R340M TOURISM TRANSFORMATION FUND LAUNCHED

In efforts to facilitate meaningful transformation in the tourism sector, the South African Department of Tourism and the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) have launched the Tourism Transformation Fund.

The fund is dedicated to providing financial support to black businesses and initiatives to bring about meaningful transformation in the tourism sector.

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Speaking to City Press in the last quarter of 2017, then Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa announced plans for a tourism fund, which would see R340 million distributed over 3 years.

The funding was generated from a combination of the government’s “savings, loans from…
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R340M TOURISM TRANSFORMATION FUND LAUNCHED

SAA & SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM INSPIRE CUSTOMERS WITH MANDELA LEGACY

JOHANNESBURG. 7 May 2018. South African Airways (SAA) has joined hands with SA Tourism to inspire customers with the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Copies of one of Madiba’s favourite books Dare not Linger co-written by him and South African writer Mandla Langa, were handed out to customers travelling to Durban as lead up to the Nelson Mandela Centenary which marks the year in which Mandela would have turned a 100 years old.

The Nelson Mandela Centenary is set to take center stage at the 2018 Africa Travel Indaba that runs from 8 to 10 May at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre.

“SAA and SA Tourism have long been…
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SAA & SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM INSPIRE CUSTOMERS WITH MANDELA LEGACY

How SA Tourism plans to make domestic travel more accessible

South African Tourism is set to launch a world-first product to stimulate domestic tourism and it will soon be available online.

Good Times in a Box was introduced at the Tourism Indaba, and aims to make travel more accessible to the potentially lucrative domestic market, which remains relatively untapped. This is largely because many South Africans haven’t considered travelling for leisure, because they can’t afford to or it isn’t something they associate with entertainment – they travel only for business reasons or to visit friends and relatives.

Good Times in a Box addresses these perceptions by curating a range of…
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How SA Tourism plans to make domestic travel more accessible

Wedding tourism spikes as Indian Couples say “I do” in SA

While South Africa is known for it’s safari escapes and adventure holidays, 2016 saw a sharp increase in Indian travellers visiting the country to say their vows. Nearly 81,500 Indian tourists visited SA till October 2016, resulting in a 27% increase being recorded for the year, with a further increase expected for the year 2017.

These travellers, mostly from south India in areas such as Chennai, visited the country for leisure purposes, while others made up a extensive wedding parties. The Western Cape is the most popular place where brides and groomsmen from India want to have their weddings, with chartered families…
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Wedding tourism spikes as Indian Couples say “I do” in SA

SA Tourism to relax travel conditions for Nigerian Families

During a gathering in Lagos made up of travel and tourism industry practitioners, South African Tourism (SAT) head, Sisa Ntshona, shared the department’s plans to relax some of the conditions through which Nigerian families travel to South Africa, emphasising the importance of SAT investing in the Nigerian tourism market as it is important to the South African tourism sector.

This is an effort to make travel easier for genuine Nigerian families travelling to the country together with their children. The unabridged birth certificate, introduced by the Department of Home Affairs in 2014, was aimed at curbing child tracking, but had unfavourable consequences with it restricting travel to…
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SA Tourism to relax travel conditions for Nigerian Families

Durban is ready for INDABA 2016

Durban's gorgeous Golden Mile. Image by Ndalo Media.

Durban’s gorgeous Golden Mile. Image by Ndalo Media.

It’s that time of the year again, as the city of Durban prepares to welcome the onslaught of tourism product-owners, industry leaders, exhibitors, bloggers, media, travel professionals from all around the country and from the African continent as well as local and international buyers.

The annual Travel INDABA, hosted by South African Tourism, runs from 7 to 9 May at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC) and Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC) and…
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