MEMBER SNIPPETS: In member news, it is with great excitement that we congratulate our member association, ASATA for being the first organization in the industry to attain recognition as a professional body. We also wish to congratulate CEO of Bon Hotels, Guy Stehlik who was recently presented with the University of Johannesburg’s School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) 2017 Golden Circle Alumnus Award.
GUY STEHLIK PRESENTED WITH STH 2017 GOLDEN CIRCLE AWARD
The STH 2017 Golden Circle Alumnus award was presented to Guy Stehlik. He received the award at the STH Alumni & Industry Fundraiser last night.
A worthy recipient, who in his acceptance speech provided some useful and inspiring insights into our sector. Congrats Guy! Thanks for “walking the talk’ last night and for giving back generously! We are proud to be associated with you. Thank you to all for your nominations and votes and for the overall support of this important process, where we recognise the achievements of our peers and alumni who excel in the industry. We look forward to having active engagements with our Golden Circle Alumni as we enter a new era with the STH being 1 of the six schools in the newly established College of Business & Economics at UJ.
TRAVEL AGENTS IN SA GET PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
Great news for the industry as travel agents in South Africa will soon be able to apply for the official designation of Travel Practitioner (TPrac) following the accreditation of ASATA by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
SAQA has recognised ASATA as a professional body and registered the professional designation Travel Practitioner on the National Qualifications Framework. By registering with the ASATA Professional Programme (APP), travel agents across South Africa will be able to update their professional profiles, including their qualification/s, knowledge, skills, experience and continuous professional development and submit for review by their line manager and ASATA to apply for the designation.
“Years of preparation have led to ASATA becoming the first recognised professional body in the travel and tourism industry in South Africa. In addition to enhancing the professionalism of the travel industry, this designation will contribute to skills development and professional service delivery in the country’s travel and tourism sectors,” says Otto de Vries, CEO ASATA.
Professionalism is one of the core values of ASATA, adds de Vries. “Members of ASATA have signed a charter committing to professional service, ethical conduct and trustworthy behaviour so that the travelling public can travel with peace of mind. Bringing this designation to market shows how serious ASATA takes the professionalism of the travel industry.” All South African travel agents, not only members of ASATA, can apply for the designation of Travel Practitioner. For more details on the ASATA Professional Programme, email firstname.lastname@example.org.