Published on : Wednesday, September 5, 2018
The Tourism Department added the support for water efficiency measures in the hospitality industry to the third window application period of the Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP), starting September 1 to 30 November 2018.
In partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) as the technical support, the Tourism Department launched the Green Tourism Incentive Programme in 2017 to encourage small and micro tourism enterprises to move towards cleaner and more energy-efficient operations.
While the uptake in the programme during the first two application windows was positive, the Department recognised the need to expand the programme’s focus to include water efficiency to mitigate the impact of persistent drought conditions in some parts of the country on the tourism sector.
The programme funding limits to qualifying small and micro tourism enterprises remain mostly unchanged but were adjusted to include water efficiency as follows:
90% of the cost for a new resource-efficiency (energy and water) audit or the full cost for reviewing an existing resource-efficiency audit; and
grant funding to qualifying small and micro enterprises on a sliding scale from 30% to 90% (capped at R1 million) towards the installation of recommended water and energy efficiency measures.