Entries by Natalia Rosa

ASATA CEO co-wins Business Traveller Africa award

ASATA CEO Otto de Vries has jointly won the Business Traveller Africa Business Travel Personality of the Year award this week along with the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) CEO David Frost for the “tireless work they’ve done in challenging the changes to South Africa’s immigration regulations on behalf of their members and the broader industry”. […]

Airport official suspended for soliciting unwarranted ‘fines’ for Immigration Regulations non-compliance

An alleged fraudster, who attempted to solicit fines from minors at OR Tambo International Airport claiming that they had the incorrect documents to travel according to the newly implemented Immigration Act, has been suspended following a rapid response by The Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA). The airport official was said to have approached […]

Latest Immigration FAQs!

The Department of Home Affairs has issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions and their respective answers in response to queries surrounding the implementation of Immigration Rules that will affect under 18s travelling to and from South Africa. Please advise your customers of the additional documentation required by persons under the age of 18 years […]

Home Affairs vs Tourism… battle lines drawn!

The battle lines have finally been drawn in public between the Departments of Home Affairs and Tourism, and this time the debate is whirling around the job losses that the new immigration regulations will likely cause for the South African economy. The latest Tourism Business Index of the Tourism Business Council of SA business performance […]

What to Expect From the Travel Agent of the Future

Interesting research report from global travel research firm Skift this week that talks about what customers can expect from the travel agent of the future. ASATA has launched its own study on the 21st Century Travel agent and will be continuing its research expanding the study to capture elements of leisure travel trends so we were […]

IATA rolls back Cabin OK initiative

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that it was pausing the rollout of its Cabin OK initiative and beginning a comprehensive reassessment in light of concerns expressed, primarily in North America. This will include further engagement with program participants, the IATA membership, and key stakeholders. The Cabin OK initiative was launched on 9 June […]

‘Unitended consequences’ resulting from Immigration Regulations a misnomer, say Travel Associations

JOHANNESBURG, 12 JUNE 2015 – Associations representing the interests of inbound tourism to and outbound travel from South Africa have dubbed the Cabinet’s assertion that the new immigration regulations have had “unintended consequences” as a misnomer. The Cabinet announced yesterday that an inter-ministerial task team, led by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, would be established […]

ASATA to launch consumer campaign

ASATA will be rolling out two consumer campaigns over the coming months and is asking its members for feedback and advice to inform these. The association’s new slogan “Travel with Peace of Mind” will be incorporated in to a variety of messages that will be added to ASATA’s Marketing Toolkit in a variety of formats […]

Tourism Minister seeks 12-month moratorium on SA immigration regulations

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa, of which ASATA is a member association, met with Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom this week to discuss key issues that are impacting the travel and tourism sector in South Africa. The New Immigration Regulation Minister Hanekom confirmed he has requested a further 12-month moratorium on the introduction of the […]

Travel Counsellors South Africa joins ASATA fold

JOHANNESBURG, MARCH 2015 – Home-based travel agency group Travel Counsellors and its 143 agents have this week officially joined the Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) as members. The group comprises travel professionals who have consultancy experience in the travel industry and supports home-based Travel Counsellors with such services as marketing, training, technology, emergency […]