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TBCSA Week in Review, dated 13 December 2016

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TBCSA WEEK IN REVIEW

13 December 2016

Dear All

Welcome to this week’s edition of the TBCSA Week in Review.
In this final edition for 2016, we continue to update you on the latest developments with the implementation of the Amended Immigrations Regulations; We congratulate the new TOMSA Board Chairman and Deputy on their recent appointment; We share news coming from our member associations ASATA, AXXO and EXSA and wrap up with updates from BUSA concerning the Employment and Tax Incentives

SECRETARIAT UPDATE
Board approved way forward to resolve the Immigration Regulations Impasse
The TBCSA Board held its last meeting for the year on Tuesday, 6 December 2016. On the agenda was a progress report on the Council’s ongoing efforts to engage various stakeholders regarding the on-going challenges the industry faces with the implementation of the Amended Immigration Regulations and a discussion on the way forward.

The meeting discussed the organisation’s adoption of a multi-pronged approach to engage relevant stakeholders on the industry’s concerns and ongoing challenges relating to the Amended Immigration Regulations.

As a way forward, the meeting agreed to afford the Board Chairman, Mr Mboweni, the opportunity to broker a resolution by engaging the Ministers of Tourism and Home Affairs. The chairman was requested to undertake this engagements before the end of the year to enable the board to consider an alternative approach early in the New Year if a suitable solution is not secured (the impasse continues).

The main objective of the meetings is to allow the board chairman to re-state the TBCSA’s case and desired solution on the challenges currently experienced by the members and that industry at large with the Amended Immigration Regulations. Through this meeting, the Board hopes for a positive outcome on the Amended Immigration regulations and to mend relations with the Home Affairs Department and Minister Gigaba; and by extension, the rest of Cabinet and Government. The dates for the meetings with the two Ministers have been set and we will look forward to give you feedback from the board chairman.

DHA Briefing in Implementing Phase 2 of IMC Decisions on the Immigration Regulations
On Wednesday 07 December, we attended a DHA stakeholder briefing session where they were giving progress in the implementation of phase 2 (short-term) of the October 2015 decisions of Cabinet’s Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on the Immigration regulations. Click Here to read highlights from the briefing session

Minister of Home Affairs announces interim plans to ease airport congestion
On Thursday, 08 December, Minister of Home Affairs held a media briefing at OR Tambo International to announce temporary measures to address congestion and delays at our major international airports. He announced as follows:

  • That a total of 92 additional staff will be deployed at OR Tambo International Airport from 9 December 2016 to 14 January 2017;
  • That the additional staff will do two shifts a day to cover for the overlap between normal shifts and allow for 100% capacity at the workstations with all cubicles utilised for traveller processing at peak hours’ periods
  • To tackle delays, DHA is in discussions with ACSA on how best to rearrange counters to separate South Africans who do not need to take fingerprints from foreign nationals (especially those who are providing a full set of fingerprints for the first time)

In our media responses, we stated that whist the TBCSA appreciates all efforts made to ease the pressures experienced at the airports by travellers and tourism businesses, the Council hopes that the Department will consider extending these temporary measures to be in line with the full tourism peak season.

TOMSA Board Appoints New Office Bearers
At its board meeting of 6th December 2016, the TOMSA board elected AVIS Sales Executive and TBCSA Board member, Lance Smith as its new Chairman.  Smith, who previously served as TOMSA deputy-Chairman takes over from Franco Jordaan who has reached his term as Board Chairman.   Alastair Dooley, Divisional Director Financials at City Lodge Hotel group takes over the reigns as Deputy Board Chairman. Congratulations to the new office bearers as we wish them success in their new roles.

TBCSA in the media
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MEMBER NEWS 

Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) joins ASATA membership
Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), South Africa’s largest travel company with an annual sales turnover of more than R5bn, has officially joined the Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) as members. Andrew Stark, Managing Director of FCTG, said that the opportunity to participate in local and global industry-decision making was a key driver in the group’s decision to join ASATA. Click Here to read more

AAXO and EXSA join forces for Annual Excellence Awards
The Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) and the Exhibition and Events Association for Southern Africa (EXSA) have joined forces on a joint awards venture ceremony that aims to recognise and promote excellence within the local exhibition and events industry. The respective AAXO ROAR (Respect, Opportunities, Achievements and Responsibility) and EXSA EXSA-llence Awards event ceremony on 26 January 2017 will provide role players who contribute to all aspects in the exhibition and events sector with a platform to win and showcase their portfolio of work (namely but not limited to, design of stand, marketing strategy, sustainability, and ROI). The event will also provide ample opportunity to network with industry role-players and a broad selection of suppliers.

BUSA NEWS:
EMPLOYMENT AND LEARNERSHIP TAX INCENTIVE SCHEME EXTENDED
The National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces have approved the extension of the Employment and Learnership Tax Incentive schemes. The Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) has been extended for two years and the Learnership Tax Incentive for five years. BUSA has welcomed the adoption of the schemes by Parliament, saying that it conjunction with the CEO Initiative and with the support of these incentives, business will seek to make a meaningful contribution to growing youth employment. Click Here to read the full statement from BUSA

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL REPORTS/ STATISTICS
Catering and accommodation sector PERFORMANCE contracted in Q3
The latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report published by StatsSA reveals that the South African economy grew by 0.2% (year-on-year) in Q3 of 2016. The report cites main contributors to this growth were the Mining, Finance, Real Estate and Business services. On the downside, the Trade, Catering and Accommodation sector contracted by -2.1%; while the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector contracted by -0.3% (the 2015/16 drought a major contributor to this). On a positive note for the industry, the Transport sector grew by R5 billion. Click Here to download the full report  

WTTC Monthly Economic Impact report for October 2016
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) have released its latest Monthly Economic Impact report for October 2016. The report highlights that the UK economy grew robustly, with 0.5% GDP growth in Q3 of 2016, allaying fears temporarily of a Brexit recession. Also to note is the Chinese economy, which grew by an impressive 6.7% in Q3 of 2016. Closer to home, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) was the fastest growing world region for inbound international tourist arrivals, with 12.3% (year-on-year) growth. Also, hotel performance was particularly strong in SSA, with a +0.3% occupancy rate (ratio of used against available space) change from the same period in 2015. South Africa saw strong year-to-date arrivals performance, with a receipts growth of 14%. Click Here to read more

As always, your feedback is highly appreciated.  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. Please note that this is our last Weekly update for the year. Our next update will be published on Monday, 16 January 2017. Please also note that our offices will be closed from Thursday 22 December until Wednesday 04 January 2017.

We wish to take this opportunity to wish you and loved ones a safe and happy festive season, and may you have a prosperous 2017. We look forward to our continued collaboration as we work to unite and influence the diverse travel and tourism sector, to contribute to a competitive, responsible and inclusive economy.

Yours Sincerely

Ms. Mmatšatši Ramawela

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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