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  • Tourism update  
    AASA is a member of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and holds a Director position on the Board of Directors. TBCSA is the umbrella association representing Travel and Tourism organisations in South Africa. AASA is actively involved in the work of TBCSA. In particular, the current implementation of the new Immigration Regulations promulgated with effect from 26 May 2014 is receiving a great deal of attention from TBCSA. AASA is a member of the sub-committee which is actively working to convince the Department of Home Affairs to postpone the implementation of the Regulations and undertake a full review. Read more...

    • Anti-child trafficking initiative: Code of conduct for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in the travel and tourism industry

      The Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct (“the Code”) is an instrument of self-regulation and corporate social responsibility, which provides increased protection to children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism. The initiative, which started as a project of End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism International (ECPAT) International, has been endorsed by the United Nations-World Tourism Organization (UN-WTO) and many national governments. Read more in Tourism update...


    • Offenders on the move: Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of children in travel and tourism 2016
      Despite 20 years of efforts, the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism (SECTT) has expanded across the globe and out-paced every attempt to respond at the international and national level. The results of the first comprehensive global study on SECTT confirm that no region is untouched by this crime and no country is ‘immune’. In an increasingly interconnected world, more people are on the move and even the most remote parts of the planet are now within reach, thanks to cheaper travel and the spread of the Internet. As a result, the risks of child sexual exploitation are increasing. Read more in Tourism update...
  • South Africa leads aviation safety in Africa
    May 22, 2017. Cape Town. The South African civil aviation industry has been under the spotlight over the last two weeks as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) conducted an audit of the country’s competence in relation to aviation safety oversight systems. Travellers flying across South Africa’s (SA) skies and using one of the 13k+ aircraft on SA's aircraft registery should feel safe and secure. That’s the message, following the release of preliminary results as SA’s performance and improved safety measures have see it rated as the number one safest country in Africa when it comes to aviation. Overall, the 2017 report shows safety and aviation standards in SA have improved by more than 3.43%. Before the audit, South Africa was at position 41 globally in relation to ICAO’s Effective Implementation and at position two in Africa. Read more...
  • Good demand for African airlines continues  
    May 4, 2017. Cape Town. African airlines continued to enjoy good demand, with traffic up 6.0% compared to March 2016, according to a report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA)  on global passenger traffic results for March 2017. Capacity rose 2.4%, and load factor strengthened 2.3 percentage points to 68.2%. Notwithstanding fragility in the region’s biggest economies (Nigeria and South Africa), traffic growth has strengthened in recent months with RPKs growing at an annualised pace of nearly 10% since mid-2016. Read more...