The Tourism industry can help our economy to recover. One way to succeed is to develop technology that will benefit our country’s tourism and hospitality companies better.
There is no existing software structure that can be used to help South Africa increase tourism above other countries. Companies such as booking.com or Traflgar will never change their software structure to benefit one country above the rest of the world. They provide support to tourism globally.
It is possible though for the Homecare team to implement and manage software that will benefit the South African tourism industry.
We completed our research about the financial opportunities and it is in our opinion possible to secure a large financial contribution by simply providing booking services that South Africans and foreigners can use when they need accommodation for business and holiday trips.
Income according to STATS SA
(You can download the full report on this link: STATS SA Statistical release P6410 )
We need to point out that the stats we gathered is just an indication of what the possibilities might be. We believe that that actual amounts received by the industry could be higher. We know that numerous smaller accommodation facilities do not supply the Tourism board with accurate figures.
There are numerous households who offer rooms via AirBed&Breakfast (AirB&B) to foreigners and South Africans. These figures will most likely not be reported. Our service will be used by these guest house owners, thus the potential income for Homecare projects should be more.
We also think that some of the companies that supplied sales might have provided the figures they received after the booking fees has been deducted. The booking fees that accommodation booking agencies claim is between 15% and 22%. We use 15% in our calculations.
The Homecare team develops the Enjoy Life phone app and www.rsastay.com booking systems. This is the most advanced integrated systems between phone apps, and booking sites. The software structure furthermore involves all the companies who can provide services to foreigners visiting our country.
We will eventually offer support to the SADC countries via one tourism booking platform. The Southern African Development Community is an inter-governmental organization headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana. Its goal is to further socio-economic cooperation and integration as well as political and security cooperation among 16 southern African states. https://www.sadc.int/about-sadc
The 16 countries who will join forces to increase tourism will then be:Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
All the countries involved have a huge challenge regarding unemployment, high Social Welfare Responsibilities. All these countries can benefit when they use the technology we develop, specifically the technology to help the poor get access to groceries at a lower cost.
The www.rsastay.co, platform will be changed to www.sadcstay.com as soon as we start with the process to support other countries within the SADC structure.
Safety of tourists
The safety of our tourists has become one of the largest focus points in our development plan. There is actually a section where we explain it in more detail on the pages we publish for the Accommodation Companies.
For this project to work, we involve almost 1 000 Ambassadors in the property industry positioned across the country. Although security is a function on the Enjoy Life phone app, it cannot be the only reasons why we ask foreigners to install the app. We must provide services out of the restaurant and fast food industries so that people will install the app for other reasons as well.
The challenge is that a tourist can only be approached once and asked to install an app. If we push safety to much, it might have an negative impact on tourism. If we convey a message that we manage a tourism app with a lot of tourism features, the app will then be more likely installed.
Tourists also often travel across large areas and you cannot ask the tourist to constantly install an app that will link him/her up with smaller security companies in certain geographical areas.
There are numerous Neighbourhood watch communities and they actually need a centralized software structure to support them when tourists who entered the country or stayed at other parts of the country will have access to their support once the tourist enters the specific geographical area.
The following incident is just one example why the Homecare team decided that safety support should receive high priority:
Ukrainian hiker: Hout Bay residents gather, leave flowers at spot where he was killed
Hout Bay residents gathered at the spot where a Ukrainian tourist was stabbed to death to pay their last respects on Sunday.
Around 50 people stood in a circle at the East Fort, surrounded by security officials, in remembrance of the 44-year-old man who was mugged for a backpack while walking on the trail on Saturday morning and left for dead.
Weekend Argus identified him as Ivan Ivanov, who had been staying in a local guesthouse and had been warned against hiking along that path alone, even though it was generally regarded as a safe route.
Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said three men had taken the man's backpack, which contained his personal effects, and fled.
Neighbourhood watch members caught one man, 25, allegedly in possession of the stolen items.
He is expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Andrè van Schalkwyk, chairperson of the Table Mountain Safety Action Group, told News24 on Saturday the attack took place a mere 10m up the trail, not far from the car park.
The vicinity is quite overgrown, he said, but is not currently flagged as a hotspot.
The incident is not the first robbery at East Fort but there hasn't been one for a "long time".
On Sunday, people left bunches of flowers on the side of the trail.
Provincial Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz condemned the murder.
He called for greater integration between the South African Police Service, law enforcement, SA National Parks and the SA National Defence Force on intelligence gathering and sharing to prevent crime displacement.
"I wish his family my deepest condolences during this difficult time and call on the police to urgently apprehend each criminal involved in the attack," said Fritz.
"We cannot allow crime to threaten the well-being of people, tourism and the economy. I want to make it clear that Cape Town remains open for business and tourism."
The Homecare team decided based on this article, that we can include unique features in the Enjoy Life app that can prevent such tragedies. Examples of the platform will be to inform a tourist when he/she enters a "Hot Spot" and push a message to the person's phone where we will suggest that the person invite more people to join him on the trail. Larger groups have a smaller risk to me mugged.
Our entire support plan regarding safety of tourists is explained under Accommodation Companies link. The password: rsastay