Department of Tourism
11 July 2019
The tourism department wants the Draft Tourism Amendment Bill to be approved within the current financial year.
The tourism minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, revealed this during the 2019 Tourism Budget Vote speech in parliament.
The draft bill was published for comment in April 2019.
It aims to amend the Tourism Act of 2014, so as to:
• provide for certain definitions;
• provide for the determination of thresholds for short -term home sharing;
• provide for the renaming of the South African Tourism Board as South African Tourism;
• provide for additional competence requirements of tourists guides;
• provide for the regulation of safety in relation to tourist guiding and the improvement of the tourist guiding experience; and
• provide for matters connected herewith.
In June the comment period was extended until 15 July 2019.
The minister also announced that the department will work on the development of a five-year strategic plan to inform the overall tourism agenda for the sixth administration.
“SA Tourism will continue to implement its marketing activities to promote South Africa as a preferred leisure and business events destination in line with the priorities of the sixth administration and the medium-term strategic framework.”
The minister also confirmed that South Africa’s current share of large tourism markets such as China, India and Nigeria is low.
In response, efforts will be made to increase market penetration in these markets in order to increase Chinese tourists’ contribution of total international tourist numbers to 9% and Indian tourists to over 7%.
“To achieve this, we will position South Africa as a China and India friendly tourism destination through relevant Content- Reviewed Platforms and a comprehensive China and India Readiness programme, developed in close partnership with the private sector.”
Mention was also made of the home affairs department’s intention to launch the new e-visa system within the current financial year which is expected to have a positive economic impact.
In terms of safety and security issues for tourists, the minister highlighted that the National Tourism Safety Strategy is under development in conjunction with the SAPS, provinces, local government and members of the sector.
A partnership with the retail sector that is aimed at creating opportunities for South Africans to travel their country will soon be announced.