SATSA officially opened registrations for our upcoming conference on Monday and we’ve already had huge interest from our members. Programme outline: [list line="no" style="style1"] Wednesday, 16 August 2017 : Various full / half day pre-conference tours : Golf Day (tee off from 11h00 @ Devonvale) : 17:30 - Food and Wine Evening @ Spier Thursday, 17... Read more


SATSA negotiated a great opportunity to provide cost-effective, shared exhibition space within the ICC at this year’s Indaba. Members were able to buy a table top stand on the SATSA stand for R13,000. We would like to sincerely thank South African Tourism for the opportunity to extend this option to our members and look forward to expanding this option for... Read more


SATSA received feedback from a concerned and involved member in the Western Cape. Given the acute water shortage the region is facing, the member was taken aback by the mixed messages the hotel and guesthouse sector is sending international tourists on the issue. The Vineyard Hotel has taken plugs out of baths and provided a small timer to assist guests in... Read more


Reflecting the new energy that SATSA took on, we’re excited to announce that we will be moving our office to new premises in Rosebank. The decision to move to Rosebank was based primarily on the accessibility of the area, with Gautrain nearby and Johannesburg’s main business hotspots in close proximity. Also, the vibrancy... Read more


The Pan-African Health Tourism Congress is set to become the flagship event of the health tourism sector and seeks to table and endorse policies and strategies to expand the health tourism industry. The Congress is scheduled to take place from 7 to 9 June at the uMfolozi Hotel Casino Convention Resort, Empageni, Richards Bay, with ministers, tourism practitioners and industry decision makers... Read more


It has been a while since SATSA last took stock of how we are doing and whether we are on the right track. As a member-driven association, we need your suggestions. We would really appreciate your feedback – please can you complete the five-minute survey by  Read more


It is with great sadness that SATSA reports that Tim Hartwright, owner of Jacana Travel Marketing and Reservations, passed away on 11 April. We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Jacana shared the below in memory of Tim. Tim Hartwright, aged... Read more


South African Tourism is inviting reputable members of the tourism industry to be part of the Adjudication Panel of the Lilizela Tourism Awards, where you will identify and award the best of the best in the tourism industry over the last year. To be part of the prestigious 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards Adjudicators’ Panel, you must:  Read more


This year, we are shining a spotlight on the topic of transformation and industry growth for the upcoming SATSA Conference which will carry the theme: Transforming for Inclusive Growth. The conference will take place at Spier in Stellenbosch, Western Cape. A golf day and pre-tour activities will take place on afternoon of... Read more


By now you would have received your annual review. Please note that the deadline for annual reviews and for those that have not made payment is 31 May 2017. We ask that you adhere to this deadline, as after 31 May, SATSA membership will be suspended until the required documentation and payment is received.  Read more


The South African Bus Operators Association (SABOA) will host its 2017 National Conference and Exhibition on 24 and 25 May, 2017 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. The association has invited SATSA members to attend a Parallel Session on Tour and Charter Transport at a charge of R370 for the session. This... Read more


We are aware that there is a great deal of frustration as a result of the backlog and the problems currently being experienced with the National Public Transport Regulator (NPTR). The SATSA COO, Hannelie Du Toit and myself met with the Chief Director responsible for the NPTR, Jits Patel and his team last week. Patel acknowledged... Read more


In partnership with SA Tourism, TOMSA will be hosting an exclusive networking function with tourism buyers attending Indaba. TOMSA levy collectors are invited to attend: Date: Wednesday 17th May 2017 Venue: Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC, Durban, South Foyer Time: 17h30 – 19h00 RSVP:  Read more


It has been a while since SATSA last took stock of how we are doing and whether we are on the right track. As a member-driven association, we need your suggestions. We would really appreciate your feedback – please can you complete the five-minute survey by clicking here  If you feel the survey does not... Read more


SATSA has been approached to partner on the Productivity SA Program which offers consulting support of up to R300,000 per selected business. They are looking to select three enterprises based in KwaZulu-Natal, two in Eastern Cape, two in Mpumalanga, five in Gauteng and two in Limpopo. Productivity SA, via its accredited service provider, Sigma International, provides companies in stress with... 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


Since taking the reins in January, one of my focus areas has been ensuring our membership application and review process is streamlined. In an effort to provide a better service to our members, we have reviewed our head office structure and how we use our internal resources. We identified that having one person our members can... Read more


As SATSA works towards providing additional benefits to our members, we have put the spotlight on market access and the trade shows in South Africa, specifically WTM Africa and Indaba. Invitations were sent out in the last quarter of 2016 for SATSA members to indicate whether they would be interested in a cost-effective stand at... Read more


SATSA is inviting members to join us for the National SME Market Access Project’ Speed Marketing event taking place the day before Indaba starts, on 15 May 2017 at the Durban ICC. A total of 90 of the country’s most incredible vetted emerging tourism businesses will be presenting their offering to the trade, followed by a networking cocktail. From helicopter tours over Soweto, jazz in... Read more


The National SME Market Access project, in partnership with South African Tourism and National Department of Tourism started in December 2016 when we advertised across the country, asking emerging businesses to apply to become part of the initiative. Based on the responses received we developed a database of 350 tourism SMEs throughout South Africa.  Read more