Call to Delay New Immigration Regulations

The South African Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) has asked the Department of Home Affairs to delay implementing the requirement of an unabridged birth certificate to fly with children.

In a press statement, the organisation’s chief executive officer, Frans Cronjé, warns that the ‘onerous’ new travel regulations‚ which come into effect within a month‚ will harm South Africa’s tourism industry.

NGO Slams Hotel for Mocking the Poor

The United Kingdom-based Winnie Mabaso Foundation, which works with impoverished children in South Africa, has joined a growing chorus of international disdain against Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa in Bloemfontein, which has been luring wealthy guests with the promise of an ‘experience of a lifetime’.

In an open letter this week, Lisa Ashton, who founded the Foundation with late Johannesburg charity worker, Winnie Mabaso, lambasted Emoya for the ‘obscene experience’ it offers.

Zim: Vic Falls Belongs To Us Not SA

South Africa must stop advertising Victoria Falls as its own destination, as Zimbabwe is losing out in terms of tourism revenues, deputy chief secretary to the President and Cabinet, Ray Ndhlukula, has said.

Speaking at an All Stakeholders Zimbabwe Image Management workshop in Harare yesterday, Ndhlukula said it was disturbing that tourists were now flying in and out of Zimbabwe on the same day.

Call to Preserve Elephant Population

Victor Siamudaala, in his analysis, writes that it is only fitting that Zambia’s incredible wildlife is featured on all our banknotes.

Siamudaala if of the view that these animals, especially the African elephant, are the cornerstone of a tourism industry that contributes US$1.5 billion USD to the country’s economy every year.

Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme: Sale / Marketing

The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STPP) is a nonprofit company established to facilitate the implementation of Sustainable Tourism Practices in Smaller Accommodation Establishments (SAEs) and Tourism SMMEs across South Africa.  The aim of the programme is to contribute significantly to the objectives of National Tourism Sector Strategy as well as the National Development Plan Vision 2030.

Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme seeks to appoint a young, dynamic and self-motivated Sale/Marketing, based in Johannesburg working countrywide.

NGO Calls for Botswana Tourism Boycott

An International tribal rights organisation, Survival International, says that the San community in Botswana is continually persecuted by that country’s government.
The organisation, which calls for the boycott of Botswana tourism, is in support of the San community, which is allegedly being harassed and continually persecuted by the government in an effort to force them out of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

The Tourist Trap: Five Myths Promoting Wild Animal Exploitation Exposed

Often due to lack of awareness, many unsuspecting tourists and locals fall into the trap of believing a holiday around sunny South Africa to ‘take in the big five’ and other wildlife romps causes no harm. And in some cases, they believe that they may even be supporting conservation or improving the welfare of wild animals.
Forget carbon footprint: the trail of destruction caused by the exploitation of wild animals should equally be cause for alarm.

UN Body Predicts Growth of Tourism in Africa

The United Nations (UN) top tourism body, UN World Tourism Organisation, predicts that tourists visiting Africa will triple by 2030.

The agency points out that the current tourists’ arrivals on the continent stand at 52 million per year, far below potential.

The body is holding its 20th general assembly in the resort area Victoria Falls on the Zambia and Zimbabwe border where rural tourism is making an impact.

NGO to Offer Tourism Graduate Course

Portuguese non-governmental organisation, the Instituto de Planeamento e Desenvolvimento do Turismo (IPDF), will be administering the first graduate course in tourism in Angola.

António Jorge Costa, who also works as a consultant for the UN preparing the tourism master plan for Angola’s part of the Okavango Basin in the southern part of the country, stressed that the 30-student course to be offered in Luanda is due to an invitation from the Angolan Ministry for Hotels and Tourism.

Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme: Fundraiser

The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STPP) was established as a nonprofit company to facilitate the implementation of sustainable tourism practices in smaller accommodation establishments across South Africa thus ensuring alignment to the national minimum standard of responsible tourism. 

The programme is set to contribute a significantly to the tourism industry becoming sustainable and to realise the requirements of the National Tourism Sector Strategy by 2020.

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