The South African Youth Travel Confederation (SAYTC) is a non-profit trade organisation representing the youth tourism industry. Originally formed in 1998 under the name Backpacking South Africa with the aim of of cooperatively marketing South Africa as a backpacking destination, the organisation expanded in 2007 to include other youth tourism sectors.

SAYTC’s mission is:

  • to market South Africa globally as a preferred youth tourism destination.
  • to establish a professional youth tourism industry based upon accreditation and guidelines.

SAYTC is membership-driven and represents operators like you and addresses the concerns and interests of all operators throughout South Africa. Members are represented  by the following sectors:

  • Backpacking South Africa (BSA)
  • Education South Africa (EDUSA)
  • Tours & transport South Africa (TATSA)
  • Volunteering South Africa (VOLSA)
  • Tourism services

Membership is not limited to South Africa, but includes members from neighbouring Southern African countries in Southern Africa.

Most youth tourism service operators in the region are independent, but recognise the need for a national body, that is looking after the needs of visitors to South Africa. All members have undertaken to abide by basic standards and work towards the common good of both the traveller and industry.

SAYTC Executive Committee

Gavin Eyre – SAYTC Chairman
Steve Thomas – Trustee
Shanaaz Taliep – National Coordinator
Johannes Kraus – Treasurer

Sector chairs

Noelline Claassen van Loggenberg – BSA Chair
Tim Louw – BSA Vice Chair
Johannes Kraus – EduSA Chair
Phillip  McIntyre – EduSA Vice Chair
Hendrik Human – TATSA Chair
Vanessa Randon – VolSA Chair
Lies Vanden Schrieck – VolSA Vice Chair

Provincial chairs

Gavin Eyre – Western Cape Chair
Heinie Bosman – Garden Route Chair
Lyle Katzen – Garden Route Vice Chair
Aidan Lawrence – Eastern Cape Chair
Faeez Samsodien – Eastern Cape Vice Chair
Lorraine Keenan – Gauteng Chair
Maria Malepa – Gauteng Vice Chair
Tracey Ferguson – Acting KwaZulu-Natal Chair
Henre Venter – Acting KwaZulu-Natal Vice Chair


SAYTC is involved in several activities that offers benefits for tourism businesses. These can be either direct or indirect benefits and include:

  • Marketing of South Africa internationally and locally
  • Attending local and international travel shows
  • A stand at the Tourism Indaba and WTM Africa
  • Distribution of marketing collateral
  • Online exposure through websites and social media
  • Discounts on several products
  • Networking opportunities
  • Lobbying government for support for youth tourism
  • Representation
  • Partnerships with other tourism organisations
  • Information and statistics

Click here for more information on becoming a SAYTC member.

Our partners

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