For the week ending 02 September 2016
Welcome to this week’s edition of the TBCSA’s Week in Review. Welcome to the spring, to Tourism Month as well as Heritage Month! This year’s theme for Tourism Month is “Tourism for All” and puts a big emphasis on the issue of Universal Accessibility and affordability of domestic travel. We hope you can join SA Tourism and the NDT later in the month for the annual celebration of World Tourism Day in Parys on Tuesday 27 September.
What’s Up in this Weeks Review?
In this week’s edition in our Parliamentary section, we bring you updates on our selection Bills and their status and the document on the National Road Safety Strategy for your inputs. We also share with you discussion notes from the Tourism Portfolio Committee meeting that took place on Friday 26 August 2016; the details of the exciting “Welcome to Jozi” campaign launched by Joburg Tourism, and also share with you an easy guide (e-booklet) on unpacking the amended Tourism B-BBEE Sector Codes for your information. We also share with you a series of invitations for your consideration including the UJ-STH alumni and industry fundraising event taking place on 13 September 2016. In our regular items, it’s the latest update on the TOMSA Finders Keepers campaign as we move into the final stages of the competition. We end off by providing you with quick links to industry news that made headlines in the week and share with you dates of upcoming events in the week ahead.
FOR YOUR PERUSAL: COMMENTS ON THE NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY
As you may be aware, we are part of a BUSA task team on transport matters. In the past week, we were requested by the task team to comment on the National Road Safety Strategy 2016-2030, prior to the meeting of the task team that will take place in the middle of September. Some issues of concern in the strategy were, in the main, the lack of clarity on the role of the private sector on issues of road safety management. The strategy proposes that the National Road Safety Oversight Council would seemingly be made up of government departments only. This is a serious limitation as we believe that the private sector has an important role to play in almost all the pillars of the strategy. Also of concern is the fact that government has set itself a target to halve fatalities by 2030, amidst current high fatality rates. We feel that the fourteen-year period from 2016 to 2030 is rather long, given that one road fatality is one too many, and may create a negative picture of South Africa as a dangerous country to travel in. The draft comments that we collated were earlier sent to the affected TBCSA member associations, viz: SAVRALA, SATSA and SABOA for their inputs and comments. We will be sending the same document to BUSA since their deadline is end of business today. Please Click Here to read the commentary document that we have prepared in this regard.
PARLIAMENTARY BILL TRACKER
For your information we have provided here below a list of Tabled and Draft Bills and their current status in Parliament for your information. To view the Draft Bill, hover over and click on the Bill:
|Draft Bill||Status in Parliament|
|Immigration Amendment Bill||Bill ready to be signed into law by President|
|National Land Transport Amendment Bill||Under consideration by National Assembly|
|Border Management Authority Bill||Under consideration by National Assembly|
|Liquor Products Amendment Bill||Under consideration by National Assembly|
|National Forests Amendment Bill||Under consideration by National Assembly|
INFO: TOURISM PARLIAMENT PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE MEETING
Members of the Tourism Parliamentary Portfolio Committee met on Friday 26 August 2016. On the agenda, the Committee discussed the South Africa/India Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism; Committee Reports on KwaZulu-Natal oversight and Tourism Indaba. Click Here to view the meeting discussion notes for your information.
NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM
DOWNLOAD: EASY GUIDE E-BOOKLET FOR THE TOURISM B-BBEE SECTOR CODE
The National Department of Tourism has published an easy guide (e-booklet) for the amended tourism B-BBEE Sector Code to help the industry to better understand the amended codes. The booklet sheds some light on the objectives of the amended codes; its scope of application; compliance with the codes as well as the role of the tourism B-BBEE Charter Council. Click Here to download the e-booklet for the tourism B-BBEE sector Codes.
FINDERS KEEPERS CAMPAIGN HONING IN ON TOURISM MONTH CELEBRATIONS:
We are now in the final stages of the 2016 Finders Keepers competition. Last Sunday’s edition of the Sunday Times newspaper showcased the Western Cape province’s hidden tourism gems and participating TOMSA levy contributors. In this past weekend’s edition of the Sunday Times newspaper, the vast and sparsely populated province of Northern Cape was showcased. We would like to give a special thanks to Protea Marriott Hotel in Kimberleyas well as the Protea Hotel in Upingtonfor providing the team with accommodation during their fascinating and adventurous trip of the province. In this coming weekend’s edition of the Sunday Times, we will fittingly be showcasing the host province of this year’s Tourism Month, the splendid and geographical heart of our nation, The Free State. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a bumper Sunday Times edition this coming weekend.
Competition entrants have until Sunday 18 September – where the final double page-spread about the campaign will be published – to enter for the grand prize draw for R1 million. The final publication will focus on an array of cultural tourism attractions around South Africa and is a fine way of celebrating our heritage and tourism this September! We can certainly feel the excitement as we draw near on the announcement of the grand prize winner to be made in early October. Get your final two upcoming editions of the Sunday Times’ to see this exciting campaign drumroll to an end.
JOBURG TOURISM LAUNCHES THE “WELCOME TO JOZI” CAMPAIGN
This Tourism Month, Joburg Tourism has embarked on a domestic tourism awareness campaign called ”The Welcome to Jozi – Make a Visitor’s Day campaign.” #Welcome2Jozi aims to inform and educate Joburgers on how to be great Johannesburg ambassadors, promote the city, enhance the Joburg visitor’s experience and ensure that visitors have great memories of Joburg. It will also illustrate how tourism impacts each and every Joburg resident. Our colleagues at Joburg Tourism are requesting your assistance to spread the campaign on your media platforms. Click Here to see the campaign rollout in The Star newspaper.
INVITE: UJs STH ALUMNI AND INDUSTRY FUNDRAISING EVENT
The University of Johannesburg’s School of Tourism and Hospitality invites you to the alumni and industry fundraising event that the school will be hosting on Tuesday 13 September 2016. The aim of the event is to raise funds that will assist students, especially those that fall in the ‘missing middle’ category. STH are requesting you to extend the “challenge/fundraising encouragement” to other industry partners and alumni so that they can surpass their fundraising targets, which will be used for tuition fee support, books, uniforms, and upgrading of equipment and facilities. The campaign kicks off this week and has an SMS component; an email challenge and includes corporate pledges, which will culminate into a prestigious event hosted on 13 September 2016. Click Here to view your official invite to this worthy fundraising event for the industry.
BUSA INVITE: KING IV CONFERENCE, 01 NOVEMER 2016, SANDTON ICC
Our colleagues at BUSA have asked us to circulate the invitation for the King IV Conference taking place on 01 November 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre. A notable highlight from the conference will be the launch of the King IV Report and introduction of the King IV interactive mobile application, containing all the content of the King IV Report in an easy-to-use format. Click Here for more information on the 2016 King IV Conference. A host of recognised speakers include the Minister of Public Enterprises, Ms Lynn Brown; Chief Justice of South Africa, Mr Mogoeng Mogoeng; and Auditor-General of South Africa, Mr Thembekile Kimi Makwetu. The conference will be taking place as follows:
- Date: Tuesday, 1 November 2016
- Time: Registration between 07h30 – 08h30
- Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton
Click Here to register for the 2016 King IV Conference
INDUSTRY NEWS: QUICK LINKS
- South Africa proposes BRICS panel on tourism
- The long term impact of Brexit
- Who is developing today’s hotel tech innovations?
- Affordability of local travel highlighted ahead of Heritage Month
- #TourismForAll – A new beginning for Sho’t Left
UPCOMING EVENTS AND DATES TO NOTE AND DIARISE:
- 06 – 08 September; SAYTC National Conference, Sani Lodge, Drakensberg
- 06 September; NDT Tourism Policy Symposium, Protea Hotel, OR Tambo
- 07 September; IDC Business Women’s Dialogue, IDC Auditorium, Sandton
- 09 September; Annual NEDLAC Summit, Birchwood Hotel Conference Centre
- 09 September; 2016 Tourism Management Symposium, TUKS