Minister of Tourism appoints the new TGCSA Awards Committee

South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Mr Marthinus van Schalkwyk, has announced the appointment of the new Awards Committee of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA).

The Awards Committee of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) is responsible for overseeing the implementation and management of theTGCSA's grading system. The grading system is South Africa’s only officially recognised system for the star grading of accommodation establishments.

The new TGCSA Awards Committee, whose 3-year term ends on 31 May 2015, is chaired by Graham Wood, MD of gaming at hotel and entertainment group Tsogo Sun. Wood, a chartered accountant, has 15 years experience in the hospitality industry. He is joined on the new committee by 11 highly experienced individuals, who bring with them an enormous wealth of knowledge of the tourism sector in South Africa.

Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk thanked the previous awards committee, under the leadership of Peter Bacon, for their commitment to quality assurance in South Africa.  

'Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we now have a credible, globally benchmarked system of quality assurance for accommodation in South Africa, which can be relied upon by visitors when making their choice of establishment,' said the tourism minister.

Van Schalkwyk added that in order to continue to see the tourism sector succeed and flourish in the future, it was vital to ensure South Africa's tourism industry was on par with the best in the world.