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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.

21 September 2021

Netflix study: South African content creates deeper cultural affinity, potentially drives tourism

Press Release | 21 September 2021
Netflix study: South African content creates deeper cultural affinity, potentially drives tourism

Today Netflix announced the launch of the Made in South Africa content collection - a curated collection featuring over 80 South African films, series, documentaries and reality TV shows created by some of the country’s most prolific talent both behind and in front of the camera. The collection highlights South African storytellers and talent who have elevated South Africa’s creative industry recognition around the world.

21 September 2021

Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit ushers in a new kind of travel for the continent

Press Release | 21 September 2021
Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit ushers in a new kind of travel for the continent

Africa’s Travel and Tourism has proven to be the continent’s catalyst to usher in a new kind of travel – one that is increasing the value of community and rural tourism. The Summit, tourism role-players can be sure that the industry will emerge with fresh actionable ideas after more than a year of latency. The Summit lived up to its theme of “Re-awakening Africa,” with fresh actionable ideas emerging from three days of robust discussions.

21 September 2021

Youth-led tourism businesses ushering in new COVID-era tourism

Press Release | 21 September 2021
Youth-led tourism businesses ushering in new COVID-era tourism

Youth-led tourism businesses are bringing fresh ideas to the industry that could be the mainstay for the future. The second day of Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit opened with a roundtable discussion on youth in tourism and ethical travel. Speaking on the panel, dynamic hospitality entrepreneur Kim Whitaker said that the industry would need to reimagine youth inclusion. “It’s as if we have to say ‘I’m standing up and I’m ready to take charge.’”

21 September 2021

Despite Covid-19, tenacious Africa is open for business

Press Release | 21 September 2021
Despite Covid-19, tenacious Africa is open for business

With the third wave of the Coronavirus waning in Africa, the time is right for Africa’s tourism industry to make a comeback and there is no better way that to start with Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit. The Summit opened on Monday, 20th September 2021 with delegates and speakers joining both physically and virtually from Johannesburg, Durban and Lagos.

21 September 2021

Africa's Travel and Tourism Summit: Talented local artisans and SMMEs featured at the Sustainability Village

Africa's Travel and Tourism Summit: Talented local artisans and SMMEs featured at the Sustainability Village

South African Tourism is continually looking at ways to create market access for SMMEs and to ensure inclusive growth, which is why they are hosting a digital Sustainability Village at Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit on 20 and 21 September. The Sustainability Village is a dynamic corporate gifting option for delegates. Instead of the traditional corporate gifts, South African Tourism will give gift vouchers to delegates, allowing them to select and buy their own gifts from the vendors thus giving business to these crafters.

20 September 2021

Improved transport infrastructure needed for free movement of goods and people in Africa

Press Release | 20 September 2021
Improved transport infrastructure needed for free movement of goods and people in Africa

Africa’s 54 states are home to some 1.38-billion people. It should be simple for people to move freely across the continent. Yet, mobility still remains Africa’s biggest challenge to date. Speaking on improving mobility and addressing barriers to travel at Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit on 20th September, Deputy Minister, Fish Mahlalela said current transport infrastructure needs to be improved for it to play a role in building a sustainable tourism industry.” Mobility is both a means and a product. Without transportation there will not be a travel and tourism industry. We will need to improve infrastructure across continent to make travel efficient and reliable.”

20 September 2021

SMEs — the future pioneers of a new tourism sector

Press Release | 20 September 2021
SMEs — the future pioneers of a new tourism sector

Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit is just around the corner and it promises to be the continent’s most exciting gathering of tourism stakeholders yet. There is no better way to kick-start the event than by dedicating a day to empower Future Pioneers and Game Changers in the tourism sector.

20 September 2021

Minister Sisulu addressing red list with UK high commissioner a step in right direction for tourism in South Africa

Minister Sisulu addressing red list with UK high commissioner a step in right direction for tourism in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, MONDAY, 20th SEPTEMBER 2021: Recently appointed Minister of Tourism, Lindiwe Sisulu, has brought a bit of respite to the issue around South Africa being red listed on the UK’s traffic light system for travellers.

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