Tourism Grad­ing Coun­cil In­tro­duces New Dis­counts

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From Feb­ru­ary this year, the Tourism Grad­ing Coun­cil of South Africa (TGCSA) will be ad­min­is­ter­ing this pro­gramme and in­tro­duc­ing at­trac­tive new dis­counts to bring new play­ers into the sys­tem while in­cen­tivis­ing ex­ist­ing mem­bers to main­tain their grad­ing sta­tus.

The pro­gramme was in­tro­duced by the Na­tional Depart­ment of Tourism (NDT) in 2015 to en­cour­age more ac­com­mo­da­tion es­tab­lish­ments and venues to be­come graded, while em­pow­er­ing emerg­ing play­ers and ac­cel­er­at­ing the trans­for­ma­tion of the sec­tor.

“We wel­come this im­por­tant over­sight role en­trusted to us by the depart­ment, which will fur­ther help re­move the bar­ri­ers – chiefly, cost – that may be pre­vent­ing par­tic­u­larly smaller busi­nesses from be­com­ing graded,” said Sisa Nt­shona, CEO of South African Tourism.

“We hope the at­trac­tive dis­counts will in­cen­tivise them to be­come a mem­ber of the TGCSA fam­ily and en­joy the many ben­e­fits of be­ing graded, from en­hanced vis­i­bil­ity by be­ing listed on the Grad­ing Coun­cil’s web­site to its ex­ten­sive Bas­ket of Ben­e­fits. The pub­lic will ben­e­fit from hav­ing more star-graded op­tions to choose from, and the tourism busi­nesses them­selves will now find it more af­ford­able to be graded and be­come a for­mal part of the tourism ecosys­tem.”

The TGCSA al­lo­cates star grad­ings to es­tab­lish­ments based on their ser­vice of­fer­ings, pro­vid­ing lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors with an in­ter­na­tion­ally bench­marked as­sur­ance of qual­ity.

The pi­lot phase of the pro­gramme, which forms part of the depart­ment’s Tourism In­cen­tive Pro­gramme, of­fered re­bates on the grad­ing as­sess­ment fees paid to the TGCSA. The re­bate sys­tem will now be re­placed by an up­front dis­count on as­sess­ment fees as part of the TGCSA’s im­proved on­line grad­ing ap­pli­ca­tion process.

The changes mean that graded es­tab­lish­ments can save up to 90% of their mem­ber­ship fees for a pe­riod of three years if they meet pro­gramme cri­te­ria (such as tax and BBBEE com­pli­ance) and are Tourism Levy South Africa (TOMSA) mem­bers. The 1% TOMSA levy col­lected by ac­com­mo­da­tion and meet­ings es­tab­lish­ments is used to aug­ment South African Tourism’s an­nual bud­get al­lo­ca­tion to mar­ket South Africa.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the project, visit

Nelisiwe Yengwa Op­er­a­tions Man­ager TGCSA 011 895 3000 nelisiwe@touris­m­grad­

or con­tact:

Mputle Seloane Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor NDT 012 444 6429

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