The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STPP) recently announced that between R2-million and R10-million is needed per annum to successfully continue the strive to inform, educate and support Small Accommodation Establishments and Small Tourism Businesses throughout South Africa.
This announcement was made at the non-profit organisation’s Patrons and Partners launch the Monarch Hotel Rosebank on Tuesday, 30 April. The cocktail function saw various VIPs and Celebrities committing their support to the programme after a presentation was delivered by STPP’s founders, Niki Glen and Caroline Ungersbock.
“We need this money to pay for the venues, catering, educational material, travel and accommodation, but most of all for data management,” explains Niki.” The patrons and partners all contribute to our efforts to awareness and raise funds from corporates who see business opportunities to develop and sustain responsible tourism in our country.”
“ I would like to also point out that our patrons are all individuals or businesses that are well respected in business and in tourism, and they have come on board because they believe that our philosophy and approach to Sustainability in Tourism is a win-win for all stakeholders,” continues Niki.
The following people are confirmed patrons:
- Wayne Duvenage – (Ex-CEO Avis and SAVRALA, Commercial & Communications Director at Skywise Airline (Pty) Ltd
- Dr Azar Jaminne – (Econometrix Chief Economist)
- Janet Landey – President of the International Festival and Events Association Africa
- Brett Duncan – Ex Fedhasa CEO and Tourism Specialist
- Caleb Mabaso – Chairman of FEDHASA Inland
- Erald Felix – Ex 50/50 presenter and Real TV Africa
- Glenn Phillips – CEO SANPARKS
- Alive2Green – Media company and publisher
- Amor Malan –Universal Access Specialist / Quadpara Association of Gauteng
- Mandy Latimore –Universal Access Specialist / Universal Solutions
- Prof Kevin Mearns – Professor at Unisa and Sustainable Tourism Expert
- Rosemary van Staden – President in Gate and member Tswane Tourism Board
- Endangered Wildlife Trust
- The National Accommodation Association of South Africa
- Institute of Rural and Community Development / Garden of Life
- EDABA Tourism
The STPP is a non-profit company established to implement sustainable tourism practices for smaller accommodation establishments (SAEs) in South Africa. With about 30 000 SAEs, in our country, each featuring an average of six rooms and an employment ratio of one staff member per room, SAE’s are enormous potential employment creators . All the SAE’s need is some guidance on various levels – the task that the STPP set upon its team.
The STPP team have been on a nationwide road show to discuss issues and challenges with establishments and businesses. At the same time the team has done surveys and all the gathered research will be presented to the Government, tourism authorities and associations.
So far, the 2013 road show visited establishments and businesses in Potchefstroom, Knysna, Beaufort West, Colesberg, Graaff Reinet, Middelburg, Lydenburg and Sabie. All the towns that have been visited asked the team to return with more assistance and information. The issues that came from these meetings include:
- establishments closing down due to bad roads, continuous water supply constraints, and electricity interruptions – meaning tourists do not return to that destination;
- high rates and taxes;
Areas which establishments have identified as focus areas include: greening and staff training, waste management, service excellence, food gardening as well as tourism grading.
The STPP road show team also plans to visit establishments and businesses in Dundee, Nottingham Road, Newcastle, Sasolburg and Bloemfontein. Ideally the team would like to visit five towns per province to do the necessary research and to assist establishments and businesses.
The STPP’s initiative is critical for the tourism industry’s survival, but now desperately needs more funding to continue this extremely worthy cause. So far, the road shows have been self-funded, except for the financial support from Nedbank and Eskom, who was once again thanked for their commitment to making tourism more sustainable in South Africa.