Tag: TBCSA

  • Where are tourism’s Titans, and why is the tail wagging the dog?

    I am fortunate to have known some of the titans of South Africa’s tourism industry — Sol Kerzer of Southern Sun & Sun International, Hans Enderle of City Lodge, David Jack of the V&A Waterfont (who I worked with for 25 years) and many others.  I miss people like them in today’s tourism industry.  <!–…

  • There ARE solutions to safeguard tourism & hospitality jobs! Government doesn’t care.

    Isn’t it time for the tourism industry to start playing hardball with government?  Maybe it’s time for the Tourism Business Council of SA (TBCSA) to start a campaign for employers in the industry to start educating their employees about why they are losing their jobs.  Jobs are being lost and more will be lost, because…

  • When will tourism in SA open again?

    “It will not be business as usual in the tourism sector in the post-COVID-19 era,” he said, appealing to the TBCSA to tailor-make tour packages for SADC, Africa, and Brics countries.  “This will be one of the strategies boosting regional tourism and supporting the recovery and sustainability of the tourism sector in the foreseeable future.” —…

  • Update on Immigration Regulations – don’t hold your breath

    Is progress being made with the visa regulations issue? If you relied solely on the Tourism Business Council of SA‘s (TBCSA) update to it’s members, you would think so. Until you get to the sentence, “A Board resolution has been taken that media will be engaged on this matter on a need-to-know basis – we wish…

  • Call to Action… will Gauteng deliver?

    I attended a remarkable tourism conference in Johannesburg on Monday and Tuesday.  It was “The Summit” organised by Gauteng Tourism and the Tourism Business Council, with support from SA Tourism. I live by the adage “You can’t manage what you can’t measure” and this conference measured everything — there was audience participation at every level:…

  • 2010 and a Can of Worms

    Good and bad has come out of the whole rooms4u saga and the conundrum of the “official South African accommodation and bookings portal.” The good was renewing an old aquaintance with Sindiswa Nhlumayo,  the deputy directory-general of tourism.  She brought a bit of clarity to the whole issue. The ‘bads’ were several.  Firstly, the Department…