SA Tourism has revealed a ‘five in five’ marketing strategy aimed at increasing tourism numbers to our country by five million in the next five years, four million tourists to be international and one million domestic, reports SA Tourism Update.
More than a year since the introduction of the first onerous Visa Regulations in June last year, an Inter-Ministerial Committee chaired by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced changes to the regulations, tremendous news for the Tourism industry.
The new improved revised Visa regulations: Continue reading →
* Good news from ratings agency Moody’s is that our country is unlikely to go into recession this year, and is not likely to be downgraded until the end of 2016! It did warn however that our economy is slowed down by a number of factors, and that our country would average 2% growth in the same period.
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* Despite the Rand reaching its lowest level ever to the Pound, at just over R20, and weakening further against the Dollar, no positive impact of the exchange rate is visible in terms of tourism enquiries from the UK and the USA!
* SA Tourism CEO Thulani Nzimi has advised the tourism industry Continue reading →
* SATSA CEO David Frost is concerned about the Department of Home Affairs misleading the tourism industry with incorrect arrival statistics from Statistics South Africa. The Department is using apple-and-pear data (2013 figures inclusive of transit passengers and 2014 figures excluding them), to try to prove that factors other than the new Continue reading →
* International tourist arrivals increased by 4% between January and April this year, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) World Tourism Barometer. In the same period international tourism arrivals in our country decreased by 7%, and those to Africa by 6%, largely due to Ebola in the case of the latter, Continue reading →
* The Department of Home Affairs has ‘rubbished‘ the claim of SATSA (SA Tourism Service Association) that it is seeing a decline in airline ticket sales to our country of 30%, saying that the association is only trying to ‘cause confusion‘. SATSA CEO David Frost has described the Department’s reaction to the decline as ‘insulting’. The Department has stated that its priority is the safety of children, and not tourism!
* Qatar Airways will be increasing the frequency of its flights to Cape Town, offering daily flights to Cape Town in summer and in winter. Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy welcomed the larger number of travelers Continue reading →
Despite the tourism industry being up in arms about the implementation of the Immigration Regulations pertaining to children travelers, which are effective from today, Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom has been silent about the matter, which he was asked to address twelve month ago already when he became the Minister of Tourism.
The new regulations prescribe that children under the age of 18 years have to travel with an unabridged birth certificate, which must specify the names of both parents. Travelers (adults and children) from countries for which visa applications have to be made, such as India and China, must apply in person, so that biometric details can be Continue reading →
* International airline traffic in November 2014 grew by 3,6% on the year prior, the same level of growth as in October. Travel within Europe grew at a somewhat faster rate, especially to Asian countries.
* The International Monetary Fund has downscaled its forecast for the growth of our country’s economy this year to 2,1%, mainly due to strikes, weak demand, and electricity loadshedding. The growth projection for next year has been downscaled from 2,8 to 2,5%.
* Statistics South Africa has not issued tourism arrival figures since March 2014, awaiting data from the Continue reading →
* Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom said that he does not have the power to change the new Immigration Regulations which come into effect on 1 October, when he addressed the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) this weekend. He admitted that ‘new regulations could have unintended, negative consequences for the tourism industry‘! However, the new regulations are the responsibility of the Department of Home Affairs, he said. Some concessions have been made by the Department, including that the unabridged birth certificates of child travelers no longer have to be translated into English, and that more visa application centres (in India and China in particular) will be created. Fortunately tourists from Europe, the UK, and USA do not require visas to travel to our country, and are therefore not affected. Tourism consultancy Grant Thornton is to conduct a study to measure the impact on Tourism of the new regulations.
* Cape Town has been rated as 8th friendly international city, while Johannesburg has been ranked as the most unfriendly city in the world by Conde Nast Traveler! Auckland and Melbourne were jointly voted as the most friendly cities in Continue reading →