Should Camping Sites Be Star-graded?

10th December 2012

According to Liesl Thompson of the Caravan Club Southern Africa, star ratings are useful to ensure caravan parks keep to basic minimum requirements. She also points out that the downside is that graded parks tend to start charging ridiculous prices if they receive a five-star rating. She says remote caravanning sites also tend to be forgotten, as assessors are often not available in these areas.

Oscar Schmidt of Camp SA says many caravanning sites are complaining about the current grading system. “It’s obviously a very emotional issue and everybody has their opinion on the matter.”

However, according to TGCSA Marketing and Communications Manager, Thekiso Rakolojane, the only complaints the TGCSA have received are from the travelling public about previously graded establishments that still purport to be star graded while in actual fact their star grading has been terminated. “This is something the TGCSA takes quite seriously and we are working with the provincial tourism authorities and law enforcement agencies to manage the illegal use of our stars.”

Rakolojane adds that the TGCSA developed the current grading criteria and minimum requirements in consultation with caravan and camping industry stakeholders. “The industry itself subscribes to international standards of quality thus the need to ensure that their establishments are quality graded using a globally bench-marked quality grading system, the TGCSA star grading.”

The TGCSA is in the process of reviewing its criteria and is inviting the public to participate.

Click on the links below to participate in the online questionnaires:

Formal Accommodation:

Guest Accommodation:

Self-Catering Accommodation:

Backpackers and Hostelling Accommodation:

Caravan and Camping Accommodation:

Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events (MESE):

Sourced from Tourism Update