The Board of South African Tourism has resolved to investigate allegations received against the organisations CEO, Mr Sisa Ntshona, through its anonymous tip-offs reporting mechanism. The Board is obligated to thoroughly investigate these allegations, in the best interest of all parties concerned. In order to conduct a free and fair investigation, the board has decided to place the CEO on... Read more

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In order to increase operational efficiency and on-time performance for luggage processing, O.R. Tambo International Airport has embarked on an awareness campaign through a soft launch to enable departing passengers to comply with acceptable baggage restrictions. Round bags, bags with long hanging straps and those without flat surfaces are the largest sources of jams in the baggage handling... Read more


Africa is alive with possibilities – and tourism is a major potential revenue stream that could help grow the continental economy significantly. The African Tourism Investment Summit, in partnership with African Business Group, is a dedicated Summit for Tourism investors and associated investment opportunities.  Read more


Are you aware of the following events that occurred over the past week? Protest Action: R536 Hazyview - Kruger Gate (12 Mar) R62 Cogmanskloof Pass closed (12 Mar) Protest Action: North West R556(11 Mar) Table Mountain Closed (11 Mar) If you haven’t already downloaded your SATSA App and registered for access, what are you waiting for? Get access to up-to-date news, invitations to events... Read more


As you would know from previous communications, the merger between SATSA and SAYTC (South African Youth Travel Confederation) was approved last year and the process is now in full swing. The addition of members from SAYTC has brought SATSA’s membership numbers to over 1 200, adding gravitas to and more responsibility for SATSA. It also expands the SATSA footprint, incorporating even more... Read more


Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Please note that the Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance from Monday 8 July to Sunday 18 August 2019. They will reopen, weather permitting, on Monday 19 August 2019. You are welcome to contact Collette Van Aswegen on  Read more

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The Tourism Incentive Programme (TIP) aims to stimulate tourism development that is sustainable, inclusive and improves the competitiveness of our destination and the entire tourism sector. Through its International Market Access Support Programme, it broadens and facilitates access to specific tourism export markets to stimulate enterprise growth and expansion. This reduces the cost burden on... Read more


Five African tourism start-ups were given the opportunity to share and pitch their business ideas and funding needs to African and European Tourism ministers, academics and investors through the joint UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) – NEPAD Tourism Tech Adventures initiative. The presentations were made as part of the 10th anniversary of INVESTOUR; the event dedicated to... Read more

WTM AFrica 2019

We are excited to be part of WTM Africa 2019 and is looking forward to showcasing 16 members on the SATSA pavilion. This year we will also be hosting activations on the pavilion with our new SAYTC member, Wine Flies. Join us on stand V01 for wine and biltong tasting and chocolate pairing. We would like to expand this marketing reach by offering members the opportunity to showcase their... Read more


SATSA will host its National AGM (Annual General Meeting) on the 11th of July 2019 at Wild Coast Sun. The AGM will be hosted in conjunction with the SATSA Conference and we are excited to celebrate our 50th AGM with you. All Chapters will be required to host their AGMs prior to this. Once dates and venues have been confirmed members will receive invitations to their Chapter AGMs. As per... Read more

NTPR Update

Through the TBCSA, SATSA has continued to put pressure on NPTR with regards to the backlog and requirements for Operating Licenses. We are glad to report some progress on these matters: The requirement for B-BBEE Certification Confusion around B-BBEE Certification for NPTR applications have been clarified. This follows an industry meeting with Director Generals of... Read more

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After over three years of tireless lobbying by SATSA and industry partners, Cabinet introduced amendments to regulations applying to foreign minors travelling to South Africa in November 2018. However, the re-hashing of South Africa’s immigration regulations which was supposed to provide ‘clarity’ on the requirements for foreign minors to gain entry to the country has done nothing to... Read more