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03 March 2017 - NW272

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Vos, Mr J to ask the Minister of Tourism

Whether his department has conducted tourist information capacity building in four World Heritage Sites as planned; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will it be conducted; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

a) Yes. The tourist information capacity building’ was rolled out as planned in collaboration with the University of Pretoria.

b) The capacity-building programme was conducted as follows:

Groups

Dates

World Heritage Sites

Number of beneficiaries

Where

1

31 August – 04 September 2015

  • Cradle of Humankind,
  • Mapungubwe, iSimangaliso
  • Vredefort Dome.

21 officials.

Pretoria,

Gauteng

2

07–11 September 2015

  • Cape Floral Kingdom.

22 officials.

Robertson,

Western Cape

3

30 November – 02 December 2015

  • Richtersveld,
  • iSimangaliso
  • Robben Island.

10 officials

Cape Town, Western Cape.

The department has completed the information capacity building in all the eight World Heritage Sites in the 2015/16 financial year.

The course content covered the following key aspects: Service Excellence, the tourism landscape in South Africa, communication and presentation skills, standard operating procedures, business ethics, officer-client relationship, visitor services management, tourism products knowledge, profiling of all eight World Heritage Sites, time management, development and management of tourism products databases, tourism stakeholder roles and tourism stakeholder management. The assessments were in the form of a portfolio of evidence, group assignments and group presentations.