IBTM China

South African Tourism has opened their expression of interest process for IBTM China 2019 which will take place on 28 and 29 August 2019 at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing. IBTM (Incentive, Business Travel and Meeting Exhibition for Travel and Tourism) China provides the ultimate platform for the world's leading suppliers to the MICE industry to meet top level buyers with... Read more


In line with its focused approach to continue supporting tourism growth in Johannesburg, the Department of Economic Development: Tourism Directorate launched its Tourism Ambassador Programme at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein, on Tuesday, 28 May 2019. “In terms of Johannesburg’s Growth and Development Strategy [GDS], the Joburg 2040 - tourism remains an economic growth imperative on... Read more


Entries deadline for the South African Tourism Industry’s premier tourism awards, the Lilizela Tourism Awards, have been extended to 11 June 2019. The annual awards recognise and rewards those who work passionately to deliver world class product and service. The Lilizela Tourism Awards in its seventh year celebrates those who contribute to grow South Africa’s destination... Read more


Simply put, the Tourism Incentive Programme (TIP) is a division of the National Department of Tourism that is mandated to introduce support measures to increase competitiveness and drive sustained tourism growth within the industry. One of the ways that TIP does this is through offering funding for tourism businesses. TIP currently offers four main funding programmes namely the Market Access... Read more

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As communicated previously, please remember to indicate your interest for the upcoming Spotlight Workshops as follows:[list line="no" style="style1"] Spotlight Travel Workshops Nairobi July 03-05 Spotlight TravelExpo Addis Ababa July 24 & 25 Spotlight Travel Workshops Windhoek 31 August[/list] You can visit  Read more

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Owning a business is stressful at the best of times and has the potential to keep you awake for hours at night. Issues with employees, not enough money, complications with equipment and operations, lack of sales, monitoring food and beverage stocks, debt or unattainable targets. Just as the above are symptomatic of running any business, so it seems are some of the harsh realities of our... Read more


Fair Trade Tourism will be hosting Travelife Training for Tour Operators in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The workshops are aimed at encouraging a more sustainable tourism sector, and to close the loop between sustainable buyers and sellers. It is a hugely beneficial workshop for tour operators to attend. The event is subsidised by Travelife and therefore free to attend. The programme... Read more


South Africa’s Tourism Minister launched Jurni, an innovative public-private venture that will revolutionise and transform South Africa’s Travel and Tourism Industry, at Indaba in early May. A first-of-its-kind Travel and Tourism Data Management Company, Jurni will deliver unbiased, consolidated and comprehensive tourism data that will equip tourism businesses with valuable insights to... Read more


Small businesses are the heart and soul of the South African economy. It is estimated that the 2.8 million SMEs employ over 60% of the local workforce, contribute 35% towards the GDP and collectively have an annual turnover of R727 billion. Unfortunately, according to the NCRs, most small businesses do not last more than 2 years due to inability to access finance. Capital adequacy regulations... Read more

NTPR Update

As published last week, SATSA continues to engage with stakeholders to tackle NPTR issue. We would like to give you a quick update, including the response that we received from NPTR, and ask for your assistance: Through lobbying from SATSA and TBCSA, the National Department of Tourism facilitated NPTR Industry Outreach Workshops in Gauteng/North West, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal between... Read more


It is with deep sadness and shock that we learnt of the passing of our colleague, Francois Grove, owner of Safaris Direct. Francois also served as a Board Member of SATSA and was the Chairperson of the Mpumalanga Chapter. Commenting on the news of Francois' passing David Frost, CEO of SATSA said that Francois was such a special piece of SATSA's as well as the industry's... Read more

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  The International Air Transport Association (IATA), on 29 April, updated the Travel Information Manual Automatic (TIMATIC), used by airport ground staff to determine whether a passenger can be carried, with regard to the requirements for children travelling to South Africa. According to the updated text, IATA is advising that members’ check-in staff to no longer request birth... Read more