TBCSA WEEK IN REVIEW
For the week ending 25 November 2016
Welcome to this week’s edition of the TBCSA Week in Review. This week we continue with Part 2 of World Travel Market 2016 report, this time shifting focus to report on the establishment of a World Travel and Tourism Council trade association chapter which further strengthens TBCSA’s global network; we update you on the latest NEDLAC discussions related to the proposed National Minimum Wage; we take a look at the latest StatsSA Tourism Migration and Tourist Accommodation Reports; we share key highlights from a recent Cabinet meeting and conclude by highlighting a number of upcoming industry events for your diary.
TBCSA UPDATE ON THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Update on the National Minimum Wage deliberations
News of the proposed National Minimum Wage dominated headlines in the week. As you may be aware, a report produced by the National Minimum Wage (NMW) panel gave recommendations on policy and implementation on the NMW. Among others, a pertinent recommendation made by the panel is to have the minimum wage set at R3500 per month. To stay on top of the discussions, TBCSA will attend a BUSA meeting on Monday 28 November 2016 where we will raise the issues cited by the board members. Following the discussion at BUSA, government will afford business another opportunity to comment on the policy, before the policy gets enacted as law. We will keep you updated on all developments in this regard. Click here to view the NMW panel report.
Feedback from World Travel Market London 2016 Part 2
The first part of our WTM Feedback focussed on our observations of destination South Africa’s participation in WTM London and general highlights from the trade show. This week we shed light on one of two specific meetings wherein TBCSA participated – events, which are likely to have a significant bearing on the organisation’s global profile going forward.
National Travel Association Coalition (NTAC)
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) have heeded industry’s call for the introduction of a member category that caters for trade associations, with the formation of a new member chapter called the National Travel Association Coalition (NTAC). The NTAC held its first meeting during the 2016 WTTC Global Travel and Tourism Summit in Dallas, USA, with the second meeting taking place during the 2016 WTM London show.
The NTAC comes as a result of various calls within the industry, for the WTTC to have a chapter that represented the voice of businesses (small, medium and large) operating within the sector but did not necessarily have the financial muscle of large corporates to affiliate directly with the Council. The Coalition is made up of national trade organisations similar to the TBCSA from various parts of the world. Convened by the WTTC’s Snr VP of Government and Industry Affairs, Helen Marano, its founding member organisations are:
- Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association
- Caribbean Tourism Organisation
- Japan Travel and Tourism Association
- Tourism Business Council of South Africa
- Tourism Industry Association of Canada
- Tourism and Transport Forum of Australia
- S. Travel Association
The inaugural formal meeting of NTAC focussed on mapping out the Coalition’s Terms of Reference and key focus areas for 2017, with additional representation from the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA); the Egypt Tourism Federation and the European Travel Commission have also expressed interest in joining.
The goal is to provide a focussed forum for National Travel Associations to amplify the voice of the sector in promoting a better understanding of the sector’s role as a key economic driver. Amongst the objectives that the NTAC Members have outlined, include the wish to: work collectively to lift the perception of the sector to be considered more seriously by governments and economists; to know each other better and to form a strong resourceful network of like-minded associations; to consider global views on new models such as the sharing economy innovators; to circulate reports for each other’s benefits; to support each other for managing issues of common interest; and to balance the voice of big business within the WTTC.
The fact that TBCSA is represented in this global industry structure bears testament to the organisation’s stature as a key role-player, not only representing South Africa but also the Southern Africa region.
In our third and final instalment of the WTM Feedback report, we share information from the inaugural International Travel Crisis Management Summit (ITCMS). This is a new global initiative of the global tourism partnerships including amongst others the WTTC, PATA and UNWTO aimed at empowering the industry to respond proactively and efficiently to crisis situations.
Hotel Verde excels at the Skal International Sustainable Tourism Awards 2016
Skal International is an affiliate member of UNWTO, whose mission it is to promote the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. Now in its 15th year, the Skal International Sustainable Tourism Awards highlights and acknowledges best practice of sustainable tourism around the globe and also showcases the importance of our environment.
This great accolade was even noted by Government, as highlighted in the notes of the most recent Cabinet Meeting of 16 November 2016. We extend our sincere congratulations to Hotel Verde at Cape Town Airport – Africa’s Greenest hotel – who won the Urban Accommodation Award at this year’s Awards ceremony in Monaco. View all the winners from this year’s Skal International Sustainable Tourism Awards here.
FTT partners with Ecotourism Kenya to promote sustainable tourism
Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) is proud to announce that they have signed a mutual recognition agreement with Ecotourism Kenya. The agreement sees FTT recognising Ecotourism Kenya’s eco-certified lodges and hotels, which can now be incorporated by approved tour operators into Fair Trade Holidays – holiday packages that represent global practice in responsible tourism. With the latest partnership, it is now possible to travel the Fair Trade way in eight countries, namely South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar and Seychelles. Click here to view the FTT news release on this story.
LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY NEWS
Key notes from the Cabinet meeting of 16 November 2016
The quarterly progress reports were presented to Cabinet for the period of 1 July to 30 September. These reports monitor the implementation of Government’s Programme of Action like with the provisions of the Medium Term Strategic Framework and the National Development Plan.
Notable highlights from the Quarterly Progress Reports include:
- The work of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Investment is starting to bear fruit. During the quarter under review, Invest SA facilitated an investment pipeline amounting to R18.2 billion mostly in large scale gas to power projects
- The opening of the Swartkofontien road and bridge between South Africa and Botswana unlocks a new chapter in linking the South African border posts at Swartkopfontein to Botswana’s border post at Ramotswa. The upgraded road and bridge infrastructure, at an investment of R78.5 million resulted in 51 full time jobs being created over the 23-month contract period, with labour sourced from both countries.
- The Black Industrialists programme with an objective to increase role-players in the manufacturing sector, has to date supported 22 Black Industrialists and 1500 jobs have been created. 5 billion has been injected to support these industrialists.
- Cabinet has welcomed the successful conclusion of the 3rd session of the Bi-National Commission between Botswana and South Africa, led by the Presidents of the two countries to further deepen economic cooperation. Fast tracking work on the Lesotho Highlands Water Transfer Project, implementation of the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan to create regional value chains and manufacturing capacities, and cooperation in border management to combat cross-border crimes were amongst the areas explored.
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRY NEWS/ANNOUNCEMENTS
StatsSA Tourism & Migration Report for September shows a 10.6% increase from 2015On 23rd November, StatsSA released the latest Tourism and Migration Report for September 2016. The report shows that tourists to South Africa increased by 10.7% in September 2016 when compared to September 2015. The 716 750 tourists constituted of (1) overseas tourists – an increase of 18.1% from September 2015; (2) SADC tourists – an 8% increase from September 2015, and (3) tourists from other African countries – an increase of 3.3% from September 2015. Also to note is that 71.7% of tourists used road transport, whereas 28.3% and 0.04% used air and road transport respectively. Click here to view this report and, the StatSA Tourist Accommodation Report for September 2016 published on 21 November.
IMASP Call for Applications: Vienna Tourism Fair, 12 – 15 January 2017
The National Department of Tourism has published a call for applications to its International Market Access Support Programme (IMASP) to all eligible tourism businesses who wish to participate in the Vienna Tourism Fair that will take place from 12 – 15 January 2017 in Vienna, Austria. A limited number of spaces have been secured at the trade show and the Department will offer partial financial support on a reimbursement basis to qualifying enterprises in respect of capped amounts towards the cost of airfare, accommodation and participation/exhibition fees. Deadline for submissions is 29 November 2017. Click here to find out more
UJs STH bolstered by partnership with Flight Centre Travel Group
In a press statement dated 24 November, The University of Johannesburg’s School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) has announced an exciting partnership to bolster student and teaching support with the largest travel company in South Africa, the Travel Centre Group. The partnership has already seen the School secure new student bursaries and significant sponsorship of a lecture room at the Bunting Road Campus of the University. Click here to read the full press statement.
RETOSA launches Certified Expert Online Course for Travel Agents and Tour Operators
The Regional Tourism Organisation for Southern Africa (RETOSA) has launched a free Southern Africa Certified Expert online course for travel agents, tour operators and the broader travel and tourism trade. The programme aims to offer an opportunity for all stakeholders to learn more about Southern Africa’s best tourist offerings, while promoting intra-regional travel. The interactive 16 module course introduces learners to all 15 SADC countries, and equips them with the knowledge to better package, promote and sell each destination’s unique tourism offerings and attractions. We encourage members who are involved in selling the region to register for the course and become a RETOSA-certified expert on Southern Africa. Click here to find out more.
We trust that these 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.
Ms. Mmatšatši Ramawela
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER