About the STPP
Key points to take note of:
- The programme is closely aligned to the recommendations from the United Nations Environmental Programme, which shifts the focus of sustainable tourism development to SMMEs, which includes Smaller Accommodation Establishments.
- The South African Smaller Accommodation Market, which is believed to be between 25,000 and 30,00 strong, acts as a catalyst for local economic development, job creation and social upliftment.
- The tourism industry is identified as a key industry in the context of job creation and economic development, in amongst others, the Accelerated and Shared Growth-South Africa (Asgi-SA) of 2006 and National Strategy for Sustainable Development and Action Plan (NSSD-1) of 2011.
- The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STPP) assists the smaller business in tourism to implement the National Tourism Sector Strategy and SANS 1162:2011.
- Sustainability in the industry can only be achieved by forming collaborative partnerships with industries within the tourism value chain.
- By working with the Sustainable Tourism Partnerhship Programme, partners benefit from gaining a greater understanding of the SAE market and its unique needs, while enhancing their own Corporate Social Investment and Enterprise Development Profiles.
- By working with public and private stakeholders, the programme ascertains the requirements for a tourism business to operate in a compliant and efficient manner.
- By assisting stakeholders and the communities to attain a better understanding of their dependence on each other and on the environment, stronger collaboration amongst the tourism stakeholders at local, regional and government level is created.
- Tourism businesses are the catalysts for cross functional policy formulation, skills development and job creation.
- Through the programme, businesses stimulate greater investment in their areas through enhanced tourist experiences.
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