South Africa’s tourism sector, represented by the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA), has renewed its calls for the scrapping of Unabridged Birth Certificates outright, following today’s resignation by former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. “The issue of Unabridged Birth Certificates and onerous visa regulations to a certain extent had become... Read more


Participants in last week’s Garden Route Mega Fam, hosted by SATSA and Wesgro, have hailed the initiative as ground-breaking and a resounding success. Some 45 buyers joined this first Garden Route Mega Fam, which saw participants split into five groups to experience five different itineraries, showcasing activities, attractions and accommodation in George, Knysna, Mossel Bay Oudtshoorn and... Read more


JOHANNESBURG, 25 SEPTEMBER 2018 – While we were encouraged and optimistic last week with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcements that measures would be taken to make it easier for foreign tourists to visit South Africa, this morning’s press conference by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba brought us right back to ground-hog... Read more

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JOHANNESBURG, 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 – After over three years of tireless lobbying by SATSA and industry partners, Cabinet has announced that it will be introducing amendments to regulations applying to foreign minors travelling to South Africa, which will be gazetted in October. President Cyril Ramaphosa said: “Within the next few months, amendments will be... Read more


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.  Read more


Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator is a not-for-profit social enterprise that builds solutions to address the “mismatch of demand and supply” in the youth labour market. Harambee, in partnership with the National Business Initiative and together with government and implementing partners, has launched an initiative to facilitate pathways into technical occupations for large numbers of... Read more


SATSA Western Cape Chapter Chairperson, Illana Clayton, updates us on the current water situation in Cape Town. Good news! Dam levels are up 6.3% in June 2018 which is incredible news, and there is still lots of run-off. Click here  to view reports and statistics on... Read more


The Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation (WHO) continue to closely monitor the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There is cautious optimism. Slightly over a month into the response, further spread of EVD has largely been contained. Since 17 May 2018, no new confirmed EVD... Read more


Fair Trade Tourism and PETCO, the PET plastic recycling company, have teamed up to host a No Time to Waste workshop for the Garden Route tourism sector focusing on plastic waste solutions. No Time To Waste will provide specific waste management training aimed at tourism businesses and propose plastic recycling solutions for the... Read more


60% Discount offer to attend the Travel Massive Digital Workshops Travel Massive is “super chuffed” to announce that they have partnered with #HACKTOURISM to provide a series of Pop-up Travel Massive Digital Workshops across the Country—and Nelspruit is up first on 20 July 2018 at Casambo Lodge! SATSA Members will receive a 60% discount the workshops and pay only R500 per person... Read more


The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority will be hosting the 11th edition of Zimbabwe’s premier travel showcase, Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from the 6th to 8th September 2018. They are extending an invitation to 10 SATSA members to participate as hosted buyers. The hosting conditions are as follows: To qualify for the Hosted Buyers Program, applicants must... Read more


South African Tourism will host its 2nd annual roadshow to the Nordics in October 2018 and you are invited to apply to participate. The invitation from South Africa Tourism as follows: Following the success of the 2017 roadshow some key learnings were identified: [list line="no" style="style1"] The Nordic traveller is an immature visitor to South Africa, and... Read more

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As of 5 October 2017, all clients booked for trips to Robben Island must provide identification when purchasing tickets. These could include either their identification documents (ID), passport, birth certificate, drivers licence or certified copies thereof, and are verified when clients check in for their trip. Robben Island... Read more

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The PG Tops group has identified a total mismatch between the growing tourism industry needs and the available skill sets. PG Tops Travel and Tours have introduced a training programme which aims to bridge the skills gap for unemployed youth in order to facilitate their entry into the industry. To do this, PG Tops will leverage... Read more

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It’s time to get involved in industry matters again. Below is a list of events and meetings you should be attending in some of the provinces. • SATSA KZN Chapter Meeting 18 September 2017, Zimbali Lodge Time: 15h00 To RSVP email  Read more