Tourism contributes greatly to economy
Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa on Tuesday said the South African tourism sector had contributed greatly toward moving the country out of a recession. “Tourism is a significant and critical sector in our economy as it contributes positively to the trade balance through foreign exchange receipts, sustains 700 000 direct... Read more
Free entry at national parks
Tourism Month is in full swing, with the South African National Park (SANParks) once again opening its doors for free from Monday, 18 September until Friday, 22 September. The initiative is part of the annual South African National Parks Week. The campaign is held under the running theme ‘Know... Read more
Economic crunch knocks domestic tourism
Statistician General Pali Lehohla on Monday released the Domestic Tourism Survey 2016 report, which shows a dip in domestic tourism over the past two years. According to the report, the total number of day trips decreased from 44.3 million in 2015 to 39.4 million in 2016. Addressing the media... Read more
New York City, Cape Town collaboration to boost travel
NYC & Company, the City’s official destination marketing organization, today joined Cape Town Tourism to sign a first-ever city-to-city partnership to boost tourism between Cape Town and New York City. This is the first agreement of its kind NYC & Company has signed with a destination marketing organization on... Read more
President Zuma to launch Western Cape Invest SA office
President Jacob Zuma is expected to officially launch Invest SA one-stop shop in the Western Cape next week. In a joint statement on Thursday, the Department of Trade and Industry, Western Cape provincial government and the Western Cape Investment and Trade and Promotion Agency (Wesgro) said the President will... Read more
Government creating enabling environment for growth
Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa says the government is doing everything it can to create an enabling environment that will assist industry growth and contribute to jobs. Minister Xasa said tourism supports an estimated 700 000 jobs in South Africa and contributes 3% to gross domestic product (GDP) directly. Speaking... Read more
Draft tourism strategy under the spotlight
Tourism industry role players have met with Minister Tokozile Xasa to share their views on the Draft National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS). Hosted in Johannesburg on Monday, the consultative session was aimed at soliciting inputs, as well as stimulating the public and private sectors to ensure alignment and sharing... Read more
Cape Town Tourism goes inclusive with community
The road to inclusivity is a sensitive one. The “bull in a china shop” approach is one that can announce your presence but it can also lead to lasting damage. So says Enver Mally, Chairperson of Cape Town Tourism. Instead, Mally states, engagement must follow a consultative process that... Read more
NW to grade tourism establishments for free
The North West Department of Tourism has entered into an agreement with the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) to grade establishments at a cost to the department. “We will be grading 100 tourism establishments within the Villages, Township and Small Dorpies (VTSD) areas for free,” North West... Read more
SA gets ninth World Heritage Site
Inscribed as the ninth World Heritage Site in South Africa, the ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape has been added to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) prestigious list of sites. The area, which has now been recognised by UNESCO as a site of universal value, covers the entire... Read more