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Although restrictions are easing, it’s still vitally important to remain vigilant and adhere to safety protocols. The South African tourism and hospitality industry has
LIGHT AT THE END OF A LONG TUNNEL The R10bn set aside by the National Treasury for the purchase and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines
Amid the tumult sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crisis, a recent announcement brings good news for the tourism industry. The
A new multimillion-rand six day hiking trail project is the realisation of one the ECPTA strategic initiatives to develop tourism priority nodes. Addressing the
We aren’t even a quarter of the way through 2021, and the year is already looking promising for tourism Eastern Cape. Provincial travel is
The ECPTA’s destination marketing partnership with national travel authority, Travelstart, has shown some positive results over the last three months and has undoubtedly achieved
It’s been difficult for us all to watch as the global pandemic continues to debilitate the tourism industry. As the tourism sector tries to
The ECPTA is rolling out an Easter Campaign to encourage anyone planning a getaway over the Easter period to remember to keep it local. 
The tourism sector is looking forward to a promising year after the announcement that the country will move to Level 1 lockdown. Most of
I am happy to be writing to you as the entity heads into a new financial year. With all the challenges we have faced
26 JANUARY 2021 Programme Director, Mr Martin Mahosi, Minister of Tourism, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, Deputy Minister
The Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency is the management authority of the Great Fish River Nature Reserve (GFRNR). The ECPTA plans to reintroduce
Wildlife Conservation Bond Project   The South African Wildlife Conservation Bond Project is financed through a grant from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and
The Eastern Cape provincial government is poised to fast-track a number of critical infrastructure development projects along the Wild Coast to unlock the vast
In line with our 2020/21 Annual Operational Plan, ECPTA recently concluded a partnership agreement with the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) that lifted
As part of our province-wide recovery efforts, ECPTA developed what has proven a highly successful destination marketing partnership with local travel authority, Travelstart. This
Much has changed across the tourism landscape since the country’s first, tentative steps out of national lockdown earlier this year. What hasn’t changed –
ECPTA’s Open for Travel Special Deals microsite is up and running, and we urge all product owner to consider using the site to reach
While most of our marketing activities have been virtual and online over the past few months, ECPTA made a welcome return to in-person promotion
Despite lingering travel and tourism restrictions, ECPTA launched a number of trade engagement and target market expansion initiatives over the past few months to
Valued stakeholders and partners in tourism, This edition of Tourism Talk is being disseminated at a pivotal moment in our province’s history; a moment
Earlier this year, ECPTA unveiled our new destination branding suite, which has been purposefully designed and developed to showcase our province, the rich diversity
While most of our industry have their eyes still firmly on the 2020 summer season, it is already critically important for the sector to
Coffee Bay on the spectacular Wild Coast was the highly appropriate setting for the launch of ECPTA’s 2020 Summer holiday season. Where else to
Terms and Conditions – Black Friday Promotion 2020   The following terms and conditions apply to the 50% Black Friday Promotion 2020:   1.
Earlier this year, ECPTA unveiled a new, nationally aligned destination brand, which was re-designed to better showcase the province’s entire basket of diverse attractions
Airports and borders have re-opened. Holiday bookings are starting to come in, and in-person conferences are once again being planned. To the great relief
Tourism industries around the world continue to be dominated by women, who make up between 60% and 70% of the global tourism labour force.
October 1 saw the phased re-opening of land and sea borders for international tourists, after almost seven months’ hard travel lockdown. But while foreign
South Africa’s move to Level 1 of the COVID-19 Risk Adjusted Strategy has seen a return to in-person conferencing and business gatherings throughout the
Whenever an opportunity to engage with core stakeholders of the tourism sector of our beautiful province presents itself, I make sure to participate. As
There is cautious optimism throughout the province about the re-opening of the domestic tourism industry and kickstarting the summer holiday season. What will be
Despite the protracted impact of COVID-19, tourism will continue to be one of South Africa’s leading sectors over the next few years, and a
DID YOU KNOW: Guests form their first impressions of a new hospitality venue or tourism experience within the first 30 seconds. And if it
Social media and digital influencers are not only a staple of our online lives – they have become an important part of doing business.
Despite its myriad challenges, the COVID-19 pandemic has also sparked innovations and paradigm shifts which might not otherwise have been realised in the short
ECPTA is proud to announce a new destination marketing partnership with national travel authority, Travelstart. The two entities will work closely together over the
The microsite will be marketed across all ECPTA social media platforms, as well as through direct messaging. It will also be available as a
Every September, South Africans are invited to look at our country through the proud prism of our tourism attractions, and the important role the
September is Tourism Month – and while this annual, world-wide celebration looks and feels a lot different this year, it continues to shine an
Keeping the Eastern Cape top of mind has been one of the focus areas for the ECPTA marketing team during the current lockdown period.
The Eastern Cape’s destination brand evolution from Adventure Province to Yours to Explore is rolling out on various platforms as part of the ECPTA’s
The Makhanda National Arts Festival has, for over 40 years, served as a trigger for the economic growth of the region by attracting national
The Eastern Cape’s first Virtual Business Exhibition, held on June 23 and 24th, was part of a response to assist Eastern Cape tourism companies
While 2020 is probably going down in history as our worst year ever, we’ve had bad years before. A few years after Sandra Antrobus
In a world where nothing is at it seems anymore, you must not only think out of the box but have a clear understanding
The pandemic has brought forth a number of challenges including budget cuts aimed at stretching resources to save lives by redirecting funds towards the
Intense frustration and confusion in the tourism sector churned last month. Uncertainty related to whether or not domestic leisure travel within provinces was allowed
Although COVID-19 has changed the travel industry forever, all is not lost. The pandemic presents an opportunity to re-look traditional business models and how
04 August 2020 The Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has today made public a list of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises who benefited through
Opportunities to explore abound in the Eastern Cape, but do potential visitors know this? The ECPTA has aligned the province’s destination brand, previously branded
30 July 2020 Since the country entered level 3 of the Risk-Adjusted Strategy, the tourism sector also began its march towards full operation. The
Opportunities to explore abound in the Eastern Cape, but do potential visitors know this? The ECPTA has aligned the province’s destination brand, previously branded
In this issue, we celebrate tourism frontline product owner and guide Dawid de Wet, who has been an inspiration and storyteller to hundreds of
“… if there is a silver lining in this crisis, it may be that the virus is forcing us to use the internet as
Heinie Bosman (chair) and members of the SATSA Youth Chapter have harnessed digital power in an innovative way to band colleagues in tourism together
The ECPTA is proud to be partnering in the unique Eastern Cape Virtual Expo – a ‘live’ interactive virtual trade show that will take
A comprehensive tourism industry COVID-19 survey to quantify the extent of the impact of COVID-19, measure how effective support has been, and determine what
The very survival of the tourism industry and the jobs it creates rests in the adjustment of the current COVID-19 regulations. Every day that
The owners of Coffee Shack in Coffee Bay have always held firm the belief that investing in the community in a sustainable, meaningful manner,

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