04 Oct THE GREEN TOURISM INCENTIVE PROGRAMME
Revised programme now accepting new applications from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022
1 October 2021 – The Department of Tourism launched the Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) in 2017 to assist small and micro privately-owned tourism enterprises to adopt responsible tourism practices through implementing solutions for the sustainable management and usage of electricity and water resources.
The GTIP, which is managed by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on behalf of the Department has been reviewed in 2021. The new application window that opens on 1 October 2021 for a period of six months will be the sixth application window since inception of the programme and promises to offer additional benefits to the tourism sector with the recent revisions to the GTIP. The revision to the Programme has made the GTIP more efficient in the processing of applications and also more responsive to the needs of the sector especially in this time of a global pandemic.
The Department believes that the revised GTIP has become more relevant to assist in the sector’s recovery and contributing towards the broader Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan of Government. This programme is a key element in government’s efforts towards achieving its developmental objectives to rebuild the tourism sector.
The following notable improvements to processes and benefits have been implemented for the 6th GTIP application window with due consideration to the challenging operating environment in the sector:
- the programme will now cover the full cost of the energy and water efficiency audits– previously applicants were required to contribute towards the audit costs;
- the grant funding range has increased from the initial 30% to 90% to now offering grant funding on a sliding scale between 50% and 90% of the total cost of the approved energy and water efficiency solution up to a capped amount of R1 million; and
- qualifying enterprises may now implement projects in phases in order to better manage their cash flow over a two-year project implementation period.
Since its inception, the programme has assisted 167 tourism enterprises with energy and water efficiency audits and approved grant funding for 85 establishments across all provinces to enable them to significantly cut their spend on energy and water related costs. Among other objectives, the GTIP aims to elevate the local tourism industry so it can conform to international best practice. It is not only about lowering costs but also helping the local industry to adopt sustainable energy and water solutions. The IDC is proud of the partnership with the Department of Tourism and encourages deserving businesses with exposure to the sector to approach the IDC for funding consideration.
Applications for funding under the GTIP will only be accepted during the set six-month application window from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 with the assessments commencing on 1 April 2022.