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It is with great pleasure that we present yet another edition of our Tourism Tuesdays newsletter, delivering a curated collection of noteworthy updates from the world of tourism.

As the excitement builds, we invite you to join us in the anticipation of Meetings Africa, just 27 days away. Uncover the behind-the-scenes preparations, exhibitor briefings, and exciting highlights that promise to make this edition of the trade show truly unforgettable.

Discover the latest opportunities as the 9th application window for the Green Tourism Incentive Programme opens. Explore how your tourism enterprise can benefit from incentives designed to promote sustainable practices and contribute to a greener, more responsible industry.

Catch the spotlight on Minister of Tourism, Patricia de Lille, as she delivered a compelling speech at the inaugural Township and Village Tourism Expo hosted by SATOVITO. The expo, set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Cradle of Humankind, Morapeng, showcased the richness of township and village tourism experiences.

As always, we bring you a captivating "Experience of the Week" to inspire and ignite your passion for the diverse offerings of South Africa's tourism landscape.

Tourism Regards

Tourism Tuesdays Team

Countdown to Meetings Africa '24: 27 Days to Go

Meetings Africa


The countdown has begun, and we can't wait to welcome you to Meetings Africa 2024!

With just 27 days to go, our dedicated team is working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that everything is set for an unforgettable experience.

Behind the Scenes: Setting the Stage for Success

Our team is putting in extra hours to set up the trade floor, creating the perfect environment for exhibitors and buyers to connect and do business. To ensure that our exhibitors are well-prepared, we've conducted briefing sessions across Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town, providing valuable insights and information. For those unable to attend in person, virtual sessions have also been made available.

Media Launch: Creating a Buzz

Last week, on the 24th of January, we held a spectacular media launch in Sandton to generate excitement and anticipation for the 2024 edition of the show. The event was graced by South Africa's Tourism Minister, Patricia de Lille, who shared her enthusiasm for the upcoming trade show. Minister De Lille emphasized the significant impact Meetings Africa will have on the business events sector in Africa, contributing substantially to South Africa's economic growth.

Join Us at Meetings Africa 2024

We invite you to join us at Meetings Africa 2024 for an unparalleled experience. Whether you are an exhibitor, buyer, or industry professional, this is your chance to be part of a transformative event that will shape the future of the business events sector.

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New Application Window for Green Tourism Incentive Program Opens



The Department of Tourism invites all eligible tourism enterprises to take part in the Green Tourism Incentive Programme’s (GTIP) 9th application window. The application opened on 25 January and will run until 31 March 2024.

The development of the GTIP was informed by escalating electricity prices, the intensifying pressure on the national energy grid and negative impacts of load-shedding, as well as water scarcity and drought conditions which negatively impact the tourism sector. This programme encourages private sector tourism enterprises to move towards the installation of solutions for the sustainable management and usage of electricity and water resources.

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Township & Village Tourism Have Much to Offer

Village Tourism


The inaugural Township and Village Tourism Expo hosted by the SA Township and Village Tourism Organisation (SATOVITO) took place on the 25th and 26th of January at the Cradle of Humankind in Morapeng. Minister De Lille said the expo aims to shine a light on tourism products in villages and townships where people from disadvantaged backgrounds are breaking through barriers to take their claim in the tourism sector.

“I have found only warm, kind and committed people in tourism in every part of this country and I look forward to exploring even more hidden gems this year and pushing harder with all partners to take the entire tourism sector to the next level,” said De Lille.

De Lille commended the organisers of expo for their objective to foster strong community engagement by involving local residents, community leaders, and stakeholders in the planning and execution of the expo.

“Promoting township and village tourism is an integral part of diversifying our tourism offerings so that we can grow the economy, the sector and the number of jobs created by this sector."

“I am therefore pleased that the South African National Convention Bureau has provided financial support to this expo and that SA Tourism has also supported it through marketing it at global events such as World Travel Market London."

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Cape Town Ranks as the World's 2nd Best City



The City of Cape Town has secured second place in the latest global ranking of the world's best cities to live in.

The accolade comes as no surprise, as the city's stunning landscapes and vibrant culture continue to leave an indelible mark on visitors from around the globe.

This is according to Time Out’s latest ranking of the top 50 cities in 2024. The rankings are based on an annual survey where residents are asked to share what it’s like to live, work and play in their home city.

The survey looks at food, nightlife, culture, how the city makes them feel, the beauty of the city, the ability to make social connections, and more.

TGCSA Premium Property

Location: Cape Town, Western Cape


Nestled at the foothill of the majestic Chapman’s Peak, Tintswalo Atlantic offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The property features a wooden decked terrace, a heated outdoor swimming pool, and a restaurant with free WiFi available.

The elegantly decorated suites boast parquet floors and expansive windows, providing a sense of sophistication. Each suite comes with a balcony offering captivating views of the bay, along with amenities such as air conditioning, a comfortable seating area, and a fireplace. Tintswalo Atlantic serves a daily breakfast in the dining room or on the deck, while the fine dining restaurant caters to a variety of tastes and cuisines. Lunch and dinner are available upon request.

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Kapama Karula



Location: Hoedspruit, Limpopo 


Nestled within the expansive Kapama Game Reserve, a part of the Greater National Kruger Park, Kapama Karula offers an extraordinary safari experience. Experienced rangers lead thrilling game drives in open safari vehicles, allowing visitors to explore the rich wildlife of the region. The luxurious suites at Kapama Karula provide stunning views overlooking the Klaserie River.

Each spacious suite is lavishly decorated, featuring an outdoor deck area with a heated swimming pool and sun loungers.

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Birkenhead House


Location: Hermanus, Western Cape


Nestled between two of Hermanus's finest swimming beaches, Birkenhead House offers opulent accommodations in uniquely decorated suites. Positioned just a short drive from the Hemel-en-Arde Valley, guests can explore renowned wine estates in the area.

Visitors can indulge in a delightful lunch accompanied by a selection of wines on the patio, where they can relish unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean and catch a glimpse of whales during the whale season. The hotel features a spa and two inviting swimming pools.

Village Square is located 3.6 km from Birkenhead House, and Hamilton Russel Vineyards is 5 km away. Cape Town International Airport is conveniently situated 80 km from the property.

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Experience of the Week 

The Room


Location: Cape Town, Western Cape