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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

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.

Tourist Arrivals

2016 Tourist arrival July

Tourist Arrivals
2016 Tourist arrival July

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 January

Tourist Arrivals
2016 Tourist arrival January

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 February

Tourist Arrivals
2016 Tourist arrival February

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

Northern Cape

Africa Day

Northern Cape
Africa Day

The 25th of May 2019 marks a momentous day on the African calendar, Africa Day.

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.

17 May 2019

Tourism Minister and Airbnb meet on proposed regulations for short-term home rentals

Press Release | 17 May 2019
Tourism Minister and Airbnb meet on proposed regulations for short-term home rentals

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom met with representatives of the global online accommodation-booking platform – Airbnb to discuss various policy issues, in particular the regulation of short-term home rentals. The meeting took place in the context of the current call for public comment on the Tourism Amendment Bill, published on 15 April 2019, to provide stakeholders an opportunity to make submissions.

05 May 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa cuts a slice of the Sho’t Left Travel Week Pie

Press Release | 05 May 2019
President Cyril Ramaphosa cuts a slice of the Sho’t Left Travel Week Pie

Sho’t Left Travel Week was launched at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019 on Thursday, 02 May. The campaign aims to get local travellers excited about exploring their own country by offering them the opportunity to buy discounted local deals and packages for one week only.

04 May 2019

Africa’s tourism is growing and still has untapped potential says Cyril Ramaphosa

Press Release | 04 May 2019
Africa’s tourism is growing and still has untapped potential says Cyril Ramaphosa

SOUTH AFRICA, Durban – Saturday, 4th May 2019: South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, ensured that Africa’s Travel Indaba ended in style when he attended the final day of the trade show at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, today.

04 May 2019

Imvelo Awards for Sustainable Tourism launch 2019

Press Release | 04 May 2019
Imvelo Awards for Sustainable Tourism launch 2019

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, 04 MAY, 2019: The announcement for the re-launch of the Imvelo Awards for Sustainable Tourism 2019, was made this morning at Africa’s Trade Indaba. The awards recognizes tourism and hospitality businesses that make a real, measurable and sustained contribution to responsible tourism.

04 May 2019

South Africa voted best safari experience in Africa

Press Release | 04 May 2019
South Africa voted best safari experience in Africa

South Africa has been named best safari experience in Africa by the Safari Awards Africa 2019.

04 May 2019

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at Africa's Travel Indaba

Speech | 04 May 2019
Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at Africa's Travel Indaba

As the global citizens that we all are, we are physically separated by borders whichever part of the world we come from. We are however united by our affinity and our love for this great continent Africa, the cradle of humankind.

03 May 2019

Afro-Brazilians urged to travel and connect with Africa

Press Release | 03 May 2019
Afro-Brazilians urged to travel and connect with Africa

More people are travelling the globe than ever before. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation estimated that 1.4-billion people flew overseas, which is a 6% increase from the previous years. But black travellers make up just few of those numbers, which, for Thainá Santos, is a problem to be rectified for. The 22-year-old Brazilian researcher and tourism graduate of the University of São Paulo was at Africa’s Travel Indaba Business Talks to present her findings on tourism trends and Afro-Brazilian travellers.

03 May 2019

Education and skills key to rural communities benefitting from wildlife

Press Release | 03 May 2019
Education and skills key to rural communities benefitting from wildlife

SOUTH AFRICA, Durban – Friday, 3 May, 2019: Are rural communities benefitting from nearby wildlife reserves? This is a debate that remains ongoing, but experts believe programmes that punt such rural beneficiation are working, albeit in different ways.

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