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Tourism Month 2019

 Tourism Month 2019

Tourism Month is celebrated annually in September, and provides a heightened month-long focus on the importance of the sector to the South African economy.

Tourism Month features themed activities that are aligned to the United​ Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) World Tourism Day Celebrations that take place annually on 27 September.

The 2019 UNWTO theme for World Tourism Day is Tourism and jobs – a better future for all, which highlights the tourism sector’s vast capability to create jobs and therefore reduce the country’s unemployment rate.

South Africa has adapted the UNWTO theme, and remain confident that tourism will contribute to our country turning to positive economic growth desired by our government and also contribute to more jobs to its maximum potential.

This year’s Tourism Month activities are hosted in collaboration with KwaZulu-Natal Province - Known as the Kingdom of the Zulu, a melting pot of African, European and Indian cultures. This province boasts two World Heritage Sites, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the majestic Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.



The NTCE provides a platform for the sector to create awareness about tourism careers and prospects, whilst offering the youth and unemployed graduates an opportunity to interact with potential employers. Deputy Minister of Tourism Mr Fish Mahlalela, along with the MEC of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism in the North West Province, Ms. Kenetswe Mosenogi, and CATHSSETA CEO Ms. Keitumetse Lebaka will brief media about the upcoming National Tourism Careers Expo (NTCE) that take place during Tourism Month from 19 to 21 September 2019 in the North West Province. Event details:

Date: 29 August 2019
Time: 09:00 for 10:00
Venue: Kumkani Country Lodge: 37 Parys Ave, Potchefstroom –North West Province

Community Imbizo:
Time: 12h00
Venue: O.R. Tambo Community Hall, Extension 7, Mogolodi Street, Ikageng, Potchefstroom –North West Province


The Department in collaboration with the Department of Economic Development, KwaZulu-Natal Tourism and Environmental Affairs Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (DEDEA), and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal will host the World Tourism Day Celebrations on 27 September 2019 in the Howick - KwaZulu-Natal.

Event details:

Date: 27 September 2018
Time: 09:00 – 16:00
Venue: Nelson Mandela Capture Site, ​KZN.


The Sho’t Left Travel Week will be held between 23 and 29 September 2019, and will present great travel deals, with airlines, hotel groups, tour operators and tourist attractions offering discounts of up to 50. These deals must be bought during this week but can be redeemed at any other time depending on the partner’s terms and conditions. This presents an opportunity for South Africans to tour and experience their own country. We also have SanParks running a week of free entry to selected announce free entry and this year it includes weekend starting Sunday 8th to 15th September

Event details:

Date: 23 – 29 September 2019
Website: for great holiday deals


The Department in collaboration with Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality & Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and North West Tourism will host the 2019 NTCE. More than 7000 learners from all over the country are expected to descend to the North West Province to attend the expo themed Tourism and the Digital Transformation.

Event details:

Date: 19 – 21 September 2019
Time: 09:00 – 16:00
Venue: The Royal Marang Hotel, Rustenburg

Tourism authorities in the provinces: