The Board of South African Tourism (SA Tourism) has accepted the resignation of Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer, Ms Sthembiso Dlamini.
As the country concluded its Tourism Month campaign, the Minister of Tourism, Lindiwe Sisulu today hosted a virtual stakeholder engagement forum which created a platform for robust dialogue on accelerating the sector recovery efforts.
The Department of Tourism calls on eligible enterprises to apply for the Tourism Transformation Fund (TTF), and the Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) from today, 1 October 2021.
I would like to start by quoting Peter Drucker. When he says: “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” Today, I applaud your courage and determination and emphasise your significance in the tourism value chain.
As Tourism Month celebrations conclude, Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) has launched a new grading system to ensure quality-assured accommodation and facilities that are accredited and graded by TGCSA comply with international standards. This means that accommodation establishments, hospitality and conference venues will be able to have a seamless process applying for grading.
Tourism Month is the celebration of people, places and products. With people at the heart of its brand, South Africa boasts a wealth of diverse landscapes and cityscapes, populated with an array of tourism products to suit every traveller’s need.
As you all know, we cannot begin to talk about tourism without reflecting on the major hindrances that are impeding tourism recovery. We cannot talk about tourism without indicating the progress we are making in reversing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Part of our World Tourism Day celebrations, is the annual public lecture. The purpose of this public lecture is to not only raise awareness on the crucial role that academic institutions and government play in promoting tourism in South Africa... It is also to advance the dialogue between the policy-makers and the academic institutions on the importance of inclusive tourism growth in South Africa.
The ninety-minute discussion will
highlight policy initiatives that range from Skills Development
Programmes, to incentivised business funding initiatives that will be
implemented as part of the objectives of the National Tourism Sector
Strategy (NTSS) and the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan (TSRP).
The Pilot Mentorship Programme is
established to test the effectiveness of mentorship to assist in growing
the tourism industry and supporting, growing and transforming
leadership and enterprises within it.
Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit
will take place from 19th to 21st September 2021. It will be the African
travel trade’s first hybrid conference, whereby tourism stakeholders
can access events physically and online. And in an unprecedented move by
South African Tourism, the Summit will be held in five venues across
Africa, including Johannesburg and Durban.
The Africa Travel and Tourism Summit
will give tourism policy makers and product owners an opportunity to
reflect and respond efficiently to the current challenges imposed in the
main by the pandemic.
World Tourism Day is a United Nations
designed day celebrated annually across the world to focus and advocate
for the centrality and contribution of the tourism sector towards the
attainment of the global development goals for sustainable development
and the fight against poverty.
The Department of Tourism has continued to receive enquiries
since the closure of the Tourism Relief Fund about the prospects of new
funding to continue to support enterprises who are facing renewed
challenges due to the impact of COVID19.
As the matter approaches its
resolution in court, we appeal for patience from all applicants who have
kept our lines busy seeking answers on when feedback on their
applications would be provided and when processing of applications will
Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will host a media briefing to provide an update on the Tourism Equity Fund. The
Fund was launched at the beginning of 2021 to drive transformation in
tourism, and to facilitate sector recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following a High Court interdict in April, the processing and payment
of the Tourism Equity Fund was halted.
The SMME Workshops are a significant
part of the drive to structurally transform our economy, rebuild the
tourism sector and assist tourism trade partners to reopen post
COVID-19. As part of the Travel with Purpose Campaign, we have rolled out these workshops across all nine provinces.
This UNESCO heritage site offers
spectacularly scenic wilderness of immense geological importance. The
Makhonjwa Mountains are a major drive for both domestic and
international tourism and they take you on a journey into the mists of
an impossibly distant past of more than three point five billion years.
The Imbizo in the Gert Sibande
District Municipality will provide a platform for the Minister, the
executives from the province to engage with the community on the
initiatives and opportunities that exist in the Tourism sector for the youth, women, people with disabilities and SMMEs.
The Minister will engage with stakeholders to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism businesses in the area. She will also visit various tourist attractions
to encourage the sector to comply with regulations as we set the country on a recovery trajectory and position ourselves as a unique destination of choice.
The Minister will engage with
stakeholders to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism
businesses in the area. She will also visit various tourist attractions
to encourage the sector to comply with regulations as we set the country on a recovery trajectory as the preferred destination of choice.
Representing South Africa at the
forum, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mr Fish Mahlalela, welcomed delegates
and reiterated that the South African Government places tourism high on
its agenda for sustainable growth and job creation which is one of the
eight interventions in the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan.
I am delighted to note that in this
workshop you are going to robustly engage on the discussions and sharing
information and the best practices on tourism recovery plans in
addressing the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Deputy Minister will visit various
tourism establishments and interact with product owners in Madibeng and
Moses Kotane Local Municipalities with the view of assessing how their
businesses were affected by the pandemic and how all spheres of
government can intervene by reviving them
It is my distinct honour and privilege
to address the virtual launch of this ground-breaking venture: a
Tourism Equity Fund that will speed up transformation in one of the most
crucial sectors of our economy.
The Launch of the Tourism Equity Fund
today will go a long way in meeting the developmental agenda of our
country which is guided by the principles of empowerment, inclusivity
and transformation, with the view of advancing economic opportunities to
The Tourism Equity Fund is a dedicated
fund that will provide a combination of debt finance and grant funding
to facilitate equity acquisition as well as new project development in
the tourism sector by black entrepreneurs.
The fund is aimed at creating an
inclusive and growing tourism sector by supporting entrepreneurship and
investment on the supply side of the tourism sector. The fund will offer
a combination of debt finance and grant funding for large capital
investment projects in the tourism sector.
Ms Mirriam Mmaditonki Setwaba was
appointed Deputy Director-General: Tourism Sector Support Services at
the Department of Tourism
As we approach the festive season,
Minister Kubayi-Ngubane will continue with her visits to various
attractions and establishments, particularly in Eshowe with its abundant
natural diversity, as part of a campaign to encourage people to explore
their country while adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols.
I want to thank you in advance for the generous donations that you are going to make tonight. Let us make it possible for the kids and the young people in our country to get the tools to be their own liberators. The two schools that are going to be the recipients of your generous donations are a site in which the great leaders, judges, chefs, engineers and CEOs of major institutions are being molded.
This campaign not only seeks to
showcase some of the country’s hidden gems, but will also go a long way
in supporting the tourism sector’s revival following the devastating
impact of COVID-19
here as Government to get our communities out of their houses, to visit areas
of attraction that are within their Municipalities and Provinces. We believe
that by word of mouth and using gadgets, we can create a circle of family
friends where you share information on tourist attraction. One may then ask;
how do we get out of the house now that we are in Alert Level 1?
Our engagement takes place today under
the theme: “An appropriately skilled tourism workforce offering
excellent visitor experiences and contributing to the inclusive growth
of the tourism economy in South Africa operating in the Covid-19
Tourism Green Coast created 120
learnership opportunities in the environmental and sustainable tourism
sectors for unemployed, previously disadvantaged youth between the ages
of 18 and 35 living in Wild Coast communities.
As the front-line professionals, information-givers and interpreters in the industry, tourist guides are a key component of the tourism value chain. With growing global environmental and health scares, tourist guides will also serve as important mediums for conveying vital messages that promote the goals of responsible tourism.
Themed “Tourist Guides – Contributors to Sustainable Tourism and Jobs,” the ITG celebrations will take stock of the contribution of the Guiding Profession in creating sustainable tourism economies and jobs.
The objective of the workshop is to encourage countries to utilise grading and classification systems to give consistency to the quality image of a sub-region; to meet the demand of the market; and to facilitate exchanges and rapprochement between sub-regional systems.
“The sector has a skills gap in responsible tourism with limited skilled people to assist establishments to reduce energy, electricity and waste management. The Tourism Resource Efficiency Training programme assists youth with these skills to support the sector to be sustainable,” said Deputy Minister Mahlalela.
Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mr. Fish Mahlalela, will officiate the certification ceremony of Mpumalanga learners who successfully completed the Department’s Tourism Resource Efficiency Training Programme.
The Department of Tourism in collaboration with Limpopo Department of Economic Development, and Tourism, and Waterberg District Municipality will be hosting a tourism information sharing session in Modimolle for Small Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMME’s).
NELSPRUIT - Deputy Minister of Tourism Mr. Fish Mahlalela today called on the tourism sector to double government’s initiatives to curb youth unemployment in the country.
Deputy Minister of Tourism Mr. Fish Mahlalela will officiate the graduation ceremony where two hundred and eighty nine (289) learners will receive CATHSSETA accredited National Certificates in Fast Food Services (NQF level 3).
Please note that the Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane's visit to the province of KwaZulu-Natal for a two-day programme in Newcastle has been postponed to a later date. This includes an engagement with tourism stakeholders and a visit to learners at Khethukuthula Secondary School as part of a back-to-school campaign.
Community beneficiation is at the heart of the National Rural Tourism Strategy, Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk said today. The Minister launched the National Rural Tourism Strategy and also unveiled phase 3 of the Donkey Cart Project in Wupperthal, Cederberg, in the Western Cape.
The aim of the Department of Tourism and government is to safeguard the long-term prosperity of the tourism industry through sustainable development, giving special attention to training human resources in specifically tourism-orientated skills, which will ensure the professionalism of service performance.
Training in hospitality can change the lives of young people forever, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom told graduates in wine service today.
The launch of a Donkey Tracking Route through the scenic Cederberg mountains has brought jobs and hope for the remote Western Cape community.
Modern tourism’s success depends on, and is closely linked to skills development. In fact, they share a symbiotic relationship. These dynamics have turned tourism into a key driver for socio-economic progress. It has subsequently been identified as one if the economic pillars.
My dear graduates, I am so happy to be here with you today. I have been at a number of these graduations and it only serves to inspire me more. When I look at you, I see the future of this beautiful democracy. I see our young people taking up the reigns and contributing to the growth of our economy. I see leaders in the making. I see the face of a new South Africa.
Tourism Growth and Development will take centre stage when Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ms Tokozile Xasa, engages stakeholders and local communities in the Eastern Cape under the theme “Together we move South Africa forward” during the National Imbizo Focus Week from 30 November to 04 December 2015.
Tourism Growth and Development will take centre stage when the Minister of Tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom, engages stakeholders and local communities in the Western Cape under the theme “Together we move South Africa forward” during the National Imbizo Focus Week from 30 November to 04 December 2015.
Eden District Municipality celebrated the graduation of its Tourism Buddies programme, with a total of 232 learners from across the Eden region. The ceremony took place at the George Civic Centre, Western Cape in the presence of the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ms Tokozile Xasa, George Speaker, Cllr Daniël Maritz, and Eden Acting Executive Mayor, Cllr Lionel Esau.
Deputy Minister of
Tourism, Ms. Tokozile Xasa, will officiate over the ceremony where more than
four hundred and eighty fifty (485) students will receive their CATHSSETA
accredited National Certificate in Accommodation Services NQF Level 2, and
National Certificate in Food and Beverages NQF level 4.
Mkhanyakude District Municipality celebrated the graduation of its Tourism Buddies programme, with 146 learners receiving certificates of completion after 12 months of training.
Tonight is about acknowledging and rewarding excellence. It is about identifying the best out of an impressive reservoir of excellence. Most importantly, tonight is about you. You have been selected as the best of the best.
Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has urged Northern Cape tourism business owners to join hands with the three spheres of government to grow tourism in the province.
The baton for the National Tourism Careers Expo has been passed on to the Free State – the third of our provinces to host this prominent event for the next period of three years. Before this, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape have already helped us to mainstream tourism as a career of choice amongst the youth of South Africa by hosting successful Expos for the past 6 years.
The Sand Du Plessis Theatre will be a place to be from the 01-03 October 2015. Some 10 000 learners, 750 educators, close to 500 unemployed graduates and tourism students will converge at the theatre for the National Tourism Careers Expo (NTCE) 2015 under the theme “Tourism: Alive with Opportunities”.
The Department of Tourism in conjunction with the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism (LEDET) and its marketing agency, the Limpopo Tourism Authority (LTA), celebrated World Tourism Day (WTD) on 25 September, in a ceremony inspired by the culture and heritage of Limpopo – under the localised tourism month theme – "A Million New Opportunities Await."
The launch will highlight the expo as an interactive, not to be missed event for learners, educators and unemployed youth looking to start a career in the tourism and hospitality sector.
"We have built these facilities to enhance this world heritage site. The Witsieshoek project is a perfect example of what can be achieved when government works hand in hand with the community to develop tourism in an inclusive and sustainable manner," said Hanekom.
The Department of Tourism in partnership with UNISA Graduate School for Business Leadership (UNISA SBL) hosted a breakfast session for the Executive Development Programme (EDP) for Women in Tourism on Friday, 22 July 2016. The EDP breakfast was a session where the tourism partners offered their support to 20 women who have been selected for the EDP pilot programme intake.
South African Tourism (SAT) invites reputable members of the South African Tourism Industry to form part of the Adjudication Panel of The Lilizela Tourism Awards.
Minister Tokozile Xasa will host the annual Women in Tourism (WiT) Conference in Port Elizabeth themed: "Sustainable Tourism: A Tool for Radical Socio-Economic Development for Women".
Today is an auspicious and exciting day for the graduates as they are being recognised for completing the requirements of the course they signed up for and committed themselves to. They are reaping the fruits of their hard work and efforts to qualify as skilled Chefs who are in high demand.
of Tourism, through its Social Responsibility Implementation (SRI) Programme, will
host graduation ceremony to honour students from the Free-State who
participated in the Tourism Buddies Training progammme.
Officials from the Department of Tourism will visit multiple sites across the country to interact with tourists and encourage Responsible and Safe tourism practices this holiday season.
Today more than 2000 from across the country assembled in what is dubbed as the biggest learner excursion in South Africa at the opening Ceremony of the 10th Edition of the National Tourism Career Expo.
The event provides an opportunity for tourism curricula experts to share information with tourism educators, and for stakeholders within the sector to share information on a variety of careers the sector has to offer. It is designed to bridge the information gap between the industry, government, learners and educators.
Themed: “Tourism and the Digital Transformation”. Premised on the 2018 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) theme for World Tourism Day, the Public Lecture will explore the impact of digital transformation on the demand and supply of tourism services and products - with a particular focus on small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs).
Deputy of Tourism Ms Elizabeth Thabethe together with Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle visited the Cecil Makiwane Hospital, in East London Mdantsane to assess the impact of the nationwide youth hospitality skills initiative
The Department of Tourism in collaboration with the North West Province will host a graduation ceremony to honour learners who participated in the National Food Safety Assurers Youth Training Programme.
The Department of Tourism has established a fund to help black-owned enterprises to benefit from South Africa's growing tourism sector. Securing funding has been identified as a major obstacle to establishing new businesses and to growing existing tourism enterprises. Applications for funding are open until 31 August 2018.
Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe will officially
launch a Tourism Enterprise Development Business Incubator in Phalaborwa
– Limpopo as part of a greater objective to grow and sustain SMMEs in
Addressing guests and graduates at the ceremony, Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi- Ngubane appealed to the graduates to continue to actively participate in the opportunities presented by government to advance themselves, as we all strive to grow South Africa together.
Minister of Tourism, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will preside over a graduation ceremony to honour learners who successfully completed the National Youth Chefs Training Programme (NYCTP).
The Good Green Deeds Programme was launched earlier this year by President Cyril Ramaphosa and through this campaign Government seeks to highlight the importance of active citizenry in the protection of natural resources including tourism sites and the management of pollution
Fifty eight graduates from the Eastern Cape and 35 graduates from the Western Cape received their qualifications as Chefs over the last week, with more provinces scheduled for November 2019 and January 2020.
JOHANNESBURG: The annual Lilizela Tourism Awards took place on Saturday, 09 November 2019, honouring excellence in South Africa’s tourism and hospitality industry - which drives the industry to levels of greatness through providing the highest standards of service excellence.
It is my pleasure to be here with you today, to witness this special occasion, the graduation ceremony of Tourism Monitors. Tourism is a key economic pillar and a significant generator of revenue and employment. Government’s recognition of the critical importance of tourism in the economy is evident in the sector’s inclusion as one of the priority areas in the National Development Plan .
The objectives of the Tourism Monitors Programme is primarily the enhancement of tourism safety awareness at key tourism attractions and consequently reduce the number of criminal incidents that are directed against tourists, to eliminate opportunities for such crime and to integrate current tourism safety and awareness initiatives into sustainable programmes.
Our tourist attractions as a country can only do so much to attract tourists, however, the people of South Africa need to make a concerted effort to continually increase the levels of hospitality and friendliness, and the general level of service.
The theme of this expo: “Broadening Your Horizons through Tourism Opportunities” is reflective of the skills revolution we are currently embarking upon as a country. Tourism is an industry capable of mass absorption of semi-skilled and skilled labour.
In celebration of Tourism Month, the Department of Tourism announces the opening of the final application window in the current budget cycle for the Tourism Transformation Fund (TTF) and the Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP). The application window is now open for a period of seven months until 31 March 2020.
This year National Tourism Career Expo's theme, "Broadening Your Horizons Through Tourism Opportunities" speaks directly to the expectations of World Tourism Organisation in their conceptualisation of international Tourism Month, of which in South Africa will be celebrated under the theme "Tourism and jobs - a better future for all"
Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe, will officiate the graduation ceremony in Bloemfontein where ninety one (91) learners will receive CATHSSETA accredited National Certificates in Food and Beverages Services (NQF level 4), and National Certificates in Accommodation Services (NQF Level 2).
The objective of this three-year programme that targets 300 unemployed youth is to upskill and ensure that they are employable within the hospitality and wine industry. Successful graduates will be equipped with theoretical and practical skills on the Wines of the World, Viticulture, Food and Wine Pairing, Bar-attendant skills training and customer care.
KWAZULU-NATAL (KZN) - Deputy Minister of Tourism Ms. Elizabeth Thabethe will visit the Highgate Wine Estate in Lions River to oversee the practical training of the wine stewards who are participating in Department’s Wine Service Youth Training Programme.
The Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, invites nominees to serve as members of the Tourism Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Charter Council for a period of three years. This invitation is extended to suitably qualified and experienced individuals from civil society, the tourism sector, small enterprises, academia, labour and youth.
The Department of Tourism’s Director-General (DG) Victor Tharage, led a senior multi-departmental government delegation to meet with tourism stakeholders around the Vilakazi Precinct, in order to develop a framework which seeks to address the challenges faced by these stakeholders, at the Uncle Tom’s Hall in Soweto this morning.
A senior multi departmental government delegation team will on Wednesday 13 February 2019 host a stakeholder meeting with representative of business, tourism, residents and other interested and affected parties with the aim of addressing continuing challenges and recent developments in the Vilakazi Street tourism node in Soweto.
Deputy Minister of Tourism Ms. Elizabeth Thabethe will host the 5th annual Women in Tourism (WiT) Conference in Rustenburg in the North West Province, 23-24 January 2019.