ETEYA 2013 finalists announced
ETEYA is not just another competition. It is a programme and platform to unearth and showcase the products and services we have and the emerging tourism entrepreneurs who work tirelessly to deliver excellence, authenticity and diversity to our visitors. – Thulani Nzima, CEO, South African Tourism.
The nine ETEYA finalists were chosen from the 27 semi-finalists (three from each province) announced last month.
The finalists represent a variety of tourism businesses that have proved their contribution to economic empowerment. These businesses offer innovative products and services, and have sound business plans to ensure continued growth and opportunity.
The provincial finalists are:
- Bonang Conference Centre (North West)
- Citi Hopper (Western Cape)
- Dan’s Country Lodge and Events Centre (Eastern Cape)
- Jo's Guest House and Hantamkraal Restaurant (Northern Cape)
- Kuhle Travel and Tours (KwaZulu-Natal)
- Makgabeng Farm Lodge (Limpopo)
- Ntwanano Tours & Travel (Mpumalanga)
- Rethabise Premium Guest Lodge (Free State)
- Ubuhle Be Narha Tours (Gauteng)
Thulani Nzima, CEO of South African Tourism (SAT), said SAT was greatly impressed by the quality of this year’s entrants, with the high standard making the selection process tough.
As a nationwide tourism industry competition, ETEYA honours South Africa’s most promising and innovative emerging tourism business owners. ‘When one considers the valuable contribution tourism makes to communities and the economy, you realise that ETEYA is not just another competition. It is a programme and platform to unearth and showcase the products and services we have and the emerging tourism entrepreneurs who work tirelessly to deliver excellence, authenticity and diversity to our visitors,’ he said.
Congratulating the nine finalists, he added: 'Their businesses embody the vision and mission of ETEYA and assist us with the goal of greater transformation of the tourism industry.'
Ahead of the announcement of the finalists, the Tourism Enterprise Partnership (TEP) – one of the key ETEYA partners – released the findings of two studies which found that small, medium and mid-sized enterprises performed considerably better when they were supported and mentored by TEP. The study showed that TEP-supported firms increased their turnover.
Dr Salifou Siddo, chief executive of TEP, said TEP’s focus was on analysing individual business needs and offering the owners services and interventions to help them achieve their business objectives.
‘These range from marketing support to customised training, funding and mentoring. This is why TEP-supported businesses tend to fare better than non-supported businesses. This is evident in the job creation statistics,’ he said.
As part of the ETEYA programme, the nine finalists are each being assigned a mentor to work with them to implement their business plans.
The overall ETEYA winner, who will be announced at a ceremony in September, will receive a R100 000 cash grant to help grow his or her business. The winner will also receive access to mentoring and invaluable marketing help and business direction from leading industry experts.
Each finalist is also receiving a R10 000 grant to further develop their business plans. These plans will incorporate the elements covered during the months with the mentor and consider the feasibility of implementing the plan in an actual business environment.
After they were announced, the finalists gave their thoughts on what it takes to build a successful tourism business. Watch the video below to hear their responses: