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08 December 2017

South African Tourism set to enter into landmark partnership with DMCs servicing the Nordic region

South African Tourism set to enter into landmark partnership with DMCs servicing the Nordic region

South African Tourism is embarking on an ambitious pilot project in March 2018 where 90 tourism trade participants from the Nordic region will be hosted in South Africa on a mega-familiarisation trip that will expose them to a range of local travel products across all nine provinces – including small businesses. To this end, South African Tourism is finalising a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with 11 local destination marketing companies (DMCs) including SEEZA, a unique and dynamic new black-owned DMC made up of a network of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). South African Airways is also a key partner in this collaboration, and has been integral to selecting the agents that will attend. Leading from the front, this is a collaborative initiative with the greater tourism industry, including the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA).

29 November 2017

South Africa unveils ‘accelerated drive’ to attract more business events

South Africa unveils ‘accelerated drive’ to attract more business events

South Africa unveils ‘accelerated drive’ to attract more business events Barcelona, Spain: At IBTM World on Tuesday, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Tourism, Elizabeth Thabethe, announced a “bold and ambitious” delegate-boosting plan as part of a Bidding Support Programme to propel the country’s business events industry forward. IBTM World, a leading global event for the meetings, incentives, conferences, events and business travel industry, is taking place in Barcelona from 28 to 30 November 2017.

22 November 2017

New exhibition company appointed to manage South African Tourism’s key strategic events - Meetings Africa and Africa’s Travel Indaba

Press Release | 22 November 2017
New exhibition company appointed to manage South African Tourism’s key strategic events - Meetings Africa and Africa’s Travel Indaba

New exhibition company appointed to manage South African Tourism’s key strategic events - Meetings Africa and Africa’s Travel Indaba

15 November 2017

Standard Bank, ICBC launch I Go South Africa to spur inclusive growth through tourism

Press Release | 15 November 2017
Standard Bank, ICBC launch I Go South Africa to spur inclusive growth through tourism

Standard Bank, ICBC launch I Go South Africa to spur inclusive growth through tourism

06 November 2017

South Africa’s small tourism businesses to shine at World Travel Market in London

Press Release | 06 November 2017
South Africa’s small tourism businesses to shine at World Travel Market in London

South Africa’s small tourism businesses to shine at World Travel Market in London

29 October 2017

Pioneers, innovators, stalwarts and SMEs celebrated at the fifth annual Lilizela Tourism Awards

Press Release | 29 October 2017
Pioneers, innovators, stalwarts and SMEs celebrated at the fifth annual Lilizela Tourism Awards

Pioneers, innovators, stalwarts and SMEs celebrated at the fifth annual Lilizela Tourism Awards

24 October 2017

South African Tourism launches inaugural roadshow in the Nordics

Press Release | 24 October 2017
South African Tourism launches inaugural roadshow in the Nordics

South African Tourism launches inaugural roadshow in the Nordics

19 October 2017

Robben Island goes green

Press Release | 19 October 2017
Robben Island goes green

Robben Island goes green

17 October 2017

Minister Tokozile Xasa launches the National Tourism Monitors Programme in Gauteng

Press Release | 17 October 2017
Minister Tokozile Xasa launches the National Tourism Monitors Programme in Gauteng

Minister Tokozile Xasa launches the National Tourism Monitors Programme in Gauteng

16 October 2017

UK celebrities hit the road in South Africa

Press Release | 16 October 2017
UK celebrities hit the road in South Africa

UK celebrities hit the road in South Africa

11 October 2017

Provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards victors set the stage for national glory

Press Release | 11 October 2017
Provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards victors set the stage for national glory

Provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards victors set the stage for national glory

11 October 2017

Minister Xasa to launch the Gauteng Tourism Monitors

Press Release | 11 October 2017
Minister Xasa to launch the Gauteng Tourism Monitors

Minister Xasa to launch the Gauteng Tourism Monitors

Explore South Africa

Africa's Travel Indaba 2018

KwaZulu-Natal
Africa's Travel Indaba 2018

Africa's Travel Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar. It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa's best tourism products and attracts international buyers and media from across the world. INDABA is owned by South African Tourism and organised by Pure Grit Project and Exhibitions Management (Pty) Ltd. Africa’s Travel Indaba will take place from 8 to 10 May 2018 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, with 7 May being BONDay. Join the movement and follow the conversations on Twitter: https://twitter.com/travel_indaba Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelindaba/   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/18073943/   Hashtag: #AfricaMovesYou

Meetings Africa 2018

Gauteng
Meetings Africa 2018

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 2018 will take place from 26-28 February 2018.

Lilizela Tourism Awards

Gauteng
Lilizela Tourism Awards

These awards recognise and reward tourism players and businesses who work passionately and with pride to deliver a world class product and service and whose delivery grows South Africa’s global destination competitiveness. To the public There’s nobody more important than you... the consumer of products and services offered by South Africa’s tourism industry. We need to hear about your experiences so that we can reward the best South African tourism establishments with a Lilizela Tourism award. We have created platforms and processes to make it easy for you to make your voice heard about our industry. We invite you to get involved, comment and vote for the best tourism experiences and products in South Africa. You keep us globally competitive and you give the industry the encouragement it needs to keep going further and doing better.  For the South African tourism trade Think of the Lilizela Tourism Awards as our way of encouraging and motivating you to offer the best service, facilities and product that you can. The Lilizela Tourism awards give you an opportunity – and a brilliant opportunity at that – to celebrate excellence, creativity and innovation. They give us all an opportunity to learn from each other and to strive to turn an already great industry into an industry that’s brilliant. The Lilizela Tourism awards give national recognition to establishments and raise their profile both here at home in South Africa and around the world, too. They will bring you and your business great publicity and profiling on a number of platforms.

Africa's Travel INDABA

Africa's Travel INDABA

Africa's Travel INDABA is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar. It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa's best tourism products and attracts international buyers and media from across the world. INDABA is owned by South African Tourism and organised by Pure Grit Project and Exhibitions Management (Pty) Ltd. INDABA has won the awards for Africa’s best travel and tourism show. This award was presented by the Association of World Travel Awards.

The 2017 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown

Eastern Cape
The 2017 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown

This is an ultra-marathon of approximately 89km that is held in KZN. It is an annual event that takes place during the second quarter of the year and is one of the oldest annual events in South Africa, as the first race took place in 1921. Run between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the race alternates between an “up” and “down” run, from the coast inland and vice versa. Many call it the world's greatest ultra-marathon, and one of the reasons this fabled South African marathon has the title is because of the wealth of legends in its history.

Photo & Film Expo

Gauteng
Photo & Film Expo

The Photo & Film Expo is the largest photography event in Africa, with over 400 brands under one roof. It is the perfect platform to interact with your favourite camera brands or bring your camera in for repairs. There are also workshops throughout the expo, where speakers get to share their knowledge of the field. Taking place in Johannesburg, expect great deals on a wide variety of products ranging from professional to the enthusiast. The expo is extremely focused and serves as a platform where photographers and enthusiasts can network and learn. With well over a hundred workshops running during the four-day event, the expo is time well invested. See the latest technologies and a wide range brands related to the imaging industry, and pick up some amazing ideas and bargains as well.

R 500

Turbine Art Fair

Gauteng
R 500
Turbine Art Fair

The Turbine Fair is an annual art fair that seeks to promote new work and talent all while establishing an art audience and collector base. Exhibitors – whether galleries, collectors or dealers – are invited to exhibit contemporary artwork priced below R40 000. The Turbine Art Fair takes place at the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown. It attracts a diverse crowd of visitors ranging from established collectors to guests who have never purchased art but are interested in finding out more and starting a collection. The fair is a lifestyle event with live music performances, delicious food and drinks as well as entertainment for the whole family. Attendees of this exciting art fair have the opportunity to fulfil both their art-viewing and art-buying needs, while the pop-up cafe and bar caters for their discerning taste buds.

R 980

Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo

Western Cape
R 980
Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo

The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is a popular social event in South Africa. Spectators get to watch the game of kings while sipping on some of the finest bottles of champagnes. Socialites and the crème de la crème of African influencers will descend on South Africa’s most prestigious polo estate, Val de Vie Estate to witness international polo players compete for the coveted Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cup. Guests can expect to taste food inspired by glamour and luxury, all enjoyed with Veuve Clicquot champagne, of course. Val de Vie Estate will also be transformed in line with the theme, to ensure guests experience a journey of the senses around the world with Veuve Clicquot, without leaving the picturesque Paarl/Franschhoek valley.

R 600

International Jazz Extravaganza

KwaZulu-Natal
R 600
International Jazz Extravaganza

The International Jazz Extravaganza is a platform that showcases all the greats of jazz music. The line-up is usually filled with a combination of international acts and local jazz legends. The International Jazz Extravaganza will be held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, along the lush eastern seaboard of South Africa, and of course will also once again be wowing jazz fans with inspiring star performances and unmatched hospitality when it returns to the Durban ICC Arena. So far three acts for the night have been announced – the edgy US jazz vocalist, Kurt Elling; well-known local artist, Nduduzo Makhatini; and highly-acclaimed vocalist and pianist, Thandi Ntuli. The first IJE offered something that no other jazz event in South Africa catered for – entertainment for the pure jazz lover. This, along with a luxurious hospitality experience that combines music, food, and travel is what makes IJE so unique.

R 100

Bierfest

R 100
Bierfest

The Bierfest is the closest representation of the German beer culture. Break out the lederhosen and dirndls and get ready for a “top Klaus bier festival” when the Newlands Brewery Village Green transforms into a Bavarian-style beer hall. Bring your mates for a wunderbar celebration as you clink together massive beer steins, and gorge on Schmidt-hot snacks such as wursts, cheeses and massive pretzels. It tours four cities around the country – Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Durban and CapeTown. Besides the delectable eats, drinks and music, there will be plenty of entertainment. Bierfestarians can look forward to participating in a range of traditional Oktoberfest-inspired games between beers (when last did you put your cow-milking skills to the test?), competitions (hint: dress-up on theme as best you can – there are trips to the actual Oktoberfest in the offering), and other fun-filled events. Dates: Durban 1 – 2 SeptemberPretoria 6 – 7 OctoberCape Town 3 – 4 November

R 1000

Ultra Music Festival

R 1000
Ultra Music Festival

The Ultra South Africa music festival is a franchise event of Ultra Worldwide. This is a two-day music event where legends of house music such as Black Coffee, Felix Jeahn, David Guetta, DJ Snake and many others get to entertain a packed audience with their sets. Ultra is one of the most celebrated festival brands in the world, and though 2014 was the first time the thumping bash descended on the African continent, the event has been staged all over the globe, with audiences in Brazil, Korea and the party capital of the world, Ibiza. It all began in Miami, Florida, back in 1999, and the music festival has since become internationally renowned for bringing together the hottest names in the dance scene. To date, the massive outdoor party has managed to conquer nine countries on five continents with the same epic flair that was made famous by the original event. Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town - 24 February 2017 Exo Centre, Nasrec, Johannesburg - 25 February 2017

R 50

Good Food & Wine Show

R 50
Good Food & Wine Show

The Good Food & Wine Show is Africa’s largest culinary event, and this year it has been rebranded and launched with a new theme – “Fresh”, which is the golden thread tying everything in the show together. The show’s narrative is a unique interpretation of the prevailing global obsession with sustainability and a healthier planet, and it’s inspired by the global trend for urban farming and the gradual urbanisation of rural contexts. This is being driven by a worldwide foodie revolution and a desire to grow local and eat fresh. The Good Food & Wine Show offers an exciting range of FRESH foodie experiences, of which seven components comprise themes that awaken the senses: tasting, seeing, smelling, feeling and hearing. These sensory experiences will challenge you to refresh your view of good food and wine, and the worlds around them. The golden thread of “Fresh”, is represented throughout the Johannesburg show, and is expressed through innovative culinary experiences, a variety of themes and programmes, and an impressive selection of chefs. Dates: CAPE TOWN: 2 - 4 JUNE 2017 Johannesburg: 28 - 30 JULY 2017 DURBAN: 27 - 29 OCTOBER 2017

R 220

Durban July

KwaZulu-Natal
R 220
Durban July

The Vodacom Durban July, the greatest racing, fashion and entertainment extravaganza on the African continent, takes place at Greyville Racecourse. Television has brought great sporting events right into the living rooms of homes around the world but there is still no substitute for being right there, in the middle of things to experience the sights, the sounds and, above all, the adrenaline rush that comes with live action. The Vodacom Durban July is probably one of the oldest horseracing events in the country. The first race was run in 1897 and was contested over 1.6km, and ever since then it has become an event not to be missed in South Africa. This event calls for celebrities, socialites and the elite to show off their outfits, their bets and their social skills. The excitement of Vodacom Durban July surpasses that of any other event on the African continent, with huge crowds expected on course and millions of others around the country taking serious bets or having their annual flutter.

RMB WineX Wine Festival

Gauteng
RMB WineX Wine Festival

The RMB WineX Festival is an annual event that is not to be missed be any wine connoisseur. It showcases a wide range of brands, boutique wines, crystal stemware and more. The undisputed festival of choice for the discerning wine consumer, the RMB WineX Wine Festival celebrates the “art of wine”. The show boasts the greatest selection of South Africa's top cellars under one roof, together with an exciting array of newcomers, boutique producers and garagistes – all who have one thing in common, they are all passionate about fermented grapes. RMB WineX is the wine happening of the year, where winemakers divulge expert knowledge to an attentive audience and Jozi wine lovers meet to socialise over a glass of good wine. Additionally, visitors can get handy tips and learn the latest in winemaking trends. There are also plenty of products that are available for purchasing – from gadgets, olives and oils, imported decanters, design coolers, artisanal cheeses and storage systems. 

Soweto Wine & Lifesytle Festival

Gauteng
Soweto Wine & Lifesytle Festival

The Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival is a must-attend festival in Soweto. The show exhibits a combination of wine, travel destinations, food and lifestyle products. This festival is the hub for the country’s finest innovators, bringing together winemakers, artisanal chefs, designers, crafters and entrepreneurs for a three-day cultural experience, unique to Soweto. The festival was originally designed to bring Cape wines into Johannesburg’s largest township, Soweto – which is known for its trendsetting values and people – to expose this magnificent movement to the country’s oldest, unique wine etiquettes and cultures. Come and experience the best wines the Cape has to offer; check out travel retailers with a huge choice of holidays and weekends away; indulge in a wide selection of gastronomies to suit all tastes from top restaurants, local bistros and food vendors; and enjoy music from Soweto’s famous set.

R 775

Oppikoppi

Limpopo
R 775
Oppikoppi

The world for the young hearted! Oppikoppi has become the perfect pre-festive “groove”. Do you love live music? Do you love awesome people? Do you love camping? If you do, head over to South Africa’s largest music festival in the Limpopo province and you’ll get a healthy dose of all three! For over 20 years, this gathering of South Africa’s music elite has become an essential pilgrimage for music lovers across the country, now rocking the socks off over 20 000 festival goers. With over 100 live acts, multiple stages and some big international headliners, the festival continues to grow year on year. Oppikoppi started in 1994, making it one of the oldest weekend events in SA.

R 850

Rocking the Daisies

Western Cape
R 850
Rocking the Daisies

Every year, the sleepy Western Cape village of Darling comes alive – not just with vibrant blooming daisies, but with one of South Africa’s most glamorous music festivals. Rocking the Daisies is an entirely different approach to the music festival space that encourages attendees to live an eco- friendly lifestyle. It is the biggest outdoor camping music festival in South Africa. Annually there are approximately 250 acts and 11 stages, which incorporate music, comedy, art and film. Promising a massive party and incredible big-name acts, this famed music fest is set to put a spring in your step. The party takes place at the Cloof Wine Estate in Darling every October, when thousands of tents are laid out next to large tracts of farmland that play host to giant stages, all of them filled with the best local and international music guests that the organisers can muster, resulting in a line-up that never fails to excite the crowd. The town of Darling itself comes alive with the influx of festival-goers during this “three-day weekend” in October. 

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week - Johannesburg

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week - Johannesburg

What started off as a just a fashion show has now become an annual lifestyle event that showcases the best of South African talent. From firm fashion favourites to emerging artists, the shows feature everything from glamorous garments, ready-to-wear pieces, wedding couture and the latest development in menswear. African Fashion International (AFI) was established as part of an unequivocal determination to propel and restore refined African fashion brands on the global stage. Apart from the established names in the business, the annual couture conference affords young designers the opportunity to dazzle audiences with their fresh ideas and share the runway with the elite crew of trendy exhibitors. Aside from checking out the competition, business-savvy fashionistas can also look forward to the much-anticipated conference where speakers give budding designers business advice and tips on how to stay relevant. This event takes place in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

R 100

Sun Grandwest Motorshow

Western Cape
R 100
Sun Grandwest Motorshow

The Sun Grandwest Motorshow is one of the biggest motorshows held in Cape Town. The showcase is a made up of the latest bikes, concept cars, trucks as well as food and family entertainment. This incredible event will get your engine revving with an impressive array of cars, bikes and trucks – from the vintage classics to modern exotics and big-rigs. Let your inner-child loose and run amok through the rows of slender speed machines and screaming engines. This year, you can expect a classic car section, an outdoor 4x4 area, a drifting zone, a bike zone and plenty of amazing engines to ogle. The organisers have arranged for drivers from SA and all over the world to come and show off their awesome tricks and quirks, making this a very unique opportunity for motor enthusiasts. This is a world-class, family-friendly event with live music and food stalls to keep the atmosphere vibrant and your stomach satisfied. 

R 30

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Western Cape
R 30
Cape Town International Jazz Festival

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is one of South Africa’s most coveted jazz platforms. It has won numerous awards over the years and has become the ultimate event to perform at for both international and local artists. Affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. The festival is an annual event famous for delivering a star-studded line-up. This proudly South African produced event is hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) each year, on the last weekend of March or the first weekend of April. The festival boasts five stages with more than 40 artists performing over two nights. The programming, unique to the CTIJF, is made up of a 50/50 split between South African artists and international artists respectively. It hosts in excess of 37 000 music lovers over the two show days.

R 1147

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz

Gauteng
R 1147
Standard Bank Joy of Jazz

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is held in Johannesburg each year, and showcases 35 performances on four stages in three days. It’s an initiative that seeks to contribute to social cohesion, economic growth and cultural tourism. The Joy of Jazz Festival presents a diverse range of jazz styles inclusive of the giants of jazz and the upcoming young artists. There is something for everyone in the line-up every year, which is truly inspirational. The show promises to bring audiences some exciting and innovative collaborations this year.

Knysna Oyster Festival

Western Cape
Knysna Oyster Festival

The Knysna Oyster Festival is the perfect combination of sport, food and family time. It consists of fun sports challenges, live entertainment, food and wine stalls. The festival offers a diverse programme of sport, gourmet offerings and family activities, and attracts more than 50 000 visitors to Knysna every year. The varied programme caters for all ages and interests. The BIG5 Sport Challenge is most certainly one of South Africa’s most scenic multi-disciplinary competitions, and it includes cycling, running, trail running, swimming and paddling. The Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour, as well as the Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon are two of the most popular events on the cycle and running calendars. Combine these with the iconic Featherbed Trail Run, the Momentum Health Oatwell, as well as a multiple events featuring oysters, wine and great food, and this is definitely one of the best options for your midyear break.

Whisky Live

Gauteng
Whisky Live

Whisky Live is an annual festival that focuses on whisky and its culture. It attracts approximately 20 000 people and offers a range of whisky tasting events year-round to suit every palate – from the “just curious” newcomer to the seasoned connoisseur, there is something for everyone. Whisky Live is celebrated in Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban - traditionally held in the first six months of the year. The world’s biggest event of its kind, the Whisky Live Festival is held annually in November in Sandton. This event is a whisky extravaganza in the truest sense of the word, with more than 10 000 people visiting the festival over three nights to sample new whiskies and purchase gift packs ahead of the festive season rush. Tickets go on sale from 1 October 2017

Macufe

Free State
Macufe

Macufe is a cultural-based festival that showcases a wide range of African arts and culture to the world. It is held in Bloemfontein every year. Macufe, the ten-day Mangaung African Cultural Festival, showcases the cream of African and international talent. It features jazz, gospel, kwaito, hip-hop, R&B, rock and classical music, as well as dance, drama, cabaret, musical theatre, poetry, fine art and traditional arts and crafts. First held in 1997 before an audience of 30 000, Macufe now attracts over 140 000 people from South Africa, Africa and the world. The festival is presented in late September and early October by the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State.

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