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To harness the power of virtual reality technologies and capitalise on digital marketing trends the ECPTA developed 15 interactive Eastern Cape virtual tourism platforms
Discover winter in the Eastern Cape! With a fantastic climate, close proximity to so many great attractions, exceptional experiences and affordable getaways, the Eastern
We’ve picked out the must-see 10 spots you have to visit in the Eastern Cape for unforgettable natural beauty and adventure. Capture your memories
A new diving beetle named Copelatus Mkambati has been discovered in  the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency’s Mkambati Nature Reserve. The new species
The ECPTA has concluded a partnership with Travelstart to grow domestic tourism receipts to the Eastern Cape.  The campaign period runs from 1st December
The Eastern Cape continues to attract investors into the province: this is after Business Process South Africa (BPESA) in partnership with Eastern Cape Parks
The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA), in partnership with Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM), hosted a Cruise Line Itinerary Development Workshop in
The Mthatha Dam resort or Nduli Luchaba Nature Reserve has added two state-of-the-art self-catering chalets to the facility.  The one chalet has three bedrooms,
The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD) launched a Wildlife Conservation Bond (WCB), generating 150 million dollars in support of South
WTM Africa – World Travel Market Africa took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 11 to 13 April 2022. One of
ECPTA is proud to be associated with all provincial signature and small-scale events that help to create jobs and grow the provincial GDP. ECPTA
ECPTA conducted a Facebook campaign as part of its continuous market research efforts. The survey’s objective was to measure the ECPTA’s online audience’s perception
Tourism trends indicate that safety and security matters are of utmost importance and critical for a tourist deciding on a particular destination. The success
Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA), in partnership with Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA) invite 20 operating tourism accommodation/ conference enterprises
Valued stakeholders and partners in tourism, The Department of Health recently published proposed revised Covid-19 regulations based on the announcements made by President Ramaphosa,
The Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency has made it easier for travellers to access Eastern Cape travel deals. Please use this free facility
The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) has appointed Urban-Econ Development Economists to assist in the coordination and setting up of a tourism
Tourism Minister, Fish Mahlalela, confirms that the department has secured R57m from the EU through National Treasury for the project. Tourists visiting the Baviaanskloof
After a two-year absence during Covid, Africa’s Travel Indaba will take place again from 3rd to 5th May 2022 at the Albert Luthuli Convention
ECPTA used Instagram to ignite a dynamic social media campaign. Instameet is especially for Instagram users to capture their favourite Eastern Cape scenery and
ECPTA has developed interactive virtual tourism tours to show off our hidden gems and less visited and lesser-known attractions. We have embraced the power
Selected SMMEs were invited to participate in Meetings Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. Those selected were in support of the South African
Influencers have become an important partner for businesses – especially in the tourism industry. Matching up with like minded individuals adds tremendous value to
ECPTA has entered into a campaign partnership with Travelstart to stimulate domestic tourism. The campaign is running from December 2021 until 31st May 2022.
Covid has forced us to introduce comprehensive safety protocols as set by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA). EPCTA supports these protocols
Despite the Covid lockdowns and the devastating affect on tourism, ECPTA has continued with several externally funded projects which contribute to provincial tourism, benefit
According to the latest South African Tourism’s survey we are ranked #1 in most visits to a province. This is a great achievement and
ECPTA is excited about our new positioning of Yours to Explore which opens the door to visitors who want to relax and explore our
Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) as the appointed management authority for the Amathole Marine Protected Area and the Amathole Offshore Marine Protected
01 October 2021 The Department of Tourism calls on eligible enterprises to apply for the Tourism Transformation Fund (TTF), and the Green Tourism Incentive
CALL FOR COMMENTS: DRAFT AMATHOLE MARINE PROTECTED AREA MANAGEMENT PLAN Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) as a management authority is required under
Dear Stakeholder, Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) as a protected area management authority is required under the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas
We’ve already completed the first third of 2021 and I am truly encouraged to see how much growth Eastern Cape Tourism has experienced since
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ambitious programme of resuscitating economic growth and streamlining policy implementation in a challenging environment is gaining momentum. In his address to
Brand South Africa partnered with the Siyavuya Foundation and Eastern Cape Tourism, for the third rendition of the annual SUV Challenge in the Eastern
As the world continues to grapple with the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the pandemic has also had a profound impact on the tourism sector.
President Ramaphosa has championed the development of new infrastructure and ‘smart cities’ to help unleash South Africa’s economic potential.  Plans to redevelop the region
The ECPTA was thrilled to find out that the Eastern Cape was the destination for the new season of Survivor South Africa! Having first-hand
Google Arts & Culture (GAC) and SA Tourism partnered up for South Africa: An Explorer’s Paradise, “an online exhibition where visitors from all over
The ECPTA invites all Eastern Cape Tourism businesses to register on the ECPTA Eastern Cape Tourism Product Database. Registering on the ECPTA Tourism Database
Choosing to stay in a stranger’s house rather than at a hotel might seem like an unusual thing to do, but research has shown
About R40m has been set aside to support informal businesses in the clothing, textile, services and retail sector in the Eastern Cape. This good
There have been mixed reactions to the announcement of city and airport name changes in the Eastern Cape. This, after Arts and Culture minister,
In total, 4000 tourism businesses countrywide received the tourism relief funding of R50 000. In the Eastern Cape, 457 of the 732 applicants received
Although restrictions are easing, it’s still vitally important to remain vigilant and adhere to safety protocols. The South African tourism and hospitality industry has
LIGHT AT THE END OF A LONG TUNNEL The R10bn set aside by the National Treasury for the purchase and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines
Amid the tumult sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crisis, a recent announcement brings good news for the tourism industry. The
A new multimillion-rand six day hiking trail project is the realisation of one the ECPTA strategic initiatives to develop tourism priority nodes. Addressing the
We aren’t even a quarter of the way through 2021, and the year is already looking promising for tourism Eastern Cape. Provincial travel is
The ECPTA’s destination marketing partnership with national travel authority, Travelstart, has shown some positive results over the last three months and has undoubtedly achieved
It’s been difficult for us all to watch as the global pandemic continues to debilitate the tourism industry. As the tourism sector tries to
The ECPTA is rolling out an Easter Campaign to encourage anyone planning a getaway over the Easter period to remember to keep it local. 
The tourism sector is looking forward to a promising year after the announcement that the country will move to Level 1 lockdown. Most of
I am happy to be writing to you as the entity heads into a new financial year. With all the challenges we have faced
26 JANUARY 2021 Programme Director, Mr Martin Mahosi, Minister of Tourism, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, Deputy Minister
The Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency is the management authority of the Great Fish River Nature Reserve (GFRNR). The ECPTA plans to reintroduce
Wildlife Conservation Bond Project   The South African Wildlife Conservation Bond Project is financed through a grant from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and
The Eastern Cape provincial government is poised to fast-track a number of critical infrastructure development projects along the Wild Coast to unlock the vast
In line with our 2020/21 Annual Operational Plan, ECPTA recently concluded a partnership agreement with the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) that lifted
As part of our province-wide recovery efforts, ECPTA developed what has proven a highly successful destination marketing partnership with local travel authority, Travelstart. This

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