RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, The leisure industry in South Africa’s North West Province is set to benefit from a pact aimed at increasing the number of graded tourism establishments in the province.
The provincial Department of Tourism recently entered into an agreement with the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) to grade establishments in the province in order to encourage more accommodation establishments and venues to be graded and stay graded under the star rating system of the TGCSA.
The tourism establishments selected to participate in the programme will be graded by the TGCSA at no cost, as the department will bear the costs. So far, the department has already funded the grading of about 80 establishments in villages, townships and small dorpies (hamlets) across the province at a cost of 450,000 Rand (about 33,600 US dollars) during the 2016/17 financial year.
The department will also spend the same amount for new grading and renewals in this financial year, says the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Tourism of North West Province, Desbo Mohono. He says the department has carefully considered which tourism establishments must be graded. The focus is mainly on smaller establishments which meet the minimum grading requirements as set by the TGCSA.
This is part of our contribution as the government to ensure that our product owners are developed and are aware of the worth of their businesses. We are going to continue to assist them until we are sure that their establishments are at the right standard, which will create a good experience for tourists. In the North West, we have a significant number of businesses or establishments that are unfortunately not graded,” he said.
Grading your bed and breakfast or guesthouse might not seem important, especially if you own a small establishment, but it’s actually vital for long-term success. Tourists and business travellers alike are more likely to stay at a graded establishment than in one without a grading, as they can then be assured of predictable and guaranteed levels of quality.”
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK