Free State Tourism Authority

The Free State Tourism Authority Act (Act 4 of 2011) mandates the Free State Tourism Authority to achieve four important goals, namely;

  • Marketing of tourism,
  • Promotion of tourism; and
  • Development of sustainable tourism within the province
  • Promotion of major sports events to promote tourism

The former Phakisa Major Sport Events and Development Corporation was incorporated into the Free State Tourism Authority.


The mandate provides a guide to both the mission of the organization as well as its strategic priorities and objectives. This mandate is summarized as follows;

Tourism Product Development

Facilitate and coordinate all the activities of partners and stakeholders in the development of the tourism products across the tourism sector within the Free State Province.

Tourism Marketing

Promote and market the Free State tourism and hospitality nationally, regionally and internationally.

Resorts and Reserves

Oversee the management and administration of resorts and nature reserves belonging to the Provincial Administration.

Major Cultural and Sporting Events

Attract, promote and host major national and international cultural and sporting events in the Province.

Key Programmes and Projects

Some of the key programmes and projects hosted and/or supported by the Free State Tourism Authority include;

  • Tour de Free State
  • Phakisa Powerboat Festival, Parys
  • Mangaung Arts and Cultural Festival (MACUFE), Bloemfontein
  • Cherry Jazz Festival, Ficksburg
  • Beach on the Track, Welkom
  • Tourism Month

Visit our website to learn more about the Free State Tourism Authority and its programmes.