There are loads of funding and business support options for entrepreneurs to choose from when they enter the Tourism industry. Here are some valuable links and information.
Tourism Enterprise Programme (TEP)
TEP is a joint DEAT/Business Trust initiative. TEP's main objective is to encourage and facilitate the growth and expansion of SMMEs within the tourism economy resulting in job creation and growth in turnover. They identify, facilitate and foster commercially viable business transactions between industry players and SMMEs. TEP is able to assist tourism SMMEs in the following ways:
For more information please contact the following person:
Ms Nomsa Malebe
Tel: 011 804 5750
Fax: 011 802 8442
Tourism Investment Promotion
The tourism sector has been identified by the South African Cabinet as one of the key priority economic sectors in South Africa , due to its potential to create much-needed employment, promote economic growth and achieve equity.
DEAT works closely with the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Provincial Investment Promotion Agencies (PIPAs), provincial tourism departments and local authorities to ensure that tourism priority areas, projects and infrastructure is effectively promoted to both international and domestic investors.
For more information please contact the following people:
Director: Tourism Business Development
Tel: (012) 310 3746
Fax: (012) 320 4740
Director: Tourism Section
Tel: (012) 394 1185
Fax: (012) 394 2185