Kruger Lowveld Tourism Newsletter – 2 October 2018

Author: | Published by KLCBT on at 07:38:31 | Last Updated On: 3 October 2018
  • Tourism Month Roadshows;
  • KLCBT announces its 2018 Annual Awards Finalists;
  • SADC Tourism Priorities Survey;
  • MTPA’s Emergency Tourism Response Process…

Tourism Month Roadshows

Over a period of five days and six different venues within the Region, the Kruger Lowveld team presented the state of tourism in South Africa and more specifically in the Kruger Lowveld region to members and tourism stakeholders. KLCBT President and Kruger Lowveld Tourism Chair, Oupa Pilane, opened the roadshows with a reality check, emphasising the need for the tourism industry to transform and become more inclusive.  He made it clear that the communities neighbouring most of our iconic tourism attractions struggle with extreme poverty and high unemployment rates.  If tourism is to grow in the region, opportunities need to be created for these communities. Lisa Sheard, KLT’s Exective Director of Tourism, followed on with a presentation on the state of tourism and the challenges and opportunities we are faced with in growing the industry in the region.  Click here for Lisa’s full presentation. Linda Grimbeek, KLCBT’s COO, closed off by emphasising the need to align LTO structures to Local Municipalities, but at the same time, creating and maintaining Community Tourism Organisations to ensure organisations are representative of the entire community.  This will enable municipalities to provide support and funding in a more structured way. Kruger Lowveld wishes to thank all those who attended our various roadshows as well as all the venues who kindly provided their facilities for the event.

KLCBT announces its 2018 Annual Awards Finalists

The KLCBT Annual Awards is a showcase of Excellence, rewarding outstanding business achievements, sound business practices and recognizing businesses and individuals who truly make a difference within the Kruger Lowveld Community. The competition is extremely tough and every business announced as a finalist can certainly be proud of their business achievement. With only 10 awards given this year, this event is highly prestigious and the only one of its kind in the region. Only 9 of the awards are contested, which businesses entered for, and after and extensive adjudication process, the finalists and winners are selected. The process includes telephonic surveys with clients and suppliers of the business, followed by an evaluation of their financial growth and corporate social investment. There is no public voting, this the awards are not given based on perception or brand popularity, but purely on business excellence on all levels of operation. On behalf of all of us at the KLCBT, I wish all the Award finalists the very best of luck and we thank you for inspiring all of us to do everything we do just that little bit better. For a full list of finalists click here

SADC Tourism Priorities Survey

Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Secretariat is currently developing its tourism programme of work for the next period. The programme will serve as the guiding plan of action for SADC tourism interventions over the next 5 years and beyond and will aim to address issues of regional importance for optimising tourism growth in the region.

Since you are an important stakeholder in SADC’s tourism sector, the Secretariat is keen to obtain your views and suggestions regarding opportunities and challenges facing the industry. Kindly complete the following short survey, which consists mainly of multiple choice questions, no later than 10 October 2018. Click here for survey Responses are anonymous and confidentiality is guaranteed.

MTPA’s Emergency Tourism Response Process

Mpumalanga Tourism & Parks Agency has a tourism emergency response process which can be activated at very short notice. Contact Lindiwe Mthombeni on 0712573222 in the case of such an emergency.