The voice against tourism experiences that include animal interactions has grown louder and louder and this has impacted on how South Africa is being perceived as a tourism destination.
Keira Powers, Chairperson of the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) Animal Interaction Committee said “As the leading inbound tourism association, SATSA has been tasked by its members to develop guidelines for animal interactions in tourism. The Animal Interaction research is member mandated, board approved and being run in partnership with South African Tourism.” adds Powers
Providing the tourism industry with a useful tool by which to evaluate and select animal interaction activities in the tourism space, has moved a step closer with the completion of national public consultation workshops conducted by the SATSA.
The ten workshops, held over the past two months, were conducted across the country and all provinces and form part of the public consultation phase of SATSA’s Animal Interaction Study.