TBCSA week in review, 21 October



For the week ending 21 October 2016

Welcome to this week’s edition of the TBCSA Week in Review:

In this week’s edition, we continue to give you special updates on the amended immigration regulations.  Members of our Tactical Board Sub-Committee connect every Monday morning, to assess progress and discuss the way forward and we give you an update on these discussions.  We share some insights from our latest TBCSA Tourism Business Index, whose 3rd quarter results were published last week.  As usual, we have an update from BUSA and we also feature some news coming out of the last week’s Cabinet meeting.

    Special update on the amended immigration regulations
    Members of the Board Tactical Sub-Committee, that is dealing with matters related to the amended immigrations connect on a weekly basis to assess progress being made in engaging our stakeholders. The latest update is as follows:
  • The office of the Deputy-President has responded to our follow-up correspondence indicating that the issues raised with him will be channeled to and dealt with through the Minister of Home Affairs. Yesterday, the Sub-Committee resolved to respond back to the Deputy President, expressing appreciation for his response and requesting for him to facilitate the industry’s engagement with the IMC that he convenes.
  • A meeting with DHA Director-General, Mr. Mkhuseni Apleni is scheduled for Thursday, 27th to specifically discuss the urgent matters of the delays at our international airports and the requirements for accommodation establishments to keep copies of their guest’s IDs;
  • Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs also responded positively to our letter and we are scheduled to make representations to the Committee on Friday, 28 October 2016. We have been informed that the Committee is specifically scheduling the Friday meeting to listen to our presentation;

In terms of dealing with the media, the Sub-Committee has agreed to adopt a pro-active approach to ensure that media is kept up to date on the developments as they affect our sector and to ensure that we all speak with one voice on this matter. Thus, apart from our special member updates we also have now begun to issue media advisories on a weekly basis.

  • TBCSA team ‘meet and greet’ session with SA Tourism CEO
    This week we officially met with the newly appointed SA Tourism CEO, Mr. Sisa Ntshona and had an opportunity to introduce the team and share a private sector perspective on a variety of industry issues.  Mr. Ntshona used the meeting as an opportunity to share his own views about the industry as an “outsider looking in” and he emphasised the economic potential of travel and tourism. He further highlighted the need for all role-players to work towards a common goal and said he was looking forward to a closer level of collaboration between the TBCSA and SA Tourism.
  • Q3 TBCSA Tourism Business Index report published
    As you will be aware, the latest TBCSA Tourism Business Index Report for the third quarter of 2016 has been published.  The report shows that business performance remains below ‘normal’ levels with an index score of 92.6 (where an index score above 100 is regarded as above normal levels of performance and vice versa), quite similar to the index score of 92.4 achieved in Q3 2015. However, performance in the accommodation sector remained resilient.

    A wide range of factors are attributed to the quarter’s performance including the weak Rand exchange rate which is said to have had a positive impact whilst the cost of input continues to put pressure on business performance.

    The outlook for Q4 however is not so optimistic. Overall, the expectation is that business performance levels will dip, reaching and index score of 87.1; If we delve deeper into the sub-indices: the accommodation sector expects that business performance will remain fairly stable in the last quarter of the year whilst other tourism businesses (all other businesses except accommodation) reflect a somewhat pessimistic outlook, expecting an index score of 69.9

    Since the release of the report, the TBCSA has garnered some publicity through social media using #tourismindexq3 and #tourismindex and through platforms such as Business Day TV, Cape Talk and ENCA. Look out today for our interview on ClassicFM’s business show Classic Business, Tuesday 25 October at 18:20.  To download the TBI report click here.

    TBCSA sends a message of condolences to the More family
    News of the tragic passing of Mrs. Britt More, as covered in various trade publications, and her burial last Thursday have not gone unnoticed.  As mentioned by many industry role-players who had an opportunity to work closely with her, she made a significant contribution to the industry working her way up the ranks within the then Protea Hotel Group and more recently in the More Hotel Group. Our deepest condolences go out to the More family, close friends and colleagues who had the opportunity to work with her.
    BUSA Study on business’s contribution to education and training
    BUSA is conducting a study on business’s wider education and training spend. The purpose of the study is to assess the impact and effectiveness of business’s contribution to education and training of individuals, following the recent outbreak of violent protests at higher institutions across the country. From the results, BUSA will develop a position and proposal around the matter.

    As members you are therefore requested to share information indicating existing initiatives that your organisation has undertaken in this regard, in the last year. In the case of associations, please circulate the enclosed template to your members and provide us with the collated responses.

    Please send us your responses to Ms Tebogo Umanah on tebogo@tbcsa.travel by Thursday 27 October 2016. This information will also be supported by internal research that BUSA will be conducting. To download the reporting template, click here.

  • SCAM Alert: Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund
    In other news coming from BUSA, we have been alerted to a scam involving the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund. The scam involves a bogus company called Compensation Insure LOG that is claiming to be a leading workman’s compensation provider in the world.

    They then defraud unsuspecting employers by charging a fee to issue them with a fraudulent Compensation Certificate for Injuries and Diseases Act that is valid for 12 months.

    Please do not interact with these fraudsters should you receive any correspondence from this company. To verify legitimacy of any Compensation Fund related documents please call the Compensation Fund Call Centre on 0860 105 350. Please also note that the compensation fund services are freely available.

    Cabinet welcomes R3 billion investment by Marriott International
    The most recent Cabinet meeting was held on 19th October 2016. In the meeting’s statement Cabinet welcomes the R3 billion investment by Marriot International that will see the world’s largest hotel group complete five new hotels in South Africa. Cabinet sees this as a demonstration of investor confidence in the country and positive future prospects of the local economy.

    Other notable highlights from the Cabinet statement include:
    A progress report on the establishment and implementation of a Broadband War Room, to expedite the implantation of SA Connect, the national broadband policy. As part of the war room’s terms of reference, several critical issues were identified that have a direct impact on the successful rollout of affordable, fast, reliable and secure internet;
    Approval of the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, which seeks to address the increasing number of racial incidents and to further address other types of criminal conduct motivated by bias, prejudice or intolerance in the form of hate crimes and hate speech which have occurred in the recent past. This Bill will now be gazetted for public comment.

    Call for entries to 2017 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards now open
    The World Travel and Tourism Council has published a call for entries for the 2017 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards taking place in Thailand in April. The awards are one of the highest accolades in the travel & tourism sector aimed at recognising best practice in sustainable tourism. We encourage members to make submissions in the following categories: (1) Community, (2) Destination, (3) Environment, (4) Innovation or (5) People.
    The deadline for submissions is 14 November 2016. Please contact Mr Alex Malapane on alex@tbcsa.travel to make your submission. For more information on the awards, click here.
  • Latest UNWTO publication: Tourism Highlights 2016 Edition
    For your information, the UNWTO recently published the latest 2015 Tourism Highlights report which presents a concise overview of international tourism in the world. The booklet covers key trends in international tourism in 2015; results by sub-region and country of destination; world’s top tourism destinations; outbound tourism by region and top spenders; and long-term forecast for Tourism towards 2030.

    Honing in on the African continent and the region, the report reveals international tourist arrivals to Africa in 2015 stood at 53.5 million people, where 35.4 million of those were to sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, Africa generated 3% of all international tourism receipts which is estimated at US$ 1260 billion (Europe capturing 50% of total receipts). In terms of spenders in international tourism, South Africa recorded double-digit growth in expenditure last year. To download the report click here

    Notable meetings and events in the week ahead:

    • 26 October – Medium Term Budget Policy Statement 
    • 27 October – National SMME Policy Colloquium                                                
    • 27 October – Meeting: DHA Director-General, DHA Office, Pretoria 
    • 28 October – Meeting: Presentation to Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, Parliament, Cape Town

    We trust that the updates we provide on our activities and the information we share from within and outside the industry is useful in your businesses. As always, your feedback is highly appreciated.

    Yours Sincerely

    Ms. Mmatšatši Ramawela


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