04 May 2011
MPUMALANGA BOASTS YET ANOTHER FINALIST FOR ETEYA
This year’s ETEYA finalist Mrs Duduzile Nkambule, of Senzi Guest House, a four star graded establishment in the heart of Emalahleni, will be representing Mpumalanga at the annual Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (ETEYA), which will be held at the Tourism Indaba in Durban from 8 – 12 May 2011, where the overall national winner will be announced..
“We are excited to be a finalist representing the province and especially about the vote of confidence in our establishment. We have worked hard and managed to be graded a four star facility” says Duduzile Nkambule.
Senzi Guest House offers affordable accommodation at reasonable rates and has 21 luxurious en-suite bedrooms, 2 of which are executive suites and a conference facility that caters for 25 people. Moreover, it is surrounded by the main shopping malls and attractions such as Emalahleni Dam for fishing and boat riding.
Mpumalanga Tourism & Parks Agency (MTPA) will be accompanied by Senzi Guest House to this year’s Indaba. The winner will take home R100 000, while the 3 runners-up receive R75 000, R50 000 and R25 000, respectively.
In addition, Nkambule received R10 000 in cash and participated in a year-long mentorship programme run by the Tourism Enterprise Programme (TEP). She also attended the annual international tourism trade show, ITB (Internationale Tourisme Borse) in Berlin from 9 – 13 March 2011.
“We are proud to have Senzi Guest as one of the ambassadors for Mpumalanga. We wish them well in their business and we are proud of their accomplishment thus far, says Charles Ndabeni, CEO of MTPA.
Mpumalanga Province boasts some of the best product offerings, be it natural attractions or accommodation facilities that have won international accolades. It is definitely in our province where one can truly immerse in serenity and bliss, added Ndabeni.
ETEYA was launched to recognise small, micro and medium enterprises within the tourism industry and is a national program driven by South African Tourism in collaboration with provincial Tourism Authorities. The awards recognise SMME’s in tourism and hospitality related businesses and has become an integral part of the local tourism and hospitality calendar.
The ETEYA aims to encourage product innovation amongst SMME's and expedite the transformation of the tourism industry. It also aims to recognise products that add to the diversity of South African tourism experience, offering unique options to mass-market products. The programme has come to show uncompromising efforts and standards in elevating the tourism industry. All areas of the hospitality industry are considered for entry from accommodation establishments to cultural villages, games reserves, restaurants and tour operators.
“It has always been our aim to promote small and medium enterprises and offer them a platform to promote and market their products. Over the years there were few black owned tourism products in the province. And now we have seen a steady growth in the province and awards such as ETEYA enable us to recognise emerging products that have excelled in this industry, concluded Ndabeni.
Issued by Mpumalanga Tourism & Parks Agency
Mrs Kholofelo Nkambule Ms Linda Hlatshwayo
Senior Manager: Corporate Relations Public Relations Officer
Tel. +27 13 759 5300/08