Dear friends and colleagues Last week we completed a country-wide roadshow to engage with members and obtain views and suggestions in terms of the way forward on the structural and operation conflict between a non-profit company (SATSA NPC) set up back in 2003 and SATSA the Association. As... Read more


Operators are advised to ensure that their vehicles are parked in a secure environment and with trusted security when visiting tourist attractions. SATSA has been made aware of a number of crime-related incidents occurring near the parking facilities outside popular tourist attractions in Gauteng. Guests should be advised to... Read more


SATSA has welcomed Kim Emmanuel to handle its PR and Communications portfolio. The role, which was previously on a consulting basis, has now become an internal function, allowing for more hands-on and immediate communication as and when matters arise. Kim joins SATSA with a journalistic background and is no stranger to the inbound tourism industry having... Read more


Namibia has increased its border crossing fees, affecting self-drivers, FITs, tour vehicles, trailers, caravans and 4x4 vehicles. The new fees are as follows: • R177 for motor cycles, motor tricycles, motor quadru-cycles, caravans and light trailers • R277 for motor cars, single and double-cab vehicles, 2x4 and 4x4 vehicles and minibuses (fewer than 25 passengers) •... Read more


South African Tourism will be hosting its sixth edition of Roadshow South Africa, taking place in The Netherlands from 30 October – 3 November 2017. The roadshow will introduce you to the Dutch travel industry as well as increase your knowledge on the Dutch consumers and their travel needs. The roadshow is to be held in the... Read more


The Department of Tourism through the Tourism Incentive Programme (TIP) invites eligible tourism enterprises to apply for the ABAV Expo that will take place from 27-29 September 2017 at the Expo Centre, São Paulo, Brazil. Promoted by Brazilian Travel Agencies Association, the ABAV International Tourism Expo is the most comprehensive, traditional and important... Read more


With South Africa becoming one of the top adventure destinations in the world, the first South African Adventure Summit will bring the country’s adventure community together to assist in creating a highly-driven and professional industry. The theme for the Southern Africa Adventure Summit is “Keeping it real” and takes... Read more


SATSA is offering a single sponsorship opportunity for businesses wishing to promote their organisation at the 2017 SATSA Conference. With delegate registrations streaming in, the SATSA conference provides your organisation access to some of the industry’s top players. One lunch sponsorship to the value of R50 000 is still... Read more


On the 20th of September, the second Business of Wine & Food Tourism conference will be held at Spier in Stellenbosch. The theme is ‘Aiming for Excellence’ and topics covered will include service excellence, brand loyalty, sustainable food chains, 3D travel marketing and more. SATSA members qualify for 10% discount on... Read more


Tourism Update will be hosting a webinar on South African Tourism’s plans to develop SMEs. The webinar will feature South African Tourism GM: Strategic Events and Exhibitions, Neil Nagooroo, joined by SATSA Chief Operating Officer, Hannelie Du Toit and local buyer, Septi Bukula of Osiba Management. During the webinar, an overview of the market access programme will be provided, including... Read more

Under the stewardship of SATSA a new SATSA Golf Council (SGC) has been formed which has now replaced the defunct SAGTA body to promote and market golf tourism in South Africa and increase its exposure in the international market. The council will comprise two golf tour operators, two golf suppliers and is chaired by the SATSA... Read more


As reported in the previous News from the Front, SATSA will embarking on a country-wide roadshow to engage with members on your views and suggestions in terms of the possible structural and operation conflict between a non-profit company set up by SATSA back in 2003 and the constitution of the Association itself. Invitations... Read more

As you will be aware, over the past weeks a number of follow-home crime incidents have been reported and some SATSA members fell victim. SATSA, through the TBCSA, will continue to monitor developments in this regard and engage role-players on our concerns. At the most recent meeting involving tourism industry members, ACSA... Read more

Following the devastating fires, Knysna Tourism has launched its #KnysnaRises logo, which shows the Knysna loerie/turaco rising like a phoenix from the “flames” and was inspired by the message that Knysna is rising from the ashes. Knysna Tourism chairperson, Elmay Bouwer said that the logo, which has already gone viral on... Read more


South African Tourism has released a statement providing clarity on its relationship with UK PR Agency, Bell Pottinger. Following an open tender process in 2013, SA Tourism’s UK office appointed the public relations agency, Bell Pottinger, to handle its UK public relations portfolio on a contract that commenced on 1 January... Read more


Reed Exhibitions is looking for a Sales Manager: Africa. The role requires the individual to create strong relationships with national tourism boards, associations and private sector business across West, East and Sub-Saharan Africa. This position requires a well-motivated and confident sales professional who can... Read more


LOUIS-THE-LAWYER® (ADV. Louis Nel), who has 35 years of experience in the tourism industry with a special focus on risk identification and management is offering SATSA members the following: • R1 000 discount on Legal Advice Club Membership • 10 minutes phone/e-mail per month per member free access to legal advice from a tourism specialist, whether you join the Legal Advice Club or... Read more


Our thoughts and prayers are with all people affected in the devastating fires in the Knysna and surrounding areas. We are saddened by the loss suffered by our tourism colleagues and as SATSA we would like to assist in any way possible. Via Knysna Tourism we can confirm at this stage that +/- 20 accommodation establishments in... Read more


Earlier this year you would have received an email from our SATSA Chairman, Gavin Courtenay, regarding a possible structural and operational conflict between a non-profit company set up by SATSA back in 2003 and the constitution of the Association itself. While SATSA has received legal advice on this crucial matter, we would... Read more


It is bitter-sweet for SATSA to announce that Patricia Dilotsotlhe will be retiring at the end of June. Patricia has served at SATSA for many years and has been a hugely valuable member of our team. We would like to thank her for longstanding commitment and dedication to SATSA – Patricia will be sorely missed and we wish her... Read more