Tourism Registration In South Africa

What is Tourism?

Tourism is travel for pleasure and the commercial activity of providing and supporting such travel.

Tourism Registration In South Africa

Registration will enable us to gain a meaningful understanding of the tourism sector in the province and allow the province to better assist tourism businesses where there is a need and elevate their capacity to further grow the tourism sector. Again the registration may assist the province to enhance the quality and standards of tourism products and services, level the playing field, and prevent rouge operators across the tourism sector in the province.

This means that, as a tourism stakeholder who registers with MTPA, you will receive free exposure through our marketing and promotional campaigns, as well as a free listing on our website (, which is growing in both content as well as visitors. We will also be adding to the list of benefits that registrants can expect to receive from MTPA as we progress.

Whilst regulations have been promulgated making it compulsory to register with MTPA, registration will be operating voluntarily for the immediate future.
Musa Mahlangu – Senior Manager: Tourism Registration at Tel: +27 (0)13 759 5487
Danisile Lusiba – Tourist Guide Registration at or Tel: +27 (0)13 759 5487
Justine Hoggan – Tourist Guide Registration at or Tel: +27 (0)13 759 5487 Fax: 086 603 6766

Requirements to Register to become a Tourist Guide

Provincial Registrars are appointed in each of the nine provinces to register tourist guides. To be registered as a tourist guide in South Africa, a person must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • be a South African citizen or have a valid work permit;
  • must have undergone training with a CATHSSETA-accredited training provider or any other accredited institution which offers programs recognized by SAQA;
  • have a valid first aid certificate from an institution recognized by the Department of Labour;
  • pay a registratio​n fee of R240 (Renewable every 3 years)
  • submit 4 passport-size photos;
  • must submit a completed and signed registration form and the code of conduct and ethics upon registration.

​​​​​Tourist Guide Registrars

The National Registrar of Tourist Guides, in conjunction with the Provincial Registrars, facilitates maintenance of the Central Tourist Guides Register as well as the registration of Tourist Guides at provincial level. In this section, browsers will be able to access the contact details of the National and Provincial Registers.​​​