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Benefits of membership


SAYTC markets Southern Africa as premier backpacking and youth tourism destination, both internationally and locally. SAYTC also markets members’ products to other members and at international travel expos.

International travel shows

SAYTC attends a few international trade shows a year. We are always looking for funding opportunities and have succeeded in getting major funding for our members in previous years. Obtaining funding is a continuous journey and we will always work through many different channels to secure future funding.

Tourism Indaba

SAYTC has the busiest stand in the ICC hall during Indaba. SAYTC members can be sharing exhibitors on our stand where you can get direct business, referrals within the stand and doing business with other sharing exhibitors and SAYTC members.
SAYTC also hosts a very successful and popular party during Indaba at one of the backpacker establishments.

Marketing material

SAYTC regularly prints brochure maps that lists all members, their products or services and contact details. Brochure maps are distributed at:

  • international trade shows and selected travel agencies abroad
  • SAT in Australia
  • DTI offices in Chicago, New York and Italy
  • selected South African Tourism and South African Consulate offices abroad
  • key tourist information centres and travel centres countrywide
  • the establishments of all SAYTC members

Each year SAYTC also prints an A4 Show manual that highlights regions in SA, travel info and services in SA etc, catering to the international traveller. Members have the opportunity to advertise in this brochure that gets distributed at international shows, to give them exposure even if they are not attending the shows themselves.


Every SAYTC full member gets a listing on the SAYTC website – The listing has a direct link to the member’s own website. Current domains registered that direct to this website include:


The English language sector, EduSA, has a dedicated website at


  • BnB offers SAYTC members 15% discount on insurance. BnB Sure specialises in guesthouse, backpacker and B&B insurance.
  • SAYTC members get 15% discount off their WYSTC attendance.


SAYTC offers a powerful networking tool as it promotes and recommends SAYTC members amongst each other. Regional networking functions are held regularly and national functions are held annually. This networking strengthens your business and promotes regional cooperation.


As part of the Memorandum of Understanding between SAYTC and NAA-SA, full BSA members are entitled to receiving the following discounts and benefits:

  1. Special rate with ABSA Bank [3%] , Nedbank [2.5%] and FNB [3%] for credit card machines;
  2. Special Rate for credit and debit card transactions for Nedbank merchants at [2%];
  3. Special Rate for credit card transactions with American express [3%] for Nedbank merchants and [3,5%] for non Nedbank merchants;
  4. Special Rate for credit card transactions with Diners club [2.75%];
  5. Members get a 25% discount on TV licences;
  6. 15% discount on BnB Sure Insurance – [this is the preferred policy by NAA-SA and gives public liability insurance minimum 30 million rand];
  7. 20% discount at Earth Probiotic Recycling Solutions on Bokashi products that compost food waste using probiotic bacteria;
  8. Representation at tourism meetings where you are not represented.
  9. Access to our HR and Labour Law representation and advice at a reduced fee for your members.
  10. We will place a link on our national and regional websites to your SAYTC website and request a similar link on your website to us.
  11. Discount with Fit for Bed [20% beds and linen] and Cloud Nine [40% on beds].
  12. Discounted Ntshoms Hospitality consulting service fees [20%]
  13. Discount for establishment photography and branding solutions – Flash Photography and Graphic Design (20% on service fees.) This includes all stationary, letterheads, business cards, brochures, flyers etc… Additional discount is provided for print services as well
  14. Representation on CATHSSETA Hospitality Chamber, and access to training and skills development programmes;
  15. Loyalty points discount with Hirsch’s Homestores;
  16. Crimewatch notices and Alerts – these have saved members thousands of Rands as forewarned is forearmed!!
  17. NAA-SA branded establishment legal signage; limited liability, rights of admission, pool warnings etc…
  18. NAA-SA Guest Register and Guest Comments Books.


SAYTC is the united voice of the backpacking and adventure industry. It creates and maintains good relationships with other government, regional, national and international bodies in the tourism and travel industry. SAYTC represents you on the:

  • Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA)
  • Fair Trade and Tourism (FTTSA)
  • ALTO
  • South African Tourism website
  • The Federated Hospitality Association of SA (FEDHASA)
  • WYSE Travel Confederation who represents the international youth market at the UN World Tourism Organisation
  • WYSE Work Abroad

Information and statistics

As a SAYTC member, you will receive:

  • a newsletter providing interesting info and keeping you up to date with SAYTC and general travel industry news
  • your regional reports and other regional, show and conference reports
  • access to the latest industry research and statistics
  • crime watch notices: SAYTC assists in the protection of members and guests by reporting and circulating incidents of theft, bilking and missing persons

Membership tiers

Full Membership

A criteria for Full Membership for accommodation establishments is accreditation with any of the following organisations: the AA, SATSA, TKZN (Tourism KwaZulu-Natal), TGCSA (Tourism Grading Council), Fair Trade Tourism OR ECPTA ( Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Association).

A criteria for membership for tour and transport operators is the provision of the following documents: operating license, public liability insurance and passenger liability insurance.

  • Full Members receive all mails on runners, meetings, newsletters etc.
  • Full Members may attend meetings and networking
  • Comprehensive listing on website
  • Brochures and advertising benefits
  • Use of SAYTC
  • Voting rights

Associate Membership

Targeted at smaller members who can’t pay full fees or get accredited as the want to stay small, eg. a two-room backpackers on the Wild Coast.

  • Pay 50% of lowest membership tier.
  • Benefits:
    • Associate Members receive all mails on runners, meetings, newsletters etc.
    • Associate Members may attend meetings and networking
    • Separate listing on website under different category with a clear message stating that SAYTC cannot guarantee the standard or quality of the establishment.
  • Cannot use SATYC logo on marketing collateral, no funding, no advertising benefits, no voting, no banner ads, etc

Incubator Membership

  • Targeted at small backpackers/ start-up backpackers that want to get a feel for the industry and the organization.
  • BSA members can mentor them and help them to grow and become full time members
  • Available for new members only – for the maximum of one year.
  • Benefits:
    • Incubator Members receive all mails on runners, meetings, newsletters etc.
    • Incubator Members may attend meetings and networking

Membership rates for 2018

Pro rata rates will apply. Contact us for more info.

Full Members

Accommodation establishments: (to qualify you have to be graded with an accreditation body that SAYTC recognizes)

  • Full Members, Tier 1 (30 beds or less) – R2720
  • Full Members, Tier 2 (31 to 60 bed) – R4140
  • Full Members, Tier 3 (more than 61 beds) – R5440
  • Associate Members: R1360
  • Incubator Members: R640

Language centres:

  • Full Members: R5440
  • Permanent Associate Members: R5440
  • Incubator Members: R2720

Wheels/adventure operators (pax a year)

  • Tier 1 (under 100 pax per year) – R2720
  • Tier 2 (101 – 500 pax per year) – R4140
  • Tier 3 (above 501 pax per year) – R5440

Volunteer operators and intern placements (per year)

  • Tier 1 (under 50 pax per year) – R2720
  • Tier 2 (51 – 120 pax per year) – R4140
  • Tier 3 (above 121 pax per year) – R5440

Affiliate members

  • Tier 1 (below 1 mil turnover) – R2720
  • Tier 2 (1 mil to 2 mil turnover) – R4140
  • Tier 3 (above 2 mil turnover) – R5440

Second businesses

  • 1st business registered must be the biggest business and R990 for every business thereafter

Supplier Members

  • R990

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