Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP)


The Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) is a resource efficiency incentive programme of the Department of Tourism whose objective is to encourage private sector tourism enterprises to move towards the sustainable management of water and energy resources whilst adhering to responsible tourism practices.

Through grant funding, the GTIP assists private sector tourism enterprises in reducing the cost of investing in more energy and water efficient operations, while increasing their competitiveness, profitability and operational sustainability in the long term.

The GTIP broadly offers the following to qualifying tourism enterprises:

  • 90% of the cost for a new resource efficiency audit or the full cost for reviewing an existing resource efficiency audit conducted by the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA); and
  • grant funding to qualifying small and micro enterprises on a sliding scale from 30% to 90% of the total cost of implementing qualifying resource efficiency interventions, which is capped at R 1 million.

The programme is managed by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on behalf of the Department and all applications and approvals are managed by the IDC.


The next window period for applications of the Tourism Green Incentive Programme will open from 02 September to 30 November 2019.


  • Applicants should submit their application forms and supporting documents directly to the IDC, who will assess applications for GTIP eligibility.
  • More detailed information on the GTIP as well as an application form can be downloaded from the IDC Website:
  • All GTIP enquiries should be sent to:
  • Note that incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.


Prospective applicants for the Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) are advised to be wary of people purporting to be representatives or agents of the programme.

Please note that the IDC and the department have not appointed agents or consultants to assist enterprises with the preparation of applications. The use of and payment of any fees to consultants is at the discretion of the applicants.

Green Tourism Incentive Programme brochure

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