The TBCSA does not only SPEAK on behalf of the private sector, but also plays an active role in galvanising tourism businesses into action. Through Public-Private Partnerships and collaboration with its members, the TBCSA has been at the forefront of initiatives that are geared towards addressing some of the sectors` challenges.
The TBCSA administers the collection and promoting of the Tourism Levy South Africa (TOMSA). TOMSA is a private sector initiative aimed at raising additional funding for the promotion of destination South Africa both locally and internationally.
TSI is a national crime prevention and victim support programme for the Tourism industry in South Africa. Tsi works closely with Business Against Crime South Africa (BACSA) and other tourism industry partners such as the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA), and the Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) to help eliminate crime in our industry and country as a whole. By using combined resources tsi can effectively assist the South African Police to measure the impact of crime on the Tourism industry.
Previously known as the Hospitality Investment Conference Africa, HICA has manifested itself to become the Hotel Investment Conference Africa - a premium, must-attend event in the Continent`s tourism calendar. The main objective of this annual conference is to create a platform for prospective funders, developers and industry leaders to explore investment opportunities within Africa`s hospitality sector.
Despite its significant contribution to the South African economy, the Travel and Tourism sector is still not well-recognised as a key economic force. The TBCSA-FNB Tourism Business Index is an economic indicator for the Tourism sector. This ground-breaking performance monitoring tool will go a long way in enhancing the understanding and knowledge of the sector`s contribution to GDP and economic growth. Futhermore, TBI will raise the level of awareness about Travel & Tourism among government and the public at large.
Skills development is a critical issue in South Africa and is one of the key strategic areas where the tourism private sector aims to make a meaningful contribution for the benefit of the country as a whole. Following the initiative of hosting the annual National Tourism Careers Exhibition, the private sector has decided to take the project a step further by hosting provincial Tourism Career Guidance Workshops. The workshops are targeted mainly at students already in tertiary institutions and aims to change the perception that tourism cannot be taken seriously as a career option. Invitations are also extended to high school career guidance and life orientation teachers.
This year the South African Travel and Tourism Industry Conference(SATTIC) is joining with Gauteng Tourism to bring you THE SUMMIT. This event is an information sharing platform that focuses on tackling key issues affecting all major sectors of the Travel and Tourism industry. This event offers members of the industry associations to share ideas on possible solutions to the challenges and have discussions on how to make the most of the opportunities available.
Watch out for more on the SATTIC conference soon!