Public comment awaited on draft tourism bill

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TOURISM – The National Department of Tourism has released the Tourism Draft Bill for public comment.

The Bill provides for the continued existence of the South African Tourism Board and the establishment and publication of the National Tourism Sector Strategy.

The bill further provides for the establishment of a national information and monitoring system for gathering and disseminating information for the management and development of the industry, including the monitoring and evaluation of the industry for decision making. It also allows the establishment and maintenance of a comprehensive database of information on tourism businesses for purposes of planning and development.

Other provisions in the bill are the gazetting of norms and standards and establishing a code of conduct for different sectors within the industry; the development and implementation of a national quality assurance and grading system; and the continued existence of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) as a juristic person to implement the grading system.

The Bill is open for public comments for a period of sixty (60) days and can be found on NDT’s website, www.tourism.gov.za.

Inputs and comments can be forwarded to Mmaditonki Setwaba, Private Bag X424, Pretoria, 0001 or hand delivered to Tourism House, 17 Trevenna Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria. Or fax comments to (012) 444 7101 or e-mail them to msetwaba@tourism.gov.za on or before October 5, 2011. – LiN News/Zoutpansberger

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