About the SANParks Tourism Invest Summit

The allure of conserved areas to both international and domestic tourists is immense, evidenced by the six million people on average who, prior to the pandemic visited our parks annually, many of whom are repeat visitors. Research has indicated that Table Mountain and Kruger National Park are considered bucket list destinations in the majority of South Africa’s inbound markets and both are coincidentally under the management of SANParks. It would therefore not be misleading to state that SANParks as a conservation entity is integral to the success of the country’s tourism industry.

In the past decade and a half, our partnerships with various private sector entities have been pivotal in enhancing the experience of tourists who visit our parks. It is through these partnerships that we have been able to provide an array of facilities that are vital to an enriched tourist experience. These include restaurants, five-star lodges, retail and a wide array of adventure activities.

The National Environmental Management of Protected Areas Act (Act 57 of 2003) officially mandates SANParks to create destinations for nature-based tourism in a manner that is not harmful to the environment. In this vein, the SANParks Commercialisation Strategy was birthed in 2000 in a bid to enhance the parks as nature tourism destinations by diversifying tourism offerings in partnership with the private sector. Through this strategy, SANParks has earned, in the past twenty years, a total income of R1,394 billion through its public-private partnerships. The revenue generated through these partnerships has contributed significantly to the funding of conservation the overall sustainability for SANParks.

In over twenty years, the SANParks Tourism PPP portfolio has expanded to 60 diverse projects spanning accommodation, restaurants, retail and activities. The revenues of the tourism activities within our 20 national parks, some under private ownership, others managed by ourselves, had in the period prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, enabled SANParks to rely on government funding of less than 20% of its total operational budget – effectively the entity had become virtually self-funded.

This 2022 Tourism Investment Summit comes at a crucial time in the rebuilding of our economy following the devastation wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic.
We thus invite you, the private sector investor, as we unveil new tourism business opportunities within our national parks, in the hope that it will whet your appetite sufficiently for further engagement and discussion. The opportunities detailed here are derived from the SANParks Responsible Tourism Strategy, which is premised on connecting to a broader South African society without compromising conservation standards. These are viable businesses and have chosen them strategically with the aim of filling major product gaps to widen the appeal of the parks to new markets while ensuring that the principal drawcards to our parks are not diluted and continue to hold appeal for our loyal traditional markets.

Key concessionaire contracts such as the Table Mountain Cable Car, Cape Point and seven lodges in the renowned Kruger National Park will become available over the next three to five years with a pipeline release of over 100 new tourism investment opportunities over the next ten years.
Join the virtual SANParks Tourism Investment Summit on 31 March 2022 and learn more about how you can invest in key tourism business prospects throughout South Africa.

Meet the Speakers

Here are the speakers of this year's SANParks Tourism Investment Summit

Honourable Barbara Creecy

Minister : Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Pam Yako

Chairperson of the Board, SANParks

Annemi van Jaarsveld

GM: Business Development Unit, SANParks

Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa

CEO of the Tourism Business Council

Andile Khumalo

CEO KhumaloCo.

Dumisani Dlamini

Acting: Chief Executive Officer, SANParks

Nandi Mayathula-Khoza

Chairperson Human Capital Management Committee of the Board, SANParks

Aaron Munetsi

CEO: Airlines Association of Southern Africa

Hapiloe Sello

Managing Executive: Tourism Development & Marketing, SANParks

David Frost

CEO of Southern African Tourism Services Association

Wendy Alberts

Restaurant Association of South Africa

The Programme

Join the virtual SANParks Tourism Investment Summit Thursday, 31 March 2022 and learn more about how you can invest in key tourism business prospects within South African National Parks.

Welcome

Programme Director

Opening Remarks

Ms Pam Yako
Chairperson of the SANParks Board

The Future of the Tourism Industry in South Africa Panel Discussion

  • Mr Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa
    Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa
  • Mr Andile Khumalo
    Entrepreneur and Chairperson of the SANParks Investment Committee of the Board
  • Ms Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo
    Chief Operations Officer City Lodge Hotels
  • Mr David Frost
    Chief Executive Officer of Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA)
  • Mr Aaron Munetsi
    CEO Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA)

Keynote Address

Honourable Barbara Creecy
Minister : Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

The Tourism Business of SANParks

Mr Dumisani Dlamini
Acting: Chief Executive Officer, SANParks

The SANParks PPP Journey

Ms Hapiloe Sello
Managing Executive: Tourism Development & Marketing, SANParks

Showcase of PPP opportunities in SANParks

Ms Annemi van Jaarsveld

General Manager: Business Development Unit, SANParks

The PPP Governance and Legislative framework

Mr. Lindokuhle Hlatshwayo

Senior Project Advisor PPP Unit – National Treasury

Question and Answer Session

Facilitated by Programme Director

Vote of Thanks and Closure

Nandi Mayathula-Khoza

Chairperson Human Capital Management Committee of the Board

SANParks Board and Management Media Interviews

SANParks Board

SANParks Tourism Investment Summit 2022 Fact Sheet

Virtual Event Venue

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