NEWSLETTER - January 2011

Chairman's New Year's Message

As we start the new year of 2011, I wish to congratulate the TTA Board, heads of portfolios of the Association, members of the Association, for their steadfast dedication to meeting the vision of the TTA, i.e.

'The TTA will promote tourism in the City in partnership with other stakeholders, growing the local economy and creating job opportunities, to the benefit of members and the community at large'.

I'd like to take this time to rally the City together as we embark upon a decade that's sure to be filled with innovation and creativity. As a partner and stakeholder in Tshwane tourism, we hold the responsibility of sustaining the purity and beauty of our City, while also growing the tourism sector to its full potential.

In 2011, topics such as the effects of climate change and sustainable tourism will increase in focus. Tshwane will shine globally in this area. Soon we'll announce the finalisation of the Tshwane Tourism Organization, devise new ideas to support Tshwane-wide sustainable tourism, and examine the delicate balance between competitive economic activity and responsible tourism. Yes, the global landscape has changed; and Tshwane has an opportunity to contribute fresh, forward-thinking ideas while demonstrating leadership in the quest for a green economy.

We know that the coming year will not be without challenge; but let's be thankful for the positive signs we've experienced in our tourism industry. We're pleased to note the investment our local government is making in Tshwane. Tshwane continues to be attractive to foreign investors and to the thousands of business tourists that sample our destinations on a now year-round basis. The Hotel, Convention/Conference and B&B sector continues to be the mainstay of our industry and although this summer season is yet young, we are happy to report that some of our properties recorded very encouraging occupancy levels over the holiday period. We are pleased too, to note the innovative strides being taken by the attractions, restaurants and visitor amenities in many of our destinations. Their excellence and our own efforts at enhancing quality standards, will contribute greatly to the overall tourist experience in Tshwane.

As the global economy strives to make up for the losses of recent years, there has never been a more important time for Tshwanenians to work closely together and with our partners. To be truly competitive we must pool our resources and use our combined strengths to our City's greatest advantage. The Tshwane Tourism Association is committed to working with all of our destination partners to find new ways to enhance our value and aggressively market our City as the continent's foremost all year round destination due to its diversity of business, academic and leisure tourist attractions.

From all of us at the TTA we wish you a blessed, healthy, and prosperous New Year and look forward to supporting and partnering with you in the year ahead.

Premanandha Gangiah

TTA year-end function

The Tshwane Tourism Association held a very successful year-end function on
13 December 2010 at Moyo Fountains Restaurant. It was fantastic to see a number of new faces and make new business contacts and members enjoyed spending the afternoon relaxing in celebration of a successful year.

Kwalata Initiative makeing great strides

In September 2010 Kwalata identified community projects worth assisting.
Grant Thornton, as part of their 2010 Christmas charity drive, partnered in the construction of a 14 x 5 metre roof for the chicken broiler at the Regataregatoga Food Garden. Two education jungle gyms were erected at the Kesentswe and Bangiswani Day Care Centres. Students of Helpmekaar High school have painted the Day Care Centre and a Church in Steve Bikoville in November 2010. The Kwalata initiative supports entrepreneurs, schools and crèches in Mandela Village, a township adjacent to the Kwalata Game Ranch. Visit the website

Geet wins award

Geet Indian Restaurant has been an award winning restaurant in various categories for eight consecutive years. The restaurant has recently been awarded the Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA) "Best Indian Restaurant 2010". The restaurant presents its patrons with authentic Indian food and drink and promises a truly unique and memorable dining experience. Visit the website.

SAACI National Conference 2011

The SAACI Annual National Conference is the best opportunity and platform for all members and industry partners to regroup, share information and work towards professionalising and growing our business. The Conference will be held from Sunday 24 to Tuesday 26 July 2011 at NH The Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West. Remember to diarise the dates for the conference! Visit the SAACI 2011 website.

Tourist information

The latest tourist map of the City of Tshwane is now available on our website. The map highlights places of interest, major shopping centres, attractions, museums and more! Download the map