The 16th Annual General Meeting took place at The Michelangelo, Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton on the 26th July 2012. The afternoon session was comprised of TBCSA members, TOMSA levy collectors and industry stakeholders.
AGM proceeding started with a report by outgoing Board Chairman, Mr Tommy Edmond, in his absence the report was read by Chief Executive, Mmatšatši Ramawela. This was followed by the CEO’s report, reviewing the performance of the organisation in the 2011 financial period and also highlighting various industry developments to date.
AGM Decisions and key highlights from member`s deliberations are as follows:
· The meeting noted TBCSA’s active participation within Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), as a one of the ways the organisation is constantly finding means to profile the role of travel and tourism in the broader economy.
· The meeting noted that TOMSA reached the 2011 collection target despite the ongoing economic recession
· TBCSA’s successful hosting of the 6th Hotel Investment Conference Africa (HICA) alongside Indaba was lauded
· The meeting also lauded the first anniversary of the TBCSA FNB Tourism Business Index
Following the an announcement prior to Tourism Indaba in May, members formally acknowledged the appointment of Mr Mavuso Msimang as the new TBCSA Board Chairman.
the following were raised as affecting the industry, also noting a number of opportunities to be explored:
· Rising input costs - fuel and other operations costs
· Legislation – transport-related legislation concerning
· Reduced demand in leisure and business travel
· Airlift and Air Access - need to revision of SA aviation policy &
· delayed implementation of Yamoussoukro Declaration
· Tourist access issues – VISA and delayed SADC Univisa
· Access to capital – money is tight
· Destination marketing – marketing vs. sales
· Hosting DIRCO workshops to educate SA representatives in foreign missions
· AU Commission Chair occupied by SADC/South Africa
· New Minister and Deputy in Department of Transport to address our challenges
· New President & Chairman linked to sector at BUSA
· Government’s infrastructure plans
· Growing Niche Markets in following areas:-
Ø Sports Tourism opportunities - African Nations Cup in January 2013
Ø Educational Tourism – SKA in Northern Cape
Ø Heritage and Cultural Tourism – story telling, the arts, etc.
Ø Marine Tourism and Leisure – cruise tourism, coastal/shoreline utilization
The meeting concluded with the Board Chairman thanking all the members for their attendance and input during the meeting.
TOMSA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2012:
The CEO of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), Mmatšatši Ramawela, provided a brief presentation about the administration of TOMSA in the previous financial year. She also highlighted some of the challenges to date and future plans for TOMSA.
Key highlights from the CEO’s presentation were the inclusion of Travel and Tourism in Government’s New Growth Path Plan and also the launch of the National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) She also highlighted that in the year under review, TOMSA continued to strengthen relationships with both the National Department of Tourism and South African Tourism. SA Tourism and TOMSA continue to have bi-lateral meetings on a quarterly basis.
While 2011 was one of the most difficult years for many in the industry TOMSA collections remained steady. This was mainly attributed to improved administrative procedures and efforts. Total collections for 2011 amounted to R96 183 million excl VAT vs. R 97 829 million in 2010. Total collections paid to SA Tourism by end
of 2011 amounted to R91 618 816 million.
Challenges affecting TOMSA
The challenges affecting TOMSA were discussed - The most pertinent of these being collector resignations due to dissatisfaction with SA Tourism’s marketing activities.
Secondly, a significant number of tourism products that are eligible for levy collection and are possibly collecting the levy are not paying the funds over to TOMSA. In some cases Local Tourism Associations have introduced their own version of the tourism levy collecting levy, adding pressure to TOMSA. It is important to be mindful of the fact that with no support for TOMSA, we will be inviting calls for the levy to be mandatory, which could mean less funds being ploughed back into the industry.
Lastly, misguided perceptions around TOMSA remain a major concern.
TOMSA Takes Action
TOMSA management has instituted a number of initiatives to address some of the challenges mentioned above:
Firstly, TBCSA is engaging Local Tourism Associations to determine how to can establish mutually beneficial partnerships. “We believe that LTAs have an important role to play in ensuring that all tourism operators in the respective regions, big and small, support TOMSA instead of establishing their own as some are already doing”.
Secondly, through, TOMSA and the TBCSA have joined forces with SA Tourism to launch a pilot project, aimed at boosting tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom. The project entails the appointment of an ‘in market’ Sales Conversion Consultant, who will work side by side with SA Tourism’s UK office to strengthen the promotion and sale of South Africa as a tourist destination.
Lastly, TOMSA will also endeavour to urge greater awareness and support for its efforts through a targeted awareness campaign and will continue to meet with SA Tourism on a quarterly basis to address the challenges and concern facing the industry and our levy collectors.
TOMSA Board Elections
Being an election year, directors to the TOMSA Board were elected as follows:
In accordance with the TBCSA Constitution, the Board is elected for a two year period and that both the Chairman and Deputy Chairman will be elected at its next seating later in October.
The day ended Thulani Nzima, SA Tourism CEO, presented the South African Tourism 2013 -2014 Business Plan followed by the inspirational strategist who’s mind works like the mind of a fox, Clem Sunter.
The 15th Annual General Meeting of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa took place at the Southern Sun Hotel, OR Tambo International Airport, on the 4th August 2011.The day started with a closed session for the TOMSA Annual General Meeting, followed by another closed session for the TBCSA.
It is pleasing to not the significant increase in the numbers of member who were in attendance. Being an election year, a key highlight of this session was the election of the new TBCSA Board.
Proceedings started with a report by the current chairman of the Board, Tommy Edmond, followed by a report on the performance of the organisation by the TBCSA Chief Executive, Mmatsatsi Marobe. Marobe also reported on various challenges facing the industry and outlined some of the organisation`s plans for the 2011 financial year.
Following the member deliberations, the session proceeded to the election of a new Board. A total of 22 industry leaders, including representation from the various trade associations and corporate business, were elected to the Board.
|Mr. Peter de Bruin||Head of Tourism||First National Bank|
|Mr. Graham Wood||Managing Director||Southern Sun Inns, Hotels & Resorts|
|Mr. Clifford Ross||Chief Executive Officer||City Lodge Hotels|
|Mr. Tommy Edmond||Chief Executive Officer||Tourvest|
|Mr. Theunis Potgieter||GM: Commercial Operations||South African Airways|
|Mr. Ross Kata||Regional Director: Africa||Expedia|
|Mr. Glenn Phillps||Managing Executive: Tourism & Marketing||SANparks|
|Ms. Marilyn Lewis||Chief Executive Officer||Thebe Tourism|
|Dr. Salifou Siddo||Chief Executive Officer||Tourism Enterprise Partnership|
|Ms. Jennifer Seif||Executive Director||FTTSA|
|Mr. Bart Bender||Chief Executive Officer||Proserv International|
|Ms. Robyn Christie||Chief Executive Officer||ASATA|
|Mr. Michael Tatalias||Chief Executive Officer||SATSA|
|Mr. Brett Dungan||Chief Executive Officer||FEDHASA|
|Mr. Chris Zweigenthal||Chief Executive Officer||AASA|
|Ms. Adene Pringle||General Manager||SAACI|
|Mr. Paul Pauwen||General Manager||SAVRALA|
|Mr. Charl Fouche||National Chairman: Tourism Committee||AHI|
|Mr. Churchill Mrasi||National President||SALTHA|
|Ms. Caroline Ungersbock||Acting President||NAA-SA|
|Mr. Gavin Eyre||Managing Director||SAYTC|
|Mr. Jaco Venter||General Manager||NOW|
In accordance with the TBCSA Constitution, the Board is elected for a two year period and that both the Chairman and Deputy Chairman will be elected at its next seating later in Octobe