Legislative Mandates

Tourism Act, 1993 (Act No 72 of 1993) as amended, makes provision for the promotion of tourism to and in the Republic and for the further regulation and rationalisation of the tourism industry, measures aimed at the maintenance and enhancement of the standards of facil​ities and services hired out or made available to tourists; and the co-ordination and rationalisation, as far as practicable, of the activities of persons who are active in the tourism industry.​

 Policy Mandates

The White Paper on the Development and Promotion of Tourism in South Africa, 1996 provides framework and guidelines for tourism development and promotion in South Africa.
White Paper. Click here
National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS). Click here​

 Planned Policy Initiatives

Departmental Planned Policy Initiatives:
 1. Administration: Chief Operations Officer
  • Tourism Draft Bill, 2011 and
  • Enterprise Architecture Framework for National Department of Tourism to be substituted by Information Technology Strategic Plan (ITSP).
2. Policy and Knowledge Services
  • Crisis Management Framework.
  • National Visitor Information Framework (Only VIC Brand);
  • Framework for Local Government Tourism Capacity Development and Promotion Support;
  • Framework for National Tourism Information Gateways;
  • Framework for Registration of Tourism Business;
  • Sector Budget Structure;
  • National Responsible Tourism Strategy;
  • Framework for Community Participation; and
  • Research and Knowledge Management Framework.

3. Domestic Tourism

  • Rural Tourism Strategy;
  • Heritage Tourism Strategy;
  • Product Development Master Plan;
  • Niche Tourism Framework and Related Strategies;
  • Events Strategy;
  • Tourism Human Resource development Strategy (HRD) Strategy and
  • Tourism Service Excellence Strategy.