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RETOSA REPRESENTS SOUTHERN AFRICA AT the 2017 INVESTOUR FORUM

Jointly organized by UNWTO, FITUR and Casa África (representing the Spanish Government), INVESTOUR is an annual Forum, organized jointly by the UNWTO, FITUR and Casa África, on the occasion of the International Tourism Fair of Madrid (FITUR). Marketing and Communications Director of RETOSA, Kwakye Donkor, represented Southern Africa by participating as panelist in the eighth edition of the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR) held on 19 January 2017 in Madrid.  This event was held in the framework of the International Tourism Trade Fair of Madrid (FITUR). 

Festive message from the Executive Director

As festive decorations and coloured lights adorn streets, shop windows and houses, we are met with a sense of exhilaration at the prospect of closing the chapter that was 2016. At the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA), it is with gratitude and pride that we reflect on the efforts of the past year. Twelve months of dedication has brought us closer to realising our vision of making Southern Africa a multi-faceted destination of choice in the world. 

SASTD Conference

The conference aimed at becoming the catalyst to trigger a lasting Sustainable Tourism dialogue within the Southern African region. Member States shared Sustainable Tourism knowledge and experiences; gain exposure to international best practices as well as utilize the forum as a means of generating annual progress reports to ascertain levels of development and implementation of Sustainable Tourism within Member States. 

SAWIT Conference

The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) hosted its third edition of Southern Africa Women in Tourism Conference from 28 to 30 November 2016 at Velmore Hotel Estate, Centurion, South Africa. This year’s theme was “BUILDING CONFIDENCE, CAPACITY AND PROVISION OF CAPITAL TO OUR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS”

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Southern Africa Youth in Tourism Conference

The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) will be hosting the Southern Africa Youth in Tourism annual conference in South Africa from the 04 to 05 of March, 2017. Tourism is one of the fastest growing and innovative industries.  In order to keep up with the dynamics in the industry it is important that the Youth in Tourism meet regularly to exchange and share experiences and learn from experts in the sector. The conference will have the following: l  Election of the Southern Africa Tourism Junior Minister and SAYIT Chairperson l  The Southern Africa Miss Tourism Pageant l  Capacity building workshops Prior to the conference RETOSA will be running an online Southern Africa Junior Minister Competition ...

Training Seminar on E-Learning and Digital Marketing

The Seminar’s programme has been specifically structured to focus on current trends, best practices and case studies in Digital and Social Marketing. It aims to guide delegates on how to create innovative and cost effective Digital and Social Media Marketing strategies with action plans that can be employed to gain competitive advantage for their destinations, products, facilities and businesses. Some of the key topics being discussed include: ·         RETOSA E-Learning training RETOSA’s E-Learning programme was launched last year and is an online programme aimed at providing stakeholders in the Tourism industry with relevant information about the tourism landscape in Southern Africa. Delegates will be given one-on-one practical training on the online prog ...

PRESS RELEASE - RETOSA to host its annual Southern Africa conferences in Johannesburg (November 2016)

The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) is spearheading three Conferences before the end of 2016; 1st Annual Southern Africa Sustainable Tourism Conference, 3rd Annual Southern Africa Women in Tourism Conference and 2nd Annual Southern Africa Youth in Tourism Conference, with Sustainable Tourism being the umbrella project under which Women in Tourism and Youth in Tourism reside. The main objectives of these Conferences are the same; to facilitate and promote Sustainable Tourism development across Southern Africa and specifically to contribute to poverty alleviation through tourism. It is key to bridge gaps in Tourism development within RETOSA Member States, while also emphasizing the need to enhance Tourism within the identified segments being targeted.

PRESS RELEASE - RETOSA to launch E-Learning programme (18 August 2016)

Who doesn’t want to brush up their knowledge about tourist offerings in southern Africa, at their own pace and in the privacy of their own home or office? The Southern Africa Certified Expert course now gives travel agents and tour operators the opportunity to learn all about southern Africa’s best tourist offerings, while promoting intra-regional travel.