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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 SA
Welcome SA 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.

Tourist Arrivals

2016 Tourist arrival December

Tourist Arrivals
2016 Tourist arrival December

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 August

Tourist Arrivals
2016 Tourist arrival August

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 April

Tourist Arrivals
2016 Tourist arrival April

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

2015 Tourist arrival November

Tourist Arrivals
2015 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

2015 Tourist arrival May

Tourist Arrivals
2015 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

2015 Tourist arrival March

Tourist Arrivals
2015 Tourist arrival March

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

2015 Tourist arrival June

Tourist Arrivals
2015 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

2015 Tourist arrival July

Tourist Arrivals
2015 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

2015 Tourist arrival January

Tourist Arrivals
2015 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

2015 Tourist arrival February

Tourist Arrivals
2015 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.

Tourist Arrivals

2015 Tourist arrival December

Tourist Arrivals
2015 Tourist arrival December

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

2015 Tourist arrival August

Tourist Arrivals
2015 Tourist arrival August

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

2015 Tourist arrival April

Tourist Arrivals
2015 Tourist arrival April

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.

Country

2015 East & West African tourist market insights

Country
2015 East & West African tourist market insights

This booklet is designed to help market South Africa in East and West African countries. The foundation of the report sits on research conducted by South African Tourism in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in 2015.

Annual Tourism Performance

2015 Annual Tourism Report

Annual Tourism Performance
2015 Annual Tourism Report

This consolidated report prepared by the Strategic Research Unit provides a review of the performance of the tourism sector against the South African Tourism mandate.

Tourist Arrivals

2014 Tourist arrival October

Tourist Arrivals
2014 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 2013 figures won't match the previously published figures as we exclude Transit tourist.

Events

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.

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

Mzansi Lodge

Limpopo
Mzansi Lodge

Mzansi Lodge

Karibu Leisure Resort and Conference Centre

Limpopo
Karibu Leisure Resort and Conference Centre

Karibu Leisure Resort and Conference Centre

NMN GRAND HOTEL

Limpopo
NMN GRAND HOTEL

NMN GRAND HOTEL

9b Loader Street

Western Cape
9b Loader Street

9b Loader Street

Wits University - E.O.H Residence

Gauteng
Wits University - E.O.H Residence

Wits University - E.O.H Residence

Garden Court Mossel Bay

Western Cape
Garden Court Mossel Bay

Garden Court Mossel Bay

Marine Manor

Western Cape
Marine Manor

Marine Manor

Bersheba River Lodge

Free State
Bersheba River Lodge

Bersheba River Lodge

Thokomala Guest House

Gauteng
Thokomala Guest House

Thokomala Guest House

Green Olive Guest house

Western Cape
Green Olive Guest house

Green Olive Guest house

Zororo Lodge

Limpopo
Zororo Lodge

Zororo Lodge

Gallimore Guest Lodge

Gauteng
Gallimore Guest Lodge

Gallimore Guest Lodge

Lyon Paradise

North West
Lyon Paradise

Lyon Paradise

Sikhumbule Nathi Guesthouse

Eastern Cape
Sikhumbule Nathi Guesthouse

Sikhumbule Nathi Guesthouse

In the City - Apartment Terry

Western Cape
In the City - Apartment Terry

In the City - Apartment Terry

Ridgeworth Boutique Guesthouse

Western Cape
Ridgeworth Boutique Guesthouse

Ridgeworth Boutique Guesthouse

Baobab Ridge Private Lodge

Limpopo
Baobab Ridge Private Lodge

Baobab Ridge Private Lodge

The Sunbird Guesthouse

KwaZulu-Natal
The Sunbird Guesthouse

The Sunbird Guesthouse

Southern Sun Montecasino

Gauteng
Southern Sun Montecasino

Southern Sun Montecasino

Newington Place

Eastern Cape
Newington Place

Newington Place

The Milking Parlour

Eastern Cape
The Milking Parlour

The Milking Parlour

Amalfi Hotel

Western Cape
Amalfi Hotel

Amalfi Hotel

20 August 2018

South African Tourism welcomes media from around the world in celebration of the Mandela Centenary

South African Tourism welcomes media from around the world in celebration of the Mandela Centenary

As part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations, South African Tourism will host 17 journalists from around the world later this week. The journalists will get a first-hand experience of attractions, key landmarks and sites that formed part of his life as they look into walk in the footsteps of the late former president. These visitors from countries such as Spain, Italy, India, Brazil, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Australia, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands will visit, amongst other places, the Apartheid Museum; the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory; the award-winning heritage site Liliesleaf; the Union buildings in Pretoria; the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Kwa Zulu-Natal; Madiba’s birth province in the Eastern Cape and the Drakenstein Correctional Services in the Western Cape.

20 August 2018

Sho’t Left Travel Week Highlights World Tourism Month

Press Release | 20 August 2018
Sho’t Left Travel Week Highlights World Tourism Month

Sho’t Left Travel Week Highlights World Tourism Month – Domestic Tourism to benefit from new exciting initiative South Africans keen to explore the sights and sounds of their own country will have a great opportunity to get their hands on exciting local travel deals next month. The Sho’t Left Travel Week was one of the key highlights announced at the launch of World Tourism Month this morning at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn, Eastern Cape. The Eastern Cape will be the host province for World Tourism Month which falls in September with World Tourism Day taking place in Mthatha on 27 September 2018.

25 July 2018

South Africa welcomes more tourists from the rest of the African continent!

South Africa welcomes more tourists from the rest of the African continent!

South Africa continues to be an attractive tourist destination for travelers from across the world, with the latest figures showing an increase of 2.7% for the first five months of 2018 compared to the first five months of 2017.

25 July 2018

SA Heritage & Tourism Festival | Voortrekker Monument

Press Release | 25 July 2018
SA Heritage & Tourism Festival | Voortrekker Monument

FESTIVAL: Celebrate our colours, stories & beauty. We have a responsibility to acknowledge, celebrate, conserve & protect our cultures & heritage.

25 July 2018

Exhibitor registration open | Africa Travel Indaba 2019

Press Release | 25 July 2018
Exhibitor registration open | Africa Travel Indaba 2019

Exhibitor registrations for the African continent’s largest tourism trade show, Africa’s Travel Indaba, are open for 2019 - secure your spot!

05 July 2018

Judges announced for the Lilizela Tourism Awards 2018

News | 05 July 2018
Judges announced for the Lilizela Tourism Awards 2018

Judges announced for the Lilizela Tourism Awards 2018

27 June 2018

‘Learn SA Roadshow’ to make Middle East debut for SA Tourism

‘Learn SA Roadshow’ to make Middle East debut for SA Tourism

Connections, engagement and showcasing South Africa’s diverse tourist offerings will be on the cards at the inaugural ‘Learn SA Roadshow’ in the Middle East.

26 June 2018

SA Tourism travel trade workshops in Beijing, Chongqing and Shenzhen

SA Tourism travel trade workshops in Beijing, Chongqing and Shenzhen

South African Tourism travel trade workshops with top tour operators in Beijing, Chongqing & Shenzhen re-affirming premium destination for Chinese travelers.

22 June 2018

The Hotel Show Africa 2018 set to introduce attendees to a new era of hospitality

The Hotel Show Africa 2018 set to introduce attendees to a new era of hospitality

The Hotel Show Africa 2018, taking place from the 24th to the 26th of June 2018 at The Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, will be introducing owners, operators and managers of hotels, restaurants, cruise liners, resorts, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs from around the continent to a new era of hospitality. The sector is one of the fastest-growing and most vibrant within Africa’s economy and has significant potential to create jobs, uplift inclusive economic growth across the continent and reduce poverty, according to PwC’s Hospitality outlook: 2017-2021.

14 June 2018

Seasonal rains and water measures renew confidence in Cape Town tourism

Press Release | 14 June 2018
Seasonal rains and water measures renew confidence in Cape Town tourism

Seasonal Cape Town rains and water sustainability measures renew confidence in city tourism growth and opportunity.

12 June 2018

Registrations for Meetings Africa 2019 Now Open

Press Release | 12 June 2018
Registrations for Meetings Africa 2019 Now Open

Monday, 4 June 2018, JOHANNESBURG: Registration for Africa’s premier business events trade show is now open. South Africa’s travel tourism products and services in the Meetings Incentive, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) sector can now register to exhibit at Meetings Africa 2019, which takes place from the 25th to the 27th of February at the Sandton Convention Centre.

29 May 2018

THUMBS UP FOR JOBURG – AS IT MAKES TRIPADVISOR’S LIST OF TOP 10 DESTINATIONS IN AFRICA!

THUMBS UP FOR JOBURG – AS IT MAKES TRIPADVISOR’S LIST OF TOP 10 DESTINATIONS IN AFRICA!

The Joburg Tourism team is thrilled that destination Johannesburg has made TripAdvisor’s top ten list in the Travelers’ Choice Awards for Best Destinations in Africa.

25 May 2018

2018 BASSLINE FESTIVAL – CELEBRATING AFRICA DAY

Press Release | 25 May 2018
2018 BASSLINE FESTIVAL – CELEBRATING AFRICA DAY

With Africa month in full swing, we are on the brink of Africa day on 25 May 2018 – and what better way to express African dynamism, promote social cohesion, anti-xenophobia, arts, culture and tourism than through the Bassline Jazz Club?

22 May 2018

JOBURG TOURISM’S CONVENTION BUREAU CELEBRATES DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT IN CITY’S ICCA RANKINGS

JOBURG TOURISM’S CONVENTION BUREAU CELEBRATES DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT IN CITY’S ICCA RANKINGS

Joburg Tourism’s Convention Bureau team is delighted with the City’s improved International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) rankings, a development worthy of celebration!

22 May 2018

South Africa voted as the Best International Destination for Wildlife in 2018 by Lonely Planet India readers

Press Release | 22 May 2018
South Africa voted as the Best International Destination for Wildlife in 2018 by Lonely Planet India readers

South Africa voted as the Best International Destination for Wildlife in 2018 by Lonely Planet India readers

15 May 2018

South Africa showcases to the world at IMEX Frankfurt 2018

Press Release | 15 May 2018
South Africa showcases to the world at IMEX Frankfurt 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa: This week, 28 South African exhibitors, led by Deputy Minister of Tourism Elizabeth Thabethe and South African Tourism’s Chief Convention Bureau Officer, Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, will be serving up an enticing taste of South Africa’s vast business events industry offering at IMEX Frankfurt, one of the world’s largest business events trade shows. Amongst the exhibitors are the city of Cape Town which recently claimed the top spot as the number one city in Africa for hosting international association meetings by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). South Africa still remains the top ranked destination in Africa and the Middle East by ICCA.

10 May 2018

Announcement of the National Tourism Visitor Information System (NTVIS)

Press Release | 10 May 2018
Announcement of the National Tourism Visitor Information System (NTVIS)

Amadeus and South Africa’s tourism industry in innovative private-public collaboration, for transformational growth of tourism in South Africa Amadeus IT Group today announced a historic initiative that will see the creation of a new model for public-private collaboration in the tourism industry in South Africa. This partnership will initially develop a new, National Tourism Visitor Information System (NTVIS). In addition, a new Travel and Tourism Training Academy will be established to accelerate skills development and create career opportunities for young South Africans in the industry.

08 May 2018

Minister Derek Hanekom opens Africa's Travel Indaba - An African showcase to the world

Press Release | 08 May 2018
Minister Derek Hanekom opens Africa's Travel Indaba - An African showcase to the world

Opening the 2018 Africa’s Travel Indaba national minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, called it the “greatest Indaba of all time” because of the 1 747 buyers from all over the world, 1 120 exhibitors showcasing a range and diversity of products from the continent, and no less than 22 African countries and 80 countries globally represented at this year’s travel trade show. Africa’s Travel Indaba runs for the next three days, from 8 to 10 May at the Durban ICC in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). It is the largest travel trade show in Africa and one of the top three on the global calendar.

08 May 2018

Africa’s Travel Indaba welcome address by Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom

Speech | 08 May 2018
Africa’s Travel Indaba welcome address by Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom

Welcome address by Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom at Africa’s Travel Indaba at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban on Tuesday 8 May 2018

08 May 2018

Telling our own stories

Press Release | 08 May 2018
Telling our own stories

This year’s Africa’s Travel Indaba BONDay sessions highlighted that while Africa needs to tell stories about itself, these must not be the stereotypical view of the continent.

08 May 2018

Africa’s Travel Indaba gets a taste of Madiba Magic

Press Release | 08 May 2018
Africa’s Travel Indaba gets a taste of Madiba Magic

In celebration of African art, song and memory, renowned South African playwright and artistic director of the Market Theatre, James Ngcobo, has produced a stellar showcase of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in celebration of the former statesman’s 100th birthday.

07 May 2018

African Ministers meet to discuss integrated regional tourism

Press Release | 07 May 2018
African Ministers meet to discuss integrated regional tourism

Tourism Ministers from several African Countries have called for greater regional cooperation to ensure growth in tourism across the continent. This emerged at the fifth African Ministerial Session hosted by South African Minister of Tourism Mr. Derek Hanekom in Durban on the eve of Africa’s Travel Indaba. This session aimed to lay a foundation for an integrated and sustainable tourism framework for the region.

03 May 2018

South African Tourism North America celebrates Mandela Centenary Celebrations at Africa's Travel Indaba with 100

Press Release | 03 May 2018
South African Tourism North America celebrates Mandela Centenary Celebrations at Africa's Travel Indaba with 100

One hundred travel agents, media and trade partners will travel from North America to be a part of Africa’s Travel Indaba which kicks off in Durban, next week. The delegates will join in the Mandela Centenary Celebrations set to take center stage at this year’s Africa Travel Indaba.

02 May 2018

Delegates from 80 countries are coming to Africa’s Travel Indaba 2018!

Press Release | 02 May 2018
Delegates from 80 countries are coming to Africa’s Travel Indaba 2018!

With under a week to go before Africa’s Travel Indaba 2018 gets underway, the registrations from exhibitors, buyers and media are looking very promising for Africa’s top travel trade show. In total more than 6000 representatives from 80 countries around the world will be converging at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre from Monday 7th May 2018. The trade show, which is the biggest and longest running African travel trade show on the planet, is an anchor event on the business calendar. “It’s fair to say that good business concluded at this show can translate into measurable economic growth for the entire continent,” says Sisa Ntshona, CEO of South African Tourism, the organisers of the annual trade show.

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