The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, a unit of South African Tourism, recently announced a decision to revert to the annual Star Grading System.
In October 2012, the council implemented a three-year grading system, which was meant to eliminate various administrative hurdles experienced during annual renewal. Although the TGCSA is keen to retain some key operational processes from the three-year system, the council feels that a yearly renewal is best for the industry.
Establishments wishing to participate in this voluntary grading will now have their property inspected every 12 months and graded accordingly.
“The quality of accommodation is a key determining factor on whether tourists choose to return to our shores or not,” said Thulani Nzima, CEO of South African Tourism.