TOURISM establishments will now save up to 90% on the cost of star grading following the integration of the Tourism Grading Support Programme (TGSP) under the broader Tourism Incentive Programme of the Tourism Department (DoT) into the systems and processes of Tourism Grading Council of SA (TGCSA).
Dot communications chief director Trevor Bloem said this would alleviate some of the cost burden on small enterprises and ensure a siingle point for enterprises to access all the benefits of being star graded. “This decision came as a result of discussions between the department and the TGCSA to increase the programme benefits and to simplify the application process.” Bloem said the objective of TGSP was to encourage accomodation establishments and venues to get graded ands stay graded under the star grading system of TGCSA.
“The pilot phase offered graded establisments rebates of between 30% and 60% on assessment fees retroactively. The programme has however been integrated into the improved online appplication process of the TGCSA www.tourismgrading.co.za with an increased through upfront discounts of up to 90% on assessment,” Bloem said.
DoT director general Victor Tharage said the department was confident the simplified process together with greater benefits offered would encourage enterprises to get graded and conform to recognised quality standards. He said these in turn contributed to overall destination competitiveness. SA Tourism chief executive officer Sisa Ntshona welcomed the move.