Green Tourism Incentive Programme to Boost Sustainable Tourism Practices in South Africa

GTIP to Boost Sustainable Tourism

THE GREEN TOURISM INCENTIVE PROGRAMME (GTIP) BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA IS SET TO ENCOURAGE SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES IN THE TOURISM SECTOR. WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND SUCCESS STORIES, BUSINESSES BENEFIT FROM ENERGY AND WATER SOLUTIONS, ENSURING OPERATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY AND REDUCED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT.

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The Department of Tourism announces the opening of the 9th application window for the Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) from January 25 to March 31, 2024.

GTIP: Encouraging Sustainability Amid Challenges

In response to rising electricity costs and environmental challenges, GTIP motivates tourism enterprises to adopt sustainable electricity and water management solutions. The program aims to alleviate pressure on the national energy grid. They also aim to address the negative impacts of load-shedding, water scarcity, and drought conditions affecting the tourism sector.

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Financial Support for Sustainability

With R199 million allocated for the current year, GTIP has already assisted 173 tourism businesses with grants totaling R104 million. The Department collaborates with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to manage funding applications and approvals for the program.

Empowering Businesses for a Greener Future

Minister of Tourism, Patricia de Lille, expresses pride in the program, emphasizing its role in ensuring an uninterrupted visitor experience. Ultimately, it will adapt to the climate change, and reduce carbon emissions. Eligible applicants can receive grants for energy and water audits, with funding ranging from 50% to 90% for approved solutions, capped at R1 million per applicant.

GTIP success stories include businesses like Kgarebana Boutique Guesthouse and Cliffhanger Cottage, which now operate seamlessly with solar systems. These establishments testify to increased operational sustainability and enhanced customer experiences.

GTIP’s Positive Impact on Tourism Businesses

Business owners like Mr. Mpho Marothi and Ms. Ingrid Young praise the program for providing uninterrupted power supply, aiding in heating, and boosting overall operational efficiency. Ms. Maureen Mehlomakulu and Mr. Anthony Maitland share similar sentiments. They stated that GTIP has significantly contributed to the success of their tourism businesses.

GTIP not only eases pressure on national resources but also reduces operational costs. Resultantly, it will enhance competitiveness and sustainability in the tourism sector. The Department’s commitment to advancing climate action aims to fortify the resilience of the tourism industry.

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