roadshow will need to provide the following:

  • A CIPC certificate with proof of rights to use trade names (if different from the registered business name)
  • Tax Certificate
  • Third Party insurance compliance
  • Proof that you belong to an association and from your local provincial authority that you are a registered tourism partner. You may also provide the latest verified certification as this will be accepted

Please indicate your interest, together with the required documents and a motivation based on the criteria to Sharon@satsa.co.za by no later than 30 September 2018.

For more information or any queries to joining the South African Tourism’s ‘Learn SA’ Middle East Roadshows, please contact Sadiq Dindar at sadiq@southafrica.net

We look forward to hearing from you.

Hannelie du Toit
Chief Operating Officer
Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA)


Calling all local buyers/consultants to participate in the Garden Route Mega Fam

Dear SATSA Members,

You are invited to discover the hidden gems or the Western Cape’s Garden Route and Klein Karoo.

The SATSA Garden Route Chapter, in partnership with Wesgro, has put together exciting itineraries to uncover the lesser-known experiences of this region. We want you to familiarise yourself with this beautiful area and keep it top of mind when your clients book their December holidays.

When: 11-14 October 2018
What: All flights, accommodation, transport and meals will be covered by Wesgro and SATSA.
Offical Invitation: Click here

Click here to apply and complete your application form by no later than 24 September 2018.
Spaces are limited!

Yours in travel,
David Frost (CEO SATSA) and Judy Lain (CMO Wesgro)

Interested in joining Tourism KwaZulu-Natal’s post-WTM Irish Roadshow?

Dear SATSA KZN Members,

If you will be travelling to Europe around the time of WTM London this year, and would be interested in joining Tourism KwaZulu-Natal on an Irish Roadshow, potentially scheduled for Dublin on 8 November and Cork on 9 November, could you please indicate your availability and interest in participating here, on or before 13:00pm Friday 21 September 2018.

The aim of the Roadshow will be to highlight the tourism offering in KwaZulu-Natal , especially in light of the direct flight from London.

Please note that the Roadshow has not been confirmed yet, and we are awaiting details regarding possible costs.

Many thanks,
Graeme Watson

Mpumalanga SATSA Chapter meeting

We are excited to invite you to our next SATSA Chapter meeting. SATSA CEO, David Frost, will give an overview of SATSA’s current work & new developments and will also use the opportunity to start discussions with SATSA members on the protest actions that are plaguing the area. This will be in preparation for a potential meeting with the Minister of Tourism the following day.

Meeting Details:

Date: 5th October (Friday) 2018
Time: 15:00 – 16:00 followed by networking drinks
Venue: Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel, Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, R40, White River
RSVP: Sharon Gengan – sharon@satsa.co.za or 011 886 9996 by 3 October 2018

Draft Agenda:

14:30 – 15:00 = Registration
15:00 – 15:10 = Welcome, Attendance and Apologies
15:10 – 15:12 = Confirmation of Agenda
15:12 – 15:15 = Minutes of Previous Meeting
15:15 – 16:15 = SATSA Update & New Developments, including discussions on protest actions
16:15 – 16:25 = Other Matters
16:25 – 16:30 = Next Meeting
16:30 Onwards = Closing and networking drinks

Should there be any items you would like to add to the agenda, please send through your suggestions to Melissa Brockmann at reservations@vulatours.co.za.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Melissa Brockmann
SATSA Mpumalanga Secretary
Tel: +27 013 741 2238
Cell: +27 82 903 3481

Western Cape Chapter Meeting and Networking Event

We are pleased to extend a warm invitation to attend the Western Cape Chapter Meeting and Networking Event as follows:

Date: Thursday 27th September 2018
Time: 14h30 (Registration) Meeting will commence at 15h00 until 17h00
Venue: Nelson Mandela Gateway, Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront

There will be a presentation on the Robben Island Trade Partnership Strategy and a Demo of the exciting new Trade Booking Portal.

SATSA’s CEO, David Frost, and COO, Hannelie du Toit, will both be in attendance and would love to spend some time catching up with Western Cape Members after the meeting at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel, Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront.

RSVP: Please confirm attendance to Sharon@satsa.co.za by no later than Tuesday 25th September 2018.

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Travel Fridays

South African Tourism is inviting you, as a valued Tourism business and service provider, to partner with them as they intensify efforts to market South Africa to the world!

On the 28th of September 2018, they are opening their doors to Tourism business and service providers ranging from tour operators, hotel groups, bed & breakfast establishments and any other Tourism experiences for an opportunity to engage with various South African Tourism team members and to present and educate them about your products and services.

South African Tourism value partnerships and collaborations highly. Accordingly they are very excited about this initiative where they will get to connect with you.

This engagement is to ensure that their teams are exposed to an even bigger range of South African products, and are therefore fully equipped when selling South Africa both domestically and internationally.

The following time slots on the 28th of September 2018 are available:

09:00 – 09:30
09:30 – 10:00
10:00 – 10:30
10:30 – 11:00
11:00 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:00

Please click here to read the frequently asked questions, that covers the event.

For more information on this initiative and to secure your space please email: brandexperience@southafrica.net by no later than the 14th of September 2018 as space is limited.

Click here for directions to their office.

Invitation: Workshop on investment opportunities and constraints in the Tourism Sector

Dear Member,

You are invited to attend a workshop on 28 September 2018 hosted by the Department of Tourism to discuss investment opportunities and constraints in the Tourism Sector.

Click here to see the draft programme.
Date: 28 September
Venue: TBA
RSVP: Sthembiso Mthethwa (011 444 6404) or Phumlani Mfenyana (011 444 6749)

The department further invites companies/organisations to submit bankable tourism projects requiring government intervention in attracting investment, to be considered for presentation at the upcoming President’s Investment Summit in October 2018.

Interested Parties may submit their projects using this Abridged Tourism Information Template, on or before the 14th September 2018.

Want your product to be visible to global agents year-round?

Gain access to a global travel agent community without moving an inch from your desk.
SATSA has secured a generous discount for its members to participate in Travel Expo 365 – an online marketing platform which reaches 104,000 qualified travel agents globally.

Click here to request an online demonstration.

What is Travel Expo 365?

Travel Expo 365 is an engaging online marketing platform driving revenues and increasing profitability for travel companies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The platform delivers global visibility and a global reach to 104,000 qualified agents, many of whom have not yet visited traditional travel trade exhibitions.

Click Here to Watch the Travel Expo 365 video

Click Here to Summary of the Travel Agent Breakdown by Market Share

Click Here to Review of the Travel Expo 365 Platform Features and Functionality

What does the Travel 365-SATSA partnership mean for members?

SATSA has partnered with Travel Expo 365 to provide SATSA members with stands in the SATSA Hall. SATSA will run a number of global promotion events throughout the year to promote the membership to the Travel Expo 365 agent community.

A stand at Travel Expo 365 is available 24/7, 365 days a year and includes:

  • Face-to-face meetings with delegates
  • Your stand is never offline
  • Attendees have their own event bag to download collateral
  • Data Capture and your own analytics
  • Text Chats, audio or video chats for 1-to-1 online meetings

What will Travel Expo 365 do for your business?:

  • Generate new business – spend more time with existing clients, network, improve product knowledge, learn about the latest industry developments.
  • Showcase your product – reach more buyers globally, instant notifications.
  • Be Exclusive, Engaged and Operational – easy set-up, sign up once and pay once for the year, enhance your marketing and sales, update your marketing collateral as often as you wish, remain relevant to buyers.
  • Manage your Content – Curate and manage your own video channel content online, interactive schedule of events, presentations, product development and discussions, webinar presentations, showcase featured content on behalf of sponsors or partners.

Click here to request an online demonstration.