News Archive June 2014

News In And Around Limpopo

Kremetart Cycle Race Lives Up To Expectations

Makhado; Limpopo – The organizers of the annual Kremetart Cycle Race held over the weekend of 07 and 08 June 2014 have kept their promise of staging yet another successful event. The 25th installment of the race was held in the town of Makhado which was a hive of activity due to the high volumes of visitors to either take part in the cycle race or support the cyclists.

Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) saw the need to support the race as immensely contributes to tourism and economic growth of the town. For this weekend only, the town has received an injection of over R20 mil from this event. Accommodation was fully booked in and around Makhado, which is a positive sign of tourism growth in the province.

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Immigrations Act: We’ve won the battle but not the war

SATSA and the Board of Airline Representatives SA (BARSA) have welcomed the Department of Home Affairs’ decision to delay the implementation of a new regulation that children travelling with adults present an unabridged birth certificate when arriving, leaving, or transiting in South Africa.

“It is with some sense of relief that the Department of Home Affairs issued a statement last night that the regulations will now only become effective from 1 October 2014,” SATSA said in a statement.

SATSA has been actively engaging with Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, who in turn has been in discussions with his cabinet colleagues, on the new regulations.

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SETE conference – calls for papers

The Sports & Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) with sponsor, the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA), is calling for experts in events tourism to submit interest in participating as speakers at the conference and exhibition taking place at the Durban ICC from October 28-30.

SETE is a business-to-business platform that aims to position South Africa as a sports and events tourism destination.

It encourages collaboration between the sports, events and tourism industries in showcasing products to international hosted buyers and SA corporates.

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SA falls short on tourism growth potential

South Africa’s tourism industry has grown significantly over the past 20 years, with visitor growth outstripping the global average. However, not enough is being done to market the country internationally.

These are some of the findings based on data since 1994, which has been analysed by Grant Thornton and form part of the 20 Years of Tourism report

During the last two decades, SA has seen an average visitor growth rate of 6.9% per year, which compares with a global average annual growth rate of 4%.

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Tourism targets 'unattainable' on SA’s current path

The trade has welcomed the SA’s target of growing foreign tourist arrivals to 15 million by 2017, but also warned that the target is unlikely to be achieved under the current environment.

President Jacob Zuma announced the target during his State of the Nation Address on Tuesday, June 17.

“Despite tough global trading conditions in its traditional markets, South Africa’s tourism sector continued to show positive growth in 2013, reaching a record high of 9.6 million international tourist arrivals,” said Zuma.

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Bird Identification Course

Birds are the most beautiful and accessible creatures on earth. They can literally be found anywhere on the planet and if one appreciates nature, one cannot but appreciate birds.

Southern Africa is richly blessed with over 950 bird species (more than 10 percent of the world’s total). This great diversity of species, the wide variety of habitats they occur in and their fascinating behaviour and ecology make birds and bird watching a fascinating pastime. It is no wonder that birding has become one of the fastest growing pastimes in Europe, the USA and here in South Africa.

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Kruger clamps down on border controls

All business operators traveling through the Kruger National Park (KNP)’s border gates (Giriyondo and Pafuri) transporting passengers to and from Mozambique will be required to produce valid passenger transport permits from August 1, SANParks has announced.

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SATSA, NDT invite trade to Durban adventure tourism workshop

SATSA and the National Department of Tourism have partnered to present a workshop on self-regulation in the adventure tourism sector. It will take place at Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Hotel, Durban, on July 14, from 09h00-12h00.

The workshop is part of a countrywide consultative process to seek the views and opinions of all role players.

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