About the STPP

Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme

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.

Drakenberg in South Africa