SATSA has confirmed it is adding its voice to a coordinated campaign by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) to address global negative reports about Destination South Africa that have recently appeared in the international media. The campaign will include both a crisis communication and reputation management across multiple platforms, including media and social media, and will... Read more


The Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) and South African Tourism (SA Tourism) ensured that there will be a strong focus on, and participation by emerging businesses at this year’s SATSA Conference. The SATSA Conference, hosted in partnership with SA Tourism, took place at the Wild Coast Sun from 9-11 July 2019. Thirty-eight emerging businesses from all nine provinces were... Read more


SATSA and South African Tourism (SA Tourism) have launched a carbon offsetting initiative to create awareness about the need to reduce the tourism industry’s carbon footprint. The initiative comes as South Africa seeks proactively to focus on sustainability as a destination, with the ‘flight shaming’ movement growing exponentially in influence across the world. SATSA Eastern Cape... Read more


“If my children were dying from starvation, I would be first in line to poach, and if we’re honest, so would any of us.” Colin Bell, co-founder and director of Natural Selection, stressed the importance of including communities in the tourism value chain at the SATSA Conference today. “Tourism simply doesn’t react to the realities of 2019,” he said. Bell... Read more


Reed Exhibitions has launched its WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards for the first time, celebrating the success of national, regional and city tourist boards and recognising outstanding private sector companies and individuals across the African continent. The 12 awards are free to enter and will be judged by an independent panel of expert judges. Ranging from “Most Compelling National... Read more


The news that seven countries have been added to the visa waiver list for travel to South Africa, was received with applause and cheering from delegates at the SATSA Conference in KZN on July 10th. Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced the news during the budget vote speech in parliament on Wednesday. The seven countries are: [list line="no"... Read more


Finding ways to make it easier to visit Australia has driven a collective approach from all levels of government and the private sector, contributing to the country’s success as a tourism destination. That’s the word from Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) Managing Director Peter Shelley who addressed delegates attending SATSA’s conference on the Wild Coast this... Read more


Unique content is the “central ingredient” behind creating Inspiration and Aspiration when it comes to digital marketing in the tourism sector. That’s according to David Ryan, founder of Rhino Africa, who told SATSA Conference delegates that properly distributed content was one of the critical components of a holistic digital marketing strategy. “Our Digital... Read more


Cape Town Air Access, the air route development project for Cape Town and the Western Cape, has landed 15 new routes and 20 expansions since its inception in 2015. As part of its mandate, Cape Town Air Access, housed within Wesgro, is in regular communication with a number of airlines on potential new routes, airlines such as Virgin Atlantic. There was a perception created during a recent... Read more

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SATSA, formerly the Southern African Tourism Services Association, has rebranded at its conference where it is celebrating its 50th birthday. The new logo was unveiled to delegates at this year's conference held at the Wild Coast Sun from 9-11 July, sporting a new tagline that better describes what the association does: ‘The Voice of Inbound Tourism’.  Read more


To mark the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections, Flying with Pride will publish a 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition of its book. This edition of Flying with Pride includes a retrospective of some of the momentous occasions where the flag has been proudly displayed. The ‘coffee-table style book’ looks at how the people of... Read more


South African Tourism has opened their expression of interest process for IBTM World 2019, taking place in Barcelona from 19-21 November. IBTM World (formerly known as EIBTM) is a great opportunity for companies to get in front of the industry’s finest trade professionals and international buyers. It is an event aimed at helping industry partners grow their businesses in the meetings,... Read more