Gift Tsotetsi is an upcoming entrepreneur who is making big strides in the Travel and Tourism industry. The most recent of her accomplishments is the Provincial Emerging Tourism Year Award (Eteya) that her company, GreenSA Travel Centre won last Thursday evening. The award placed them in the run for the national title when the 2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards are made later this year.
Tsotetsi, who believes in education and creating opportunities for others, plans to open a training centre where graduates interested in joining the Travel industry can undergo Amadeus training. Amadeus is a computer reservations system or global distribution system used in the industry.
As a new graduate she never had the opportunity to train in Amadeus. “It was difficult to get the Amadeus training because there were not many travel agencies where one could gain experiential training, which was one of the requirements to be recognised as a fully-fledged travel agent. I struggled a lot in that regard hence I want to help graduates finding themselves in a similar position,” Tsotetsi explained.
She added that the initiative will strengthen the relationship between them and the community. “I love working with people and it is important to include them in our initiatives. We believe that community participation in Tourism can ensure community benefits, empower locals and promote community development,” added Tsotetsi.
She holds a National Diploma in Tourism Management from Vaal University of Technology and started her GreenSA Travel Centre in October 2012 after she saw the need for a professional travel agency in the province. “We want to be a solution in the Travel industry and we have realised that there aren’t enough agencies in the province, hence we started the company. Our values are promised on the provision of quality service, and respect for our clients. It has always been a dream of mine to have a travel agency of my own. When I was growing up I saw myself travelling the world and meeting different people and I am glad I am living the dream,” the 35-year old mother of two divulged.
“With the help of friends we started the company from scratch. We started in a small office in 2012, we moved to a bigger one in 2013 and that shows growth. We have overcome a lot of challenges in the industry but are glad to be where we are now,” Tsotetsi, who now employs six persons full-time, said.
The Rustenburg born travel enthusiast is adamant that she can win the national title. “It is our first Eteya Award and to be the national finalist is already a winning achievement for us, but it will be nice to win the national award and add to the list of winners from the province.”