Whether you are a B&B, lodge, hotel or office - all make use of electrical power. Most electrical fires result from problems with ‘fixed wiring’ such as faulty electrical outlets and old wiring. Problems with cords and plugs, such as extension and appliance cords, also cause many electrical fires. Many avoidable... Read more


Accommodation providers and tour operators throughout Mozambique are hailing the government's announcement that all visitors to Mozambique are now eligible for visas at borders equipped with the equipment necessary to issue biometric visas. 26 border posts have been issuing these visas since 2005 but there has been considerable confusion regarding which country's... Read more


Have you worked as a Personal Assistant? Do you have a tourism degree or diploma? If so then this is the position for you. 1. Background: In order to fulfil SATSA’s ambitious growth plan, dedicated resources and continued effort are required. The SATSA management team is looking for a detail orientated and well organised Executive Administrator to provide the necessary... Read more


The World Federation of Tourist Guides Associations (WFTGA) has appointed Aluscha Ritchie from SATSA’s Western Cape Chapter and a registered tourist guide for the Western Cape, as its new President. The appointment was made at the 17th biennial World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations Convention which took place in... Read more


By Stephen Nielsen, sales and marketing director of Kiboko Adventures I have just returned from a sales trip to Australia and New Zealand. I saw first-hand the damage the new visa requirement for New Zealand citizens is having and will continue to have on our industry. With one of our main wholesalers I visited... 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


SATSA has been growing steadily in the stature over the past couple of years. This is reflected in increasing membership numbers. There still exists significant scope to grow membership within the inbound tourism and associated sector. SATSA has developed an ambitious growth plan to realise this. In order to fulfil this plan,... 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 – The Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) and South African Tourism have entered into a partnership for Indaba 2017 which will see the establishment of a dedicated, free-standing SATSA Pavilion where members can book a cost-effective desktop option. CEO of SATSA, David Frost,... 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


While South Africa is well known in the US market for its wildlife, it is not known for its many other offerings. In fact, while American travellers are aware of South Africa as a holiday destination, they feel the country lacks the experiences they are looking for. American travellers are looking for exotic destinations offering rich cultural history and an... 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


Exhibitor registration for Indaba 2017 are now open, South African Tourism has confirmed. Indaba 2017 will take place from 16-18 May 2017 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, and will be organized by Pure Grit Project and Exhibition Management. For the full Tourism Update story,  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


SATSA has renewed its partnership with WTM Africa for a third year, which means we are in a position to offer 10 cost-effective desktop exhibitor opportunities to established business at R11 000 per desktop and SMEs at R2 200 per desktop. These spots are available to members who have not exhibited at WTM Africa before and are... Read more