SANParks is hoping to increase its revenue from public-private partnerships to just under R1,2 billion per annum by 2040, while also growing annual visitors at national parks to just under 17 million guests. SANParks CEO, Fundisile Mketeni, shared these ambitious goals with members of the private sector gathered at the SANParks Investment Summit. In the most recent financial year,... Read more


South Africa as a destination may lose millions in revenue as a result of the new visa requirements for New Zealand, despite the market accounting for a small percentage of arrivals to South Africa. Since implementation, some tour operators have experienced cancellations, while other say they’ve seen no new bookings for South Africa from the market.  Read more


After a rigorous selection process, Annelie Barkema has been appointed as the General Manager of The Cradle Tourism Company (TCTC). Annelie has a diverse background in management and organisational support and has done a variety of work in tourism including working as a Tourism Specialist Banker in 2006-7, as the National... Read more


Financial Times by Luke Alfred, Tristan Holme and Colleen Goko Financial Times link Tourism could make a significantly greater contribution to the economy given the political will, savvier marketing, a more... Read more


In a world gripped by renewed fears of refugees, those regarded as “other”, as well as the scourge of human trafficking, travellers are increasingly finding themselves caught in a web of mind-numbing, costly bureaucracy. In December, after the Belgian leader of the Socialist Party, his partner and their nine-year-old child were prevented from boarding a plane... Read more


January 2017 – SATSA is delighted to announce that Hannelie Du Toit has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer. “Last year ended in a state of flux, and we were very grateful to bring in Petra Onel on an interim basis to see us through this transition period. Over December, SATSA’s National Secretariat deliberated on... Read more


The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has advised that from 16 January 2017, all diplomatic, official and ordinary New Zealand passport holders will require a visa to enter South Africa. In October, New Zealand announced plans to enforce a visa restriction for South Africans from 21 November 2016. At the time, DHA spokesperson, Mayihlome Tshwete described the move as unfortunate, “given the... Read more


December 2016 - South African Tourism has partnered with Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) on a brand-new market access partnership to develop the SME tourism sector whilst contributing towards transformation. “We are extremely pleased to be part of this initiative because transformation is at the centre of... Read more


Tourism hasn't realised a fraction of its potential in South Africa because the government still doesn't believe in it, says recently appointed South African Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona By Chris Barron – Sunday... Read more


Mozambique has published the ‘Tender of Pre-Qualification for the Touristic Concessions in the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park and the Maputo Special Reserve”. To obtain the tender documents, 4000 Meticais or the equaivalent of US$50, non-refundable – must be deposited to the below account. Standard Bank |  Maputo – Mozambique Account Number: 109 017 385 1009 Account Holder:... Read more


SATSA is delighted to announce that it has appointed Petra Onel as its new Chief Operating Officer on an interim basis. Petra was the first female to own a luxury coach operator in South Africa, GRS Southern African Tours, which she opened in 1991 and grew to a company with 32 staff, 26 luxury vehicles and eventually sold to Ilanga Travel. Prior to this, she worked... Read more


The first workshop will take place at Asara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on the 28th of November from 09h30 – 16h30. To RSVP, contact Aluscha at The second workshop will take place at the Indaba Hotel & Conference Centre in Fourways, Johannesburg on the 30th of November from 09h30 – 16h30. To RSVP, contact Robi at... Read more


Satsa’s Chief Operating Officer, Jenny Mewett, has resigned with immediate effect.  Read more


Collaboration and openness between SA Tourism and the industry were two of the key messages that came through when new SA Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona, engaged the tourism industry during a webinar hosted by Tourism Update on Thursday. Ntshona said he wants to encourage constant communication with the industry to make sure the... Read more


With all the attention the new Operating Licence process received in the media recently, it is imperative to look at the reality of the NPTR process. Currently the NPTR focuses only on tourism and charter applications. This is a positive departure from the old system as it separates tourism from public transport.  Read more