Johannesburg, 19 February 2019 – The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) team kicked off their countrywide provincial roadshows in Cape Town today. The aim of the roadshows is to outline the new grading criteria to all establishment owners and at the same time introduce the new accolades program to all stakeholders.
2019 represents a historic and momentous year for the TGCSA with the soon to be implemented revised grading standards for accommodation establishments taking effect on 01 April 2019.
The roadshows will be convened as follows;
- 19 Feb – Western Cape – Holiday Inn Cape Town
- 20 Feb – Eastern Cape – Blue Lagoon East London
- 21 Feb – KwaZulu Natal – Coastlands Hotel Umhlanga
- 26 Feb – Gauteng – Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg
- 27 Feb – Mpumalanga – Pine Lake Inn Nelspruit
- 28 Feb – Limpopo – Garden Court Polokwane
- 14 Mar – Northern Cape – Protea Hotel Kimberly
- 15 Mar – Free State – BON Hotel Bloemfontein
- 19 Mar – North West – Protea Hotel Mahikeng
To attend any of the above TGCSA Provincial Criteria Workshops, click here and reserve your spot.
Commenting on the criteria workshops, Darryl Erasmus, Chief Quality Assurance Officer at SA Tourism, said: “Our aim is to ensure that all visitors that stay at our graded establishments have only the best memories and experience which will entice them to always choose to stay graded establishments when going on holiday or business travel.”
“Apart from the new grading criteria, we are also excited by the accolades program which allows for properties to capitalize on niche market differentiation. Accolades include insignia and criteria for niche markets such as child-friendly, pet-friendly, wedding venues, spa and wellness facilities, 4×4 etc.”
In order to ensure that the new grading criteria are executed smoothly, close to 60 Independent Grading Assessors from around the country attended intensive training last month. The training focussed on the new grading criteria, application of the grading criteria and grading system upgrades.
“Our Independent Grading Assessors are the most important cog in this wheel as we head into new territory later this year. We want to ensure that our assessors are ready to assist our graded establishments in ensuring that they deliver to the highest standards,” added Erasmus.