Great news for South Africa and the world! A first of its kind, The National Tourism Visitor Information System launched its official brand at Africa’s Travel Indaba on Thursday – and aims to go live by December.
‘Jurni South Africa’ is the culmination of three years’ work in a partnership between Amadeus Southern Africa, and South Africa’s tourism fraternity. The initiative was announced at last year’s Indaba, as a public-private collaboration, said Sandile Ntseoane, Chairperson of the NTVIS Advisory Committee. “Its goal is to further the goals of transformation in SA – skills development, career operations, and a centralised data hub from which the entire tourism sector would benefit.”
CEO of the National Tourism Visitor Information System, Dr Nomvuselelo Songelwa, said the system was about building a centralised travel and tourism data hub that would provide credible and reliable information that could be distilled to regional and local level. “Bring diverse and disparate resources of the entire industry together [will deliver an] unbiased, comprehensive, consolidated data hub for the benefit for the entire industry.”
“In a nutshell: we need this kind of technology, this kind of innovation, to make our decisions really well – evidence-based decisions based on a variety of data that is well collected, well curated and analysed properly,” added Hanekom.