BTO under fire over 200% fees hike

Tourism operators are up in arms over BTO's new fees. PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Tourism operators are up in arms over BTO's new fees. PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

MAUN: Tourism players are crying foul about the Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) decision to increase Tourism fairs and exhibition participation fees by over 200 percent.

A statement from BTO released early this year notified the Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB), Botswana Guides Association (BOGA) and other tourism associations about the increment.

As per the new rates the cost of exhibiting for small and medium operators with annual turnover of less than P2 Million will now be P10,000 from P3,000 for the exhibition space. Bigger operators with annual turnover above P2 million will be charged P30,000 from P9,000 for exhibition space representing a 233 percent hike. BTO says with effect from April 1, 2015 all fairs that BTO participates in will be charged with these newly introduced rates.  BTO spokesperson Keitumetse Setlang told The Monitor Business that the prices have been increased in order to make it more sustainable to continue to facilitate for the Industry to participate at travel fairs and road shows.

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