robben final

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

bootcamp final

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

calendar final

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

Airlink final

Airlink confirms its licences to operate South African and international scheduled air transport services are valid and in place. Its regular flights continue to operate as normal. This comes after recent media reports incorrectly stated that Airlink would not be covered by an operating licence at the end of this month.  Read more

save the date final

Dear all SATSA KZN Members Please can we request that you save the date for our next chapter meeting, more details will follow. However for now; Date: 18 September 2017 Time: morning meeting – exact time TBC  Read more


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