LIMPOPO PROVINCE; POLOKWANE: In our quest to make tourism grading easy for our provincial tourism products, Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) is thrilled to announce that it has a working partnership with the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA). Given this partnership, TGCSA has deployed Ms. Rethabile Lebethe, Provincial Quality Assurance Specialist to operate from LTA premises with immediate effect to take care of all tourism grading aspects that tourism products might have.
“During various interactions we had with the industry and stakeholders, tourism grading featured prominently as a talking point. For that reason, we engaged TGSA on the matter and agreed that that the entity would send a representative to operate from our premises to attend to grading needs in the Province”, said Ms. Nomasonto Ndlovu, LTA CEO.
She went on further to say, “Our offices are a port of entry for tourists and the industry and with Ms. Lebethe based in our offices, applications and renewals will be swiftly attended and we are confident this will contribute to the increase of our tourism grading statistics. It should also be noted that one of the Lilizela Awards entry requirement is that participating tourism products should be graded or have a valid grading certificate. We have no doubt that this move gives us an increased number of participants in these highly contested provincial and national awards”.
TGCSA was established in the year 2000. Operating as a business unit of South African Tourism, the TGCSA is still the only recognized and globally credible quality assurance body for tourism products in South Africa, which is greatly relied on, to this day. All this means is that when it comes to globally recognizable grading, they are really the one and only.
They maintain this title by committing to their motto, which is “To establish a recognizable and credible globally benchmarked system of quality assurance for accommodation and MESE (Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events) experiences, which can be fully relied upon by visitors when choosing an establishment.”