Cape Town - Officiating businesses according to SA's Tourism Grading Council is now easier for hospitality establishments, as the cost of grading accommodation facilities have been reduced up to 90%.
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This is according to the Department of Tourism, announcing the integration of the Tourism Grading Support Programme under the broader Tourism Incentive Programme of the Department of Tourism to form part of the systems and processes of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA).
The improvement and transfer of the programme, which went live on 10 February 2017, will not only make the cost of grading cheaper, but also streamline the grading processes as it provides a single point for enterprises to access all the benefits of being star-graded.
According to Victor Tharage, Director-General of the Department of Tourism, the move also hopes to see more establishments registered on the TGCSA.
“The Department is confident that the simplified process, together with greater benefits offered, will encourage significantly greater numbers of enterprises to get graded and conform to recognised quality standards, which in turn contributes to the overall destination competitiveness of South Africa," he says.
Initially launched in 2015, the objective of the Tourism Grading Support Programme was to encourage more accommodation establishments and venues to get graded and stay graded under the star grading system of the TGCSA. It used to provide rebates of between 30% and 60% on assessment fees retroactively.
Now, this programme has been integrated into the improved online application process of the TGCSA, with an increased benefit of upfront discounts of up to 90% on assessment fees.
The Department also recently rolled out new-look grading plaque, in an attempt to combat theft and grading confusion.
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The TGCSA said that as of January 2017, its plaques - reflecting the grading level of establishments - will be the new, high-quality perspex upgrades. This is what the new plaques look like:
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