Businesses urged to apply to tourism relief fund

Businesses urged to apply to tourism relief fund

The Department of Tourism has encouraged eligible businesses to apply for the COVID-19 Tourism Relief Fund.

The R200 million Tourism Relief Fund has been established as an intervention to mitigate against the impact of COVID-19 in the tourism sector.

“We acknowledge the difficulties experienced by businesses during this time, hence the need to support the industry and communities to cope with the negative effects of this pandemic.

“Our tourism industry is comprised of mainly Small Micro and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMMEs), most of which are survivalists in nature, with limited access to funding from commercial institutions. We hope the support offered through the Tourism Relief Fund will assure the continued survival of SMMEs beyond the COVID–19 pandemic,” Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said in a statement on Tuesday.

The fund provides a once-off capped grant assistance to SMMEs to ensure sustainability during and post the implementation of government measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa.

Applications for the fund are being accepted as of Tuesday until 30 May 2020.

Capped at R50 000 per entity, the grant funding can be utilised to subsidise expenses towards fixed costs, operational costs, supplies and other pressure cost items.

Preference will be given to enterprises with the highest score in terms of the criteria, which serve as a pre-qualification. A panel of experts will conduct the final evaluation in terms of functionality.

The Tourism Relief Fund is administered in line with the objectives of Economic Transformation, and South Africa’s vision of ensuring sustainable and inclusive tourism development.

The process will be guided by the Tourism Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Codes of Good Practices approved by the Minister of Trade and Industries in 2015 (in line with the B-BBEE Amendment Act No. 46 of 2013).

The disbursement of funds will ensure equitable spatial distribution in terms of provinces.

Businesses can visit for comprehensive information on the fund terms and qualifying criteria.

SMMEs can submit funding applications by completing a form accessible online at

Inquiries on the fund can be emailed to or or at the call centre on 0860 TOURISM (868 747) weekdays from 8am – 10pm.

Categories eligible to apply for the Tourism Relief Fund include the following:

  • Accommodation establishments: Hotels; Resort properties; Bed and Breakfast (B&B’s); Guest-houses; Lodges and Backpackers.
  • Hospitality and related services: Restaurants (not attached to hotels); Conference venues (not attached to hotels), Professional catering; and Attractions
  • Travel and related services: Tour operators; Travel agents; Tourist guiding; Car rental companies; and Coach Operators.


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  1. melani de beer says:

    Hope you could please assist.

    I would like to buy a small curio shop and small restaurant within the Dinokeng tourism area. Pretoria. It would be a great advantage for the people living in the rural area, passing by through the reserve and our tourism industry that has been affected so badly. This is a great opportunity for tourists and conservation. Serving all the categories of tourists, rural area and conservation.

    It is an established small business which I have all the documents for. They want to sell this business. There is a big rural area before and after this game reserve with people passing through towards Pietersburg

    A woman owner of this company wishes to get R3.8m for this company. I think that it has good potential and already a good turnover. I would like to take over this business. I have already spoke to a senior broker at momentum to then give a policy to the same amount towards the company financing my business as security. It also gives the people from the rural community a change to be employed as some of them already are. There are also 2 schools within this facility which will benefit towards this business, especially because it is children from the rural areas. Maybe I could put a food project out of the business in place for these children

    Could you please assist. You are welcome to check my credit record as well

    M de Beer

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