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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 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.

Tourist Arrivals

2016 Tourist arrival June

Tourist Arrivals
2016 Tourist arrival June

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.

26 April 2021

My Octopus Teacher Oscar win great boost for South Africa

Press Release | 26 April 2021
My Octopus Teacher Oscar win great boost for South Africa

South African excellence was on display at the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles last night with the acclaimed Netflix documentary, My Octopus Teacher, winning an Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature Category. The documentary is set in the False Bay area in Cape Town and focusses on the intimate relationship between, independent film maker, Craig Foster and an Octopus, coming together in the Atlantic Ocean.

30 March 2021

South African Tourism and Qatar Airways host trade webinar, highlighting South Africa’s readiness to welcome back travellers

Press Release | 30 March 2021
South African Tourism and Qatar Airways host trade webinar, highlighting South Africa’s readiness to welcome back travellers

In efforts to aid the recovery of the global tourism sector, South African Tourism and Qatar Airways, hosted a webinar featuring over 300 global trade partners. Focused on showcasing the work that both South African Tourism and Qatar Airways are doing to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector, the webinar also aimed to engage with global trade to ensure alignment of efforts whilst emphasizing the commitment of both South African Tourism and Qatar Airways.

29 March 2021

SA Tourism and Netflix SA forms a collaboration with South Africa as the Star

Press Release | 29 March 2021
SA Tourism and Netflix SA forms a collaboration with South Africa as the Star

In a partnership that can best be described as aiming for the stars, South African Tourism (SA Tourism) and Netflix, the world’s leading streaming service have agreed to explore joint opportunities that will benefit both organizations to showcase stories made in South Africa, and watched by the world.

23 March 2021

South African Tourism is committed to growing smaller businesses and Rural Tourism!

Press Release | 23 March 2021
South African Tourism is committed to growing smaller businesses and Rural Tourism!

South Africa has a wide variety of accommodation establishments that cater for the varying needs of both domestic and international travellers.  As the custodian of quality assurance and service excellence, the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA), a business unit of South African Tourism, has rolled out the pilot phase of the Basic Quality Verification (BQV) programme, in the Eastern Cape.

11 March 2021

SA Tourism is committed to contributing towards the recovery of the sector

Press Release | 11 March 2021
SA Tourism is committed to contributing towards the recovery of the sector

South African Tourism through its business unit, Tourism Grading Council of South Africa continues to create a platform for new and existing tourism products to showcase themselves to local and international tour operators, with the aim of building a quality visitor experience through Virtual Speed Marketing sessions. Speed Marketing is a market access platform created to provide tourism businesses an opportunity to interact and forge business relationships between products and buyers (Tour operators and DMCs who are already packaging and selling the destination or have interest in doing so).

24 February 2021

Google & SA Tourism partner, launch ‘South Africa: An Explorer’s Paradise

Press Release | 24 February 2021
Google & SA Tourism partner, launch ‘South Africa: An Explorer’s Paradise

Google Arts & Culture (GAC) and SA Tourism today announced South Africa: An Explorer’s Paradise, an online exhibition where visitors from all over the world can explore South Africa through a collection of 500 images and videos, 55 Street Views and 20 exhibits. This is the first phase in a long-term collaboration to celebrate South Africa’s diverse people, its rich cultural heritage and its breathtaking landscapes.

17 February 2021

Qatar Airways Expands South Africa Network with Increase of Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg Frequencies

Press Release | 17 February 2021
Qatar Airways Expands South Africa Network with Increase of Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg Frequencies

Cape Town will increase to seven weekly flights, Durban increased to three weekly flights, while Johannesburg increased to 18 weekly flights, offering passengers more flexible and reliable travel options By March 2021, Qatar Airways will operate 28 weekly flights from South Africa Airline’s young mixed fleet of sustainable aircraft has enabled it to continue flying throughout the pandemic and rebuild its global network to more than 800 weekly flights to over 120 destinations via the Best Airport in the Middle East

16 February 2021

TGCSA Graded establishments geared to receive guests

Press Release | 16 February 2021
TGCSA Graded establishments geared to receive guests

South African accommodation establishments are geared up to receive guests in a safe and responsible manner, in line with the COVID-19 health and safety protocols. A health and safety protocols study conducted by the South African Tourism (SA Tourism) Insights and Analytics team and the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) has shown that 95% of graded establishment were confident with their level of implementation of the COVID-19 Protocols.

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