Tourism and Hospitality Training

Tourism and Hospitality training is a broad industry that offers you a variety of exciting career opportunities. It incorporates fields such as catering, hotel management, restaurant management, and tourism management.

Forget about brownie points, bottom lines or BEE ratings – corporate social responsibility for any business should be about giving back and doing good – an unwavering contribution to uplifting people and the planet - that’s the bottom line.

Success comes when there is determination and a positive attitude – even for those who face physical challenges.

With the focus on tertiary education, one of the country’s leading field guide trainers is shining a spotlight on the mismatch between the needs of the industry, the insufficient training some courses provide and a difficulty in retaining skilled workers.

The Department of Tourism is working towards removing the barriers that prevents or hinders women from participating fully in the sector.

Tourism Deputy Minister Tokozile Xasa called on young people to consider taking tourism as a career.

One of the objectives of The Capital Hotel School and Training Academy (CHS) is to address the current skills shortage and job opportunities available in the South African.

30 students have already been admitted to the new Taung Hotel School.

Plans by government to start classes in 2015 at Taung Hotel School are well
underway, North West MEC for Tourism Desbo Mohono said after her visit to the
institution.

Government will spend R100 million to market South Africa?s tourism industry, Tourism
Minister Derek Hanekom announced. "These marketing efforts will include the
continued rollout of the Nothing?s More Fun than a Sho?t Left campaign".

South Africa?s Tourism industry has grown significantly over the past 20 years
but there is certainly room for more growth, according to data since 1994
which has been analysed by Grant Thornton.

Compared to other career options, such as medicine, the law or business, the
tourism and hospitality industry is still a relatively rare choice for school-
leavers, however this is changing as the industry grows.

The number of tourists visiting the country shows that South Africa is a better
place to live in, says Acting Government Communications CEO Phumla
Williams.

A slowdown in job growth in the hospitality and tourism sector will have
heavy
repercussions for young people. Gillian Saunders discusses the implications
of
companies who are doing more with less.

Labour inspections in the Mpuma hospitality sector have reveled that a relatively high
number of employers are complying with the industry’s sectoral determination.The
national inspections are set to continue in other parts of the country.

The increase in international tourists between 2011 and 2012 created 31 000 jobs
proving that the hospitality profession is a viable career option for South Africans.
The National Youth Chefs Training Programme (NYCTP) also aims to help aspiring
students in this industry.

Cabinet says the overwhelming inflow of tourists to South Africa was a result of the success of policies aimed at entrenching South Africa?s status as a major international tourism and business events destination.

President Jacob Zuma along with the Department of Tourism attributed SA's growing tourism figures to the warmth that South Africans show towards tourists. Foreign arrivals to the country are well above the global increase in foreign arrivals.

Meetings Africa which is the biggest business events exhibition on the continent will be opened by the Department of Tourism. The exhibition will be opened at the Sandton Convention Centre and will address regional economic growth and job creation.

President Jacob Zuma opened the Steve Biko Centre in the Eastern Cape which will serve as an intellectual resource and also provide an economic opportunity for the region. It is meant to be a living monument that utilizes memory to channel local energies towards contemporary development challenges.

Visa and South African Tourism has entered into a partnership to promote the country's tourist attractions to an international audience. The agreement is a natural progression in the company's existing role in the global tourism industry.

The Limpopo Tourism Agency aims to use celebrities in attracting more people to visit the province during the festive season by introducing a campaign called My Limpopo Story. The campaign would feature celebrities speaking about their personal experience about Limpopo and it's attractions and offerings.

SA Tourism figures increased for the first half of the year and has risen compared to last year. A downturn has been predicted for the second half of the year but the tourism sector has been happy with the overall growth and strength of tourism numbers.

The hospitality industry is one of the largest and most dynamic industries in South Africa and offers great career opportunities for youngsters. A national tourism careers expo which opened at the East International Convention seeks to help learners familiarise themselves with jobs and business opportunities.

The SA government has urged communities to embrace tourism development as it was central to the country?s economic growth. It was also stated that in the next decade the tourism sector will become the biggest employer in the country. Major developments were being forecast with the public being urged to contribute.

The hospitality industry is not for the faint-hearted. It is fast paced, capital intensive, demanding and essentially revolves around catering to the whims of complete strangers.

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