South African Tourism has announced the 27 provincial finalists for the 2013 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (ETEYA) being held in September. The finalists were selected from hundreds of entries across South Africa and represent the three best emerging tourism entrepreneurs from each of the country's nine provinces.
From the 27 semi-finalists, nine provincial winners will be chosen, each representing the best emerging tourism entrepreneur from their province. These finalists will be announced at the Tourism Enterprise Partnership’s (TEP) SMME workshop on May 10.
SAT conducted a study into job creation as a result of the ETEYA programme, which showed a 70% growth in the number of employees hired by ETEYA finalists between 2001 and 2009. Over the same period TEP invested R450 million into the development of small tourism businesses, which created over 70 000 jobs and generated R5.6 billion of revenue.
The national ETEYA winner will be selected from the pool of nine provincial winners with the first prize of R100 000 to be used for investment into their business. Second prize is R75 000 and third prize is R50 000, which must also be utilised for business investment.
For more information, and to view a list of the finalists, visit www.eteya.co.za