Published on : Thursday, August 20, 2020
The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) recently launched a tourism and hospitality industry application, titled ‘Opus4business’ to aid the safe reopening of the industry by training business owners on the safe implementation of the COVID-19 tourism safety protocols. The app will allow recording the compliance with industry protocols by training tourism industry business owners and staff on a travel safe and eat safe certification programme, in a fast, easy, and paperless manner.
Upon completion, the system will provide evidence that health screening and cleaning procedures are in place and helps businesses seamlessly manage COVID-19 health screening for employees, suppliers, delivery agents and patrons in compliance with the protection of personal information act. It will also receive industry updates and deploy contact tracing if needed.
Travellers have been invited to download the app to keep track of safe environments as the industry expects an increase in travel since the reopening of intra-provincial travel for leisure. The TBCSA believes that the technology puts safety in the hands of every stakeholder within the tourism value chain, which is an important part of the successful rebuilding of the sector.
Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, Chief Executive, TBCSA said in a statement that the application is yet another way the industry is demonstrating self-regulation and a readiness to open for domestic and international travel in the country. He mentioned that authorities are encouraging businesses to download the app and to take their teams through the training to increase compliant in the industry and to keep staff and customers in the sector safe.