WTTC Safe Travels stamp, within South Africa. The specially designed stamp will allow travellers to recognise governments and businesses around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols for safe travel. 

The Opus4business App is a quick, easy, and paperless way to record compliance with industry protocols by training tourism industry business owners and staff on a Travel Safe – Eat Safe Certification Programme that once complete provides 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, receive industry updates and deploy contact tracing if needed. 

Travellers are 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 app is yet another way the industry is demonstrating self-regulation and a readiness to open for domestic and international travel in the country. We are encouraging businesses to download the app and take their teams through the training to increase compliant in the industry and to keep staff and customers in the sector safe .” says Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO of TBCSA. 

The Travel and Tourism industry like many others, has been gravely affected by COVID-19. Many businesses have already been exposed to the safety protocols and as the industry begins to slowly reopen, the TBCSA believes that this 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. 

Business owners and customers can download the app on http://tourism.opusbusiness.com/ and also features an online PPE marketplace featuring small and large suppliers nationally. 

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ABOUT TBCSA 

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) is the umbrella organisation representing the unified voice of business in the hospitality, travel, and tourism sector. 

The TBCSA was established in February 1996 by leading tourism businesses and associations to form a unified platform to engage with the South African government around the development of the sector. 

It is a not-for-profit, member-centric organisation mandated with the task of: 

  • Lobbying the public sector and behalf of its members 
  • Facilitating key industry programmes aimed at driving growth and development in the sector 
  • Monitoring and influencing macro-economic developments which impact on the sector 
  • The organisation serves to unite and influence the diverse travel and tourism sector to contribute to a competitive, responsible, and inclusive tourism economy. The work of the organisation and its strategy is guided by the following priority areas:
    • Providing organised business in the sector a route to Government 
    • Focussing on legislative issues and policies impacting on the travel and tourism sector 
    • Managing and growing TOMSA 
    • Member engagement and Communication 
    • Influencing the marketing of destination South Africa 
    • Research – commissioning, collating and communicating