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SSouth African Tourism works to support both local and international travel trade partners through education about South Africa, tools to assist with the marketing of South Africa and South African products and strives to unlock opportunities for business in the tourism value chain. Keep up to date with the latest industry news and events in South Africa and abroad, and become an expert on South Africa through our various support tools and programmes listed below.

Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
TGCSA is the only officially recognised organisation that authorises accommodation establishments to display stars. Get graded today!
Lilizela Tourism Awards
Recognising and rewarding tourism players and businesses who work to deliver world-class products and services.
SA Specialist
SA Specialist
SA Specialist is an interactive online learning programme that will improve your knowledge of South Africa.
Welcome South Africa
Welcome South Africa aims to create and sustain engagement with industry stakeholders, and encourage information sharing.
Digital Assets Library
Digital Assets Library
A collection of some beautiful images and video clips made for the esteemed partners of South African Tourism in promoting travel in and to South Africa.
Deals Dashboard
Deals Dashboard
If you're a travel trade partner, widen your reach by uploading your latest and greatest South African travel deals to South African Tourism's own Deals Dashboard.
Travel Directory
Travel Directory
Tourism operators can update their offering and for travellers to find accommodation, activities and attractions.
Africa's Travel Indaba
Africa's Travel Indaba
One of the largest tourism marketing events in Africa and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar.

Research

Industry Reports

Tourism Outlook July 2021

Industry Reports
Tourism Outlook July 2021

South African Tourism has compiled a monthly tourism snapshot which provides a monthly outlook for international tourism from key source markets to South Africa. Information in the snapshot for each country includes: •Current restrictions on travel to/return from South Africa •Indication of COVID-19 infection levels •Progress in COVID-19 vaccination roll-out •Latest available data on tourist arrivals to South Africa •Indicator of near-term tourism potential from source market

Industry Reports

Tourism Outlook March 2021

Industry Reports
Tourism Outlook March 2021

South African Tourism has compiled a monthly tourism snapshot which provides a monthly outlook for international tourism from key source markets to South Africa. Information in the snapshot for each country includes: •Current restrictions on travel to/return from South Africa •Indication of COVID-19 infection levels •Progress in COVID-19 vaccination roll-out •Latest available data on tourist arrivals to South Africa •Indicator of near-term tourism potential from source market

Industry Reports

Tourism Outlook February 2021

Industry Reports
Tourism Outlook February 2021

South African Tourism has compiled a monthly tourism snapshot which provides a monthly outlook for international tourism from key source markets to South Africa. Information in the snapshot for each country includes: •Current restrictions on travel to/return from South Africa •Indication of COVID-19 infection levels •Progress in COVID-19 vaccination roll-out •Latest available data on tourist arrivals to South Africa •Indicator of near-term tourism potential from source market

Industry Reports

International Tourist Behaviour Survey

Industry Reports
International Tourist Behaviour Survey

Dipstick on changes in consumer preference.

Tourist Arrivals

2016 Tourist arrival September

Tourist Arrivals
2016 Tourist arrival September

This report analyses tourist arrivals to South Africa. As part of a national effort to improve the quality of tourism statistics in South Africa, tourist arrivals, as opposed to visitor arrivals, is now been released. Please note that published figures exclude Transit tourist.

Tourist Arrivals

2016 Tourist arrival October

Tourist Arrivals
2016 Tourist arrival October

This report analyses tourist arrivals to South Africa. As part of a national effort to improve the quality of tourism statistics in South Africa, tourist arrivals, as opposed to visitor arrivals, is now been released. Please note that published figures exclude Transit tourist.

Tourist Arrivals

2016 Tourist arrival November

Tourist Arrivals
2016 Tourist arrival November

This report analyses tourist arrivals to South Africa. As part of a national effort to improve the quality of tourism statistics in South Africa, tourist arrivals, as opposed to visitor arrivals, is now been released. Please note that published figures exclude Transit tourist.

Tourist Arrivals

2016 Tourist arrival May

Tourist Arrivals
2016 Tourist arrival May

This report analyses tourist arrivals to South Africa. As part of a national effort to improve the quality of tourism statistics in South Africa, tourist arrivals as opposed to visitor arrivals is now been released. Please note that published figures exclude Transit tourist.

Events

Gauteng

Meetings Africa 2020

Gauteng
Meetings Africa 2020

In recent years, the global meetings industry has begun to recognise Africa as a sought after destination. Meetings Africa showcases Africa’s diverse offering of services and products where African associations and African meetings industry professionals can partner to help transform our continent. In the last five years (between 2013 and 2017) Meetings Africa has hosted over 1000 international and regional buyers, 1336 exhibitors and over 7000 visitors. Meetings Africa 2020 will take place from 24-26 February 2020, with BONDay on the 24th.

23 June 2022

“It’s time to step into a brave new world”, says South African Tourism ACEO, Themba Khumalo

Press Release | 23 June 2022
“It’s time to step into a brave new world”, says South African Tourism ACEO, Themba Khumalo

South African Tourism welcomes the end of all COVID-19 restrictions after South Africa’s cabinet yesterday concluded that they had served their purpose. The revision of the COVID-19 management regulations heralds a new chapter for the country. It is a necessary shot in the arm for the tourism sector, which has been battered by more than two years of the global pandemic and related restrictions. The latest revisions include the removal of the mask-wearing mandate indoors and limits on gatherings and border checks for COVID-19 – and the need to be vaccinated to enter South Africa.

20 June 2022

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) clean sweeps at the Skytrax Awards

Press Release | 20 June 2022
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) clean sweeps at the Skytrax Awards

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is proud to announce that it has won a number of Skytrax awards at a ceremony held in Paris, France, on June 16, 2022. ACSA’s Golden Triangle Airports have received the top three Best Airports in Africa.

16 June 2022

South Africa pays tribute to its youth with digital campaign in Times Square

Press Release | 16 June 2022
South Africa pays tribute to its youth with digital campaign in Times Square

June 16 2022, South African Tourism and the South African Consulate General New York commemorate the country’s Youth Day by launching a new digital campaign in the heart of New York City’s Time Square. The campaign creative features three of the destination’s innovators that embody the revolutionary spirit, creativity and courage of its young people including comedian Trevor Noah, visual activist Zanele Muholi, and innovator Siyabulela Xuza.

01 June 2022

South African Tourism appoints Nomasonto Ndlovu as the new Chief Operations Officer

Press Release | 01 June 2022
South African Tourism appoints Nomasonto Ndlovu as the new Chief Operations Officer

South African Tourism (SA Tourism) is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms. Nomasonto Ndlovu as the organisation’s new Chief Operations Officer. Nomasonto will officially commence her role on 1 July 2022.

31 May 2022

Celebrate Global Exhibitions Day with AAXO

Press Release | 31 May 2022
Celebrate Global Exhibitions Day with AAXO

The Exhibitions industry builds the platforms on which business is done, and in 2022 it seems that we are finally on the road to recovery, building businesses and connecting people from all over the world. Global Exhibitions Day, GED,2022 falls on 1st June, and the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, UFI, encourages the Exhibitions industry worldwide to acknowledge and celebrate the undeniable value of exhibitions in accelerating the pace of economic recovery by creating platforms for networking, business exchange and in-person connection.

27 May 2022

Business Events Sector Critical for Tourism Sector Recovery

Press Release | 27 May 2022
Business Events Sector Critical for Tourism Sector Recovery

“The future for our African continent is bright. It is now time for our country, South Africa, to reclaim our place as an attractive tourism and business events destination,” these were the sentiments of the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Fish Mahlalela at his post-budget vote industry engagement on Thursday, 26 May 2022.

12 May 2022

Emirates signs Memorandum with South African Tourism Board to boost visitor arrivals

Press Release | 12 May 2022
Emirates signs Memorandum with South African Tourism Board to boost visitor arrivals

DUBAI, UAE 11 May 2022: Emirates and the South African Tourism Board have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly promote tourism and boost visitor arrivals and inbound traffic to South Africa from key markets across the Emirates network. The MoU was signed on the side-lines of Arabian Travel Market by Badr Abbas, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations for Africa, and The South Africa Tourism Board’s Acting CEO Mr Themba Khumalo. Also present at the signing ceremony was Adnan Kazim, Emirates Chief Commercial Officer, Minister of Tourism in South Africa, Lindiwe Sisulu and a senior government delegation from the South African Consulate in Dubai, His Excellency Consul General David Magabe and members of the South African Tourism Board.

11 May 2022

Africa’s Travel Indaba 2022 a boon for the tourism sector

Press Release | 11 May 2022
Africa’s Travel Indaba 2022 a boon for the tourism sector

JOHANNESBURG 10 MAY: Africa’s Travel Indaba 2022 was a boon for the continent’s tourism sector as well as the host city of Durban, province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). This is as hundreds of buyers and exhibitors from 55 countries descended on Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) from 2-5 May, to trade on the continent’s best tourism products and experiences. Of the 55 countries, 19 were from the African continent, including South Africa.

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