New guidelines and regulations announced on Monday by the Southern African Tourism Services Association (Satsa) aim to help position South Africa as a top adventure destination.
The public will now have the opportunity until 31 May 2023 to commentary to deliver on Satsa’s “roadmap for the self-regulation of adventure tourism” and operating code.
“The code is designed to establish standards and guidelines for adventure tourism operators, with the aim of promoting safety, sustainability and ethical practices in the industry and positioning Southern Africa as a top adventure destination,” said Hannelie du Toit, chief operating officer of Satsa, said.
“The draft self-regulatory documents have been developed as an initial guide to facilitate consultation with industry stakeholders, including adventure tourism operators, industry associations, government bodies and community representatives.”
According to Du Toit, the code aims to provide a framework for adventure tourism operators to operate in a responsible and sustainable manner, while also promoting the growth and development of the adventure tourism industry in Southern Africa.
She says Satsa hopes that the code will encourage greater cooperation between operators, industry associations and other stakeholders, and will help build consumer confidence.
“The publication of the self-regulation documents for adventure tourism is an important milestone for the adventure tourism industry in Southern Africa.
“After years of work on this step, we believe that the project will provide a clear framework for operators to follow, which will lead to the raising of standards and the production of credible products with which we can position Southern Africa as a top adventure destination . We look forward to receiving the incredibly valuable feedback from the industry to ensure the project aligns with outcomes that benefit the entire industry.”
Satsa now invites all interested parties to comment on these documents. All comments can be made to Du Toit [email protected] be submitted.
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