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Tourism Relief Fund applications now open

The Department of Tourism encourages eligible businesses to apply for the COVID-19 Tourism Relief Fund during the application period from 07 April to 30 May 2020.

Established as an intervention to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector, the R200 million Tourism Relief Fund provides once-off capped grant assistance to Small Micro and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMMEs) to ensure sustainability during and post the implementation of government measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa.

Categories eligible to apply for the Tourism Relief Fund include the following:

  • Accommodation establishments: Hotels, Resort properties, Bed and Breakfast(B&B’s), Guest Houses, Lodges and Backpackers
  • Hospitality and related services: Restaurants (not attached to hotels), Conference venues (not attached to hotels), Professional Catering and Attractions
  • Travel and related services: Tour Operators, Travel Agents, Tourist guiding, car rental companies and coach operators

Read the official statement here.

SMMEs can submit funding applications by completing a form accessible here.

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Africa Travel Week (ATW) focuses on inbound and outbound markets for general leisure tourism, luxury travel, LGBTQ+ travel and the MICE/business travel sector as well as travel technology. Shows include: ILTM Africa, WTM Africa, EQUAL Africa, ibtm AFRICA, Travel Forward, Sports & Events Tourism Exchange and African Tourism Investment Summit.