Tourism enterprise

Partnership promotes B&B's

An exciting partnership between the Tourism Enterprise Partnership (TEP) and HRG Rennies Travel will see an increased number of SMME accommodation establishments being given access to business and leisure tourism markets via the Red Stamp Programme.

The Red Stamp Programme was launched by HRG Rennies Travel in 2013, in recognition of the market shift, whereby consumers began to favour more Bed & Breakfast (B&B) or Guesthouse establishments, over traditional hotels.

The programme is also underpinned by the company’s commitment to making a positive social and economic contribution to South Africa. There are currently more than 700 accommodation establishments who have joined the programme, which is open to Guesthouses and B&Bs throughout South Africa.

An exciting partnership between TEP and HRG Rennies Travel will see an increased number of SMME accommodation establishments being given access to business and leisure tourism markets

Membership offers properties a range of benefits, including exposure to the extensive HRG Rennies Travel client base and the companies marketing programmes; assistance with Health and Safety regulations compliance; preferred procurement rates; reduced merchant fees; streamlined accounting and administration procedures; payment within 15 days and access to a dedicated Red Stamp Club team support that are trained to understand the B&B processes.

HRG Rennies Travel says it has recognised TEP as a key industry partner to showcase this development opportunity to the SMME accommodation industry sector. TEP is a Non-Profit Company that facilitates the growth, development and sustainability of small tourism businesses and has successfully developed entrepreneurs for over a decade.

TEP’s Chief Executive Salifou Siddo says: “TEP is honoured to be recognised by HRG Rennies as a key industry player to provide business and skills development support and share expertise with the SMME establishments that will form part of the Red Stamp Programme. From a market access point of view, this programme will assist in facilitating the smooth integration of SMME accommodation establishments into the broader tourism economy.”

TEP, in return, will discount its administration fees for those who opt to be part of the programme and will provide access to various business support interventions based on the outcome of individual business development needs assessments. These interventions may include access to TEP’s Business Development Fund, Skills Development interventions, Mentorship and Learning Networks. In addition to the Red Stamp Club team, TEP provincial offices will provide additional support, ensuring that there is always, at least, one point of contact.

SMME accommodation establishments that would like to be part of the programme can contact any of TEP’s provincial offices or visit www.tep.co.za