The Tourism Business Council of SA (TBCSA) says it expects visitor numbers to the country to grow significantly with the scrapping of the PCR-test requirement for fully vaccinated travelers.

The council says it has been in conversation with Government for months now to make this much-needed adjustment to its pandemic regulations.

CEO Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa spoke to ENCA and says most neighbouring countries, such as Namibia and Kenya have done away with this rule long before South Africa.

He says this has allowed these countries’ tourism sectors to start recovering in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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South Africa must ready itself to welcome tourists and visitors from a range of new, non-traditional markets as the Covid-19 pandemic wanes.

This, according to SA Tourism’s acting CEO, Themba Khumalo who announced that the 16th Meetings Africa tourism event has been confirmed for 28 February in Johannesburg.

Khumalo says with travelers itching to travel again South Africa could see many people, who have never paid the country a visit, now traveling here for business or leisure.

He says business travelers should also be encouraged to extend their stays to enjoy the country’s tourist attractions.

Read more on the 2022 Meetings Africa event here.

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Cape Town’s tourism sector is looking positive. This is despite the many obstacles, including recent travel bans and the Omicron variant putting a damper on visitor bookings to the Mother City.

The team at Cape Town International Airport says it expects over 19 000 passengers and 180 flights will be processed daily in the week before Christmas.

TravelStart says that over 25 000 flights have been booked through its system for December alone.

Mayco member for Economic Growth, James Vos says: “In the coming year, I will place even greater effort into tourism enterprise growth. An example is the expanded rollout of the Neighbourhood Experience Development training manual, a practical guide that includes guidance on guest management and business operations.”

Vos has been out and about in the Mother City to check on visitor number and experiences and was recently at the Cape Town Tourism’s (CTT) Visitor Experience Centres.

He said: “I was pleased to hear that the Centres’ teams have engaged with thousands of local visitors, a plain and clear sign of the success of our Pocket-Friendly domestic tourism campaign which was launched just over two weeks ago. These Centres are indicative of the service offering of CTT, Cape Town’s official Destination Marketing Organisation, which is funded by the City.”

The campaign is a partnership between CTT and Travelstart, Safarinow and Club Travel booking platforms that are offering locals discounts on flights, accommodation and experiences.

 

The City of Cape Town’s destination marketing campaign was launched this week.

The campaign is aimed at encouraging overseas visitors to visit The Mother City again.

The campaign will see Cape Town’s beauty and attractions advertised at bus stops, subway stations and other locations around Munich, London and New York.

Mayoral Committee member for Economic Opportunities, James Vos.

He says the Covid-19 pandemic had a sever negative effect on the City’s tourism sector.

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The Department of Tourism says applications for the next round of the Tourism Transformation Fund (TTF) and Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) are now open.

The applications officially opened on 1 October.

Departmental spokesperson, Blessing Manale says the TTF is aimed at assisting small and medium-sized, black-owned tourism businesses expand and grow their operations.

He says businesses can also now submit their applications for the Green Tourism Incentive Programme.

The funding, in collaboration with the Industrial Development Corporation, will provide funding to tourism business who want to make their operations “greener” and more environmentally sustainable.

To apply and get more information, click here.

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