NEWSLETTER – 24 August 2018

A warm welcome to our new members

Promotag specialises in name-tags, ID card holders, PVC pouches, lanyards, wristbands, promotional items as well as security and travel accessories. If you are looking for conference and event accessories, you've landed at the right place. Promotag provide excellent quality and outstanding service delivery. In the spirit of Proudly South Africa, we at Promotag will be delighted to assist you in making your event and brand a memorable one! Est. 1987, we have been in the industry for more than 30 years.

Braza Restaurant is a place where flavour is king. Where the senses are enriched with the world's freshest ingredients and top-quality meals.

Whistle Tree Manor is a luxury lodge situated in Queenswood, one of the eastern suburbs of Pretoria. The ideal location for people visiting the capital city of South Africa. It is a very safe and tranquil area close to embassies, the University of Pretoria, main shopping centres, fine restaurants, monuments and a golf driving range.

Blacks Do Sharks!

The TTA recently held an inspiring and celebratory 2017/18 at the CSIR ICC. Not only did members' get an overview of the successes and achievements of the association in 2017/18 but there were also a selection of suppliers to the tourism industry on exhibit and a special guest speaker, Fikile Hlatswayo, author of the best selling travel book Blacks Do Caravan (all in attendance received a copy of the book courtesy of Gauteng Tourism Authority), all the way from KwaZulu-Natal.

Fikile inspired the audience with her infectious energy and her passion for South Africa and it's people. Having set aside her career to take a long extended trip around South Africa with her family, in a caravan, Fikile speaks from the heart and from experience about our beautiful country and wonderful people and reminds us enthusiastically to travel more, even if it is just down the road (We Do Tourism!?!) and to appreciate and get to know each other a little better.

One of the spellbinding stories told by Fikile is how, on a shark diving excursion, her daughter surprised her by jumping from the safety of the diving cage into the water to swim with the sharks - and what is a mother to do but follow her child! Out of the cage and into the water, as promised, here is Fikile's video of how Blacks Do Sharks.

We thank our members Sun Maslow Time Square, Signature Restaurant Brooklyn, Tussen-I-Bome, Mopani Lodge, Mongena Private Game Lodge, Ritsako Game Lodge, The Blades, Zilko Tours & Travel, and Ubuhle Be Narha Tours for hosting travel author Fikile for a memorable weekend in Tshwane!

TTA Attractions & Tour Operator Chapter Meeting feedback

The TTA collaborated their first ever chapter meeting which consisted of The TTA Attraction and Tour Operator Chapter. The meeting was held at the lovely National Zoological Gardens of South Africa where members enjoyed an informative session with presentations from the SAT Shot' Left Campaign by Melanie Leloup and Air BnB Experince by Orianne Gambino.

Both speakers unpacked ways on how tourism businesses can be part of the Sho't Left Campaign and the Airbnb Experience by practically demonstrating how tourism businesses can optimise and take advantage of these free marketing platforms and opportunities in order to attract visitors and tourists in the city and the rest of the country.

Tourism products who wish to be part of the Sho't Left Travel Week campaign can register online.

For more information and to register on AirBnb Experiences click on the links below:
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More Lilizela Tourism Awards finalists nominated from the City

Congratulations to the following TTA members, who have been nominated as finalists for the Lilizela Provincial Tourism Awards:
Castello Di Monte
3@Marion Guest House

View the list of finalists

Tourism signage reminder

For members who still need to apply for tourism street signage (brown signs) please download the guidelines for the application process.

Please note that the contact person for tourism signage related matters and applications is Thubeni Ntakakaze, Engineering Consultant - City of Tshwane, Tel: 012 358 4835, E-mail:

Enjoy an evening of fashion and flavour to show your support

Jason Kieck Designs presents Whispers of the Orient Charity Couture & Entertainment Gala Dinner proudly sponsored by Spar and hosted by Sun Time Square. The event is in aid of the Igazi Foundation. Igazi is the only dedicated blood cancer services NGO in southern Africa. Igazi is committed to the ongoing development of Haematology, placing it firmly on African health agendas, for blood cancer patients and their families.

View more information about the event.

Vacancy at the South African Post Office Museum

The South African Post Office Museum has a vacancy for a collection specialist (C4) based in Silverton – SCM Yard Philatelic Services. The collection specialist will report to the Curator Post Office Museum, and will be responsible for the development and coordination of the collection database and related museum documentation, digitisation and record-keeping in order to make the collection accessible to stakeholders. The closing date for application is 4 September 2018.

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Recommended reading

In the Accommodation Management space: LittleHotelier Resource Hub
In the Attractions Management space: Attractions Africa
General Tourism news: Tourism Update
TUT Tourism lecturer review: SA tourism on the decline

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

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WTM Africa, 10–12 April 2019
Africa's Travel Indaba, 7–9 May 2019

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