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Register for the South African Tourism South East Asia Roadshow

You are invited to join South African Tourism who will be hosting a road show in Singapore and Malaysia as follows:

Monday – 30 July
17h30 -19h00: Cocktail function to promote South Africa as a MICE destination

Tuesday – 31 July
09h00 – 16h00: Learn SA
09h00 – 09h30: Registration
09h30 – 13h00: Learn SA – South African Tourism
13h00 – 14h00: Lunch
14h00 – 16h00: B2B round robin session
16h30               Departure airport
20h45               Depart for Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia Flight

Wednesday – 01 August
10h00 – 16h30: Learn SA – South African Tourism
10h00 – 10h30: Registration
13h00 – 14h00: Lunch
14h00 – 16h30: B2B round robin session and end with high tea/ cocktails post workshop

Registrations are open at no cost and exhibitors will only have to pay for their travel and accommodation cost. South African Tourism is currently working on getting accommodation rates and will provide these shortly.

There is space for 35 delegates, on first come first serve basis.

To register please email Alpa Jani on

Tourism and MICE Stakeholders join forces to upskill industry

The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) have joined forces with Africa Tourism Partners (ATP) and Grant Thornton to host a capacity building Business Tourism and MICE Masterclass course in Johannesburg from 13 to 15 June 2018.

The Masterclass will be structured in an action-learning format and aims to upskill African businesses, tourism and MICE professionals, practitioners, entrepreneurs and the youth.

“Each African country is a unique Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions (MICE) and events destination. Coupled with this, leading global incentive houses, renowned event organisers and corporates now have positive perceptions about the continent as African member states continue to successfully host more large-scale events and leading incentive programmes,” says Kwakye Donkor, the Chief Executive of ATP. “This means the growth prospects for the African business tourism and MICE industries are huge right now. In order to take advantage of this, we need to adopt a new, holistic and integrated approach to attract travellers and secure events, hence the need for this kind of Masterclass.”

The theme for the Masterclass is ‘Growing destination tourist arrivals through business and events tourism leadership development’. The event’s supporting partners (Grant Thornton, SAACI and SITE) provided input into the programme and will also participate in some of the sessions. “We believe that the course will give delegates a clear picture of what the African MICE tourism industry is (and is not), as well as impart all the essential practical knowledge and skills delegates need to be successful in their business roles,” says Rudi van der Vyver, SAACI CEO.

The event also affords delegates an opportunity to network and meet potential African partners. Attendees will include (but not be limited to) senior and upper level management in both the public and private sectors, from all facets of the MICE and tourism industry. These will include corporate and associate meeting planners, exhibition directors, convention centres and meeting venues, convention and visitor bureau representatives, tourism bodies, hoteliers, entrepreneurs and youth, across the entire MICE value and supply chain.

For more information or to register your attendance, please contact Thembi Mthembu on or +27 82 806 6251.

Understanding the National Tourism Sector Strategy: 2016-2026

The recently approved National Tourism Sector Strategy 2016-2026 (NTSS) marks a key milestone in the sector’s efforts of maximising the growth of the tourism economy.

The NTSS resulted from a two-year process of review of the initial strategy, which included an analysis of progress made since 2011 and major issues in the environment with an impact on tourism. Based on the comprehensive analysis of emerging issues and opportunities, it outlines the next steps in pursuing further sustainable and inclusive tourism growth. “Stakeholders were widely consulted in the process of the review and the valuable inputs received not only enriched the strategy but gave meaning to its outlook as a truly sector-wide endeavour,” says National Department of Tourism.

The strategy’s vision emphasises South Africa’s competitive edge in nature, culture and heritage to drive growth. The mission highlights partnerships, research and collaborative planning as channels to increase of the sector’s contribution to the overall economy. The vision and mission therefore take appropriate account of tourism’s competitive and complex nature and acknowledge collaboration as a critical component of any programmes to be undertaken.

A set of initial strategy action plans are identified in the NTSS 2016-2026. Initiatives identified are organised around five pillars namely Broad Based Benefits, Destination Management, Effective Marketing, Facilitating Ease of Access and Visitor Experience. The pillars define a set of supply and demand side interventions to be pursued under the new NTSS. These include initiatives related to transformation and enterprise development, tourism infrastructure development, targeted marketing, the regulatory environment, intermodal transport and bandwidth.

Workstreams per pillar will be established, in collaboration with all partners’ participation, and will facilitate the active implementation of the strategy by the sector.

Long term targets (2026) have been identified in line with World Travel and Tourism Council projections in respect of GDP contribution, jobs and export earnings. These will be updated annually. The action plans identify short term actions and targets and will be updated annually through the workstreams. Ongoing reporting and assessment of the implementation will be done quarterly through workstreams.

To view the approved NTSS, click here

Spotlight on Thula Thula – In the footsteps of the Elephant Whisperer

Safari Occasions offers a unique tour to Thula Thula, a private game reserve in the heart of Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal.

This 5-day safari takes you to the home of the world-renowned conservationist Lawrence Anthony, who was asked in 1999 to accept a troubled herd of elephants. Guests follow the famous herd of elephants, other wildlife and the different landmarks on the reserve where Lawrence and his wife Francoise, with extraordinary perseverance and sometimes dangerous encounters, have gained the trust of the elephants.

Cost of the package is R16 900 per person sharing, and includes accommodation at Thula Thula Tented Camp, as well as Thula Elephant Safari Lodge. The safari can accommodate a maximum of 8 pax per group and has the following 2018 departure dates confirmed:

• 16 – 22 July
• 11 – 16 August
• 26 September – 1 October

Lawrence sadly died of a heart attack on 2 March 2012. This tour pays tribute to a truly dedicated conservationist and the work he did, which his wife continues on the Thula Thula Game Reserve. Proceeds from this tour will be donated to the South African Conservation Fund.

To book or for more information on the package email:

Marketing and Sales Position Vacancy

Marine Dynamics Shark Tours/Dyer Island Cruises whale and eco tours has a vacancy for a suitable Marketing and Sales candidate.

The position is ideal for a mature candidate with experience in tourism marketing. Additional requirements include: drivers’ licence; versatile; a strong team player; well spoken; a good public speaker; have excellent presentation skills; good command of English and Afrikaans – spoken and written; and a good understanding of social media and online experience.

Some of the tasks include working with the managing director and marketing team in:
• securing and growth of business
• new business
• dealing with top agents, journalists and film crews
• handling advertising requests, and
• attending local and international shows

Candidate must be prepared to live in Gansbaai or Hermanus. Good salary package offered commensurate with experience. Marketing degree beneficial.

Send your CV to by 14 May 2018. Should you not hear from the company by the 20 May, your application has been unsuccessful.

For more detail on the position please click here

African Escapades

African Escapades is a boutique tourism company focusing on creating memorable holidays. Whilst our core focus is on creating holiday memories in Southern Africa, we have built a network of international partners which allows us to offer holidays abroad.

Our Vision:
To be your chosen partner for creating tailor-made holiday experiences.

Our Purpose:
To help create memorable travel experiences for you!

We know you plan your holidays to get a break from your everyday life, to have fun and share treasured times with loved ones, to create memories that will live on forever. Memories tinged with laughter and joy as you soak up the sun above the azure blue ocean and listen to the crashing of the white waves on the shore. Or maybe your escape is an adrenalin filled shark cage diving adventure. Perhaps it’s a serene getaway to be as one with nature and at peace with yourself watching a glorious sunset over the African bushveld. Or maybe it’s exploring new cities and getting lost between cobblestoned streets.

We know planning travel can be stressful and frustrating. You want someone who understands what you want from your trip. Someone who will make it all happen for you, hassle-free. Someone who will be more than a service provider but rather your trusted partner. Someone who will craft your bespoke travel experience. We want to be that someone.

Unblocking Obstacles and Maximising Opportunities

SATSA recently hosted a Western Cape Chapter Meeting at WTM Africa 2018.

In his presentation SATSA CEO, David Frost, unpacked what it means to unblock obstacles and ways to maximise opportunities in the tourism industry. To view the full presentation, click here.

Saffa Tours

Saffa Tours is a unique tour company that offers private, bespoke, tours. Whether you just want to cruise and explore or whether you want to get adventures and explore, we have it all. From exploring, surfing, hiking, and retreating, we will have you covered for an experience that suits you.

With your own personal tour guide and 4×4 SUV, we offer top quality, bespoke and comfortable experiences of the tip of Africa. Every tour will include an amazing array of delicious South African food and home brewed/distilled drinks for lunch in the heart of the African outdoors. The activities planned and the areas visited on the tours will be suited to exactly what you need and want. This will allow you to use your travel time productively and effectively. Josh also offers private surf lessons and private surf guiding trips as well as private hiking trips of all abilities with guests of up to six people.

The aim of Saffa Tours is to ensure that you are satisfied beyond expectation, have gained knowledge about South Africa and learned all about our beautiful fauna and flora.

Needles Lodge

Needles Lodge is a warm and welcoming owner run lodge in the heart of Marloth Park, a private nature reserve bordering the Kruger National Park between the Malelane and Crocodile Bridge entrances to the Park.

The lodge is entirely covered in thatch with elegant African décor. An intimate lodge with 8 suites. Each room enjoys air-conditioning and is equipped with a ceiling fan. Bathrooms are en-suite offering extra- large baths as well as separate walk-in showers.

The décor has been tastefully chosen to ensure that you feel completely relaxed and with all the comforts of home. With the lounge, dining and entertainment area located in the center of the lodge, the rooms stretch out on either side and are joined by wooden decks that converge on the central deck and patio. Each room has large sliding doors that open out onto a wooden deck and the bush directly before it. From your bed, you can enjoy views out into the bush and the numerous game that regularly frequents the area.

The central lounge and entertainment area at Needles Lodge extends out onto a large outside deck surrounding the trunk of a giant Marula tree. Under the shade of the giant Marula, guests can relax with views of the bush or simply drop into the swimming pool located adjacent to the outside entertainment