South African National Parks (SANParks) has revised commission margins for the travel trade.

The new commission margins will come into effect on bookings made after November 1, the start of the new two-year contracts.

To stimulate the growth of new and smaller entrants into the industry, favourable commission margins had been introduced for smaller operators, says SANParks Managing Executive: Tourism Development and Marketing, Hapiloe Sello.

The lower and average occupancy parks and commission margins for small businesses have been increased while high occupancy camps have seen reduced commission margins (except for the small turnover category).

High occupancy

The commission margins have been reduced from between 5%, for small turnover operators, and 15%, for high turnover operators, to 5% and 10% respectively.

Average occupancy

The commission margins have changed from between 10% and 30% to 15% and 25%, respectively.

Low occupancy

The commission margins have changed from between 15% and 35% respectively, to 40% for all turnover categories.

This is SANParks strategy to grow occupancies in lower use camps and national parks, while ensuring small players play a part in the SANParks business, says Sello.