NEWSLETTER – 17 September 2018

A warm welcome to our new members

The South African State Theatre – Transparency, accountability, freedom of expression, honesty, integrity and excellence.

3t Business Fusion – Through their tourism and hospitality experience and professional networks and partnerships, they have practical operational and strategic knowledge which they deploy in the implementation of qualitative solutions to the specific business needs of all their clients.

Graceland Conference and Lifestyle Centre – The Centre is a beautiful four-star facility ideally located between Pretoria and Hartebeespoort dam with tranquil surroundings. The facility offers 39 standard rooms, 1deluxe suite, five family units and the immaculate Halcyon Villa.

The Supremacy Group – Their passion is to help you focus on your passion. They specialise in accounting, tax, payroll, HR, marketing and health and safety services for SMMEs. They have strong ethical core values, and you can rely on them to keep your business compliant and in taking your business to new heights.

PB Liquor Merchants – PB Liquor Merchants are distributors of fine wines in South Africa. PB Liquor Merchants thrive on the success of establishing brands through a focused approach to sales, distribution and marketing of the fine alcoholic products we represent. Putting the needs of their customers first, they ensure to meet expectations through their high service levels. Through dedication, creativity and innovation, they strive to be a leader in the sales, distribution and marketing of specialised alcoholic products-from fine wine to craft beers and spirits.

Save the date, 20 September 2018: Gauteng Lilizela Tourism Awards finals

The Gauteng Lilizela Tourism Awards are just around the corner and we would like to congratulate some of our TTA members who have also been nominated as finalists for the Gauteng Lilizela Tourism Awards:
Ulysses Tours & Safaris – this is their fourth year running.
Ritsako Game Lodge – nominated for the first time.
Faircity Grosvenor Gardens – nominated for the first time.

View the entire list of finalists.

Call for applications for Vakantiebeurs 2019

The National Department of Tourism through the International Market Access Support Programme (IMASP) invites eligible tourism enterprises to apply and participate at the Vakantiebeurs, Netherlands.

Vakantiebeurs serves as a valuable networking platform for tourism trade buyers and sellers which allows the creation and consolidation of new business and trade opportunities. The expo is taking place from 9 – 13 January 2019, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Please download the Guidelines, Call for Applications and the Application Form.

Completed applications should be sent to before or by end of business day on the 21st of September 2018.

Applications sent after the closing date will not be considered.

Tourism Grading session feedback

The City of Tshwane and the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) recently held a Tourism Grading Information Briefing Session at the CSIR International Convention Centre about raising awareness on the importance of star grading (quality assurance) in the sector and outlined the City's partnership with TGCSA.

This initiative will be running for the second time in the City, it's a three-year project aimed at assisting approximately 150 products get graded. The session was well attended by TTA members and non-members and served as a great platform for attendees to engage and network with representatives from the TGCSA and the City of Tshwane.

For more information on this initiative contact Esther Matebedi – Senior Specialist: Tourism on, or call 012 358 1694 / 082 555 8601.

South African Tourism Ministry to build expansive industry monitoring system

South Africa's Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom published new proposals zoning in on a 'national tourism information and monitoring system' on September 7, open for public comment. The purpose of the new system is to regulate the collection, recording, analysis, management and dissemination of information and data on tourism to monitor developments and trends. The regulations appear to apply to a wide range of tourism-related businesses, groups and individuals across South Africa. All categories, content and form of data and information to be captured on the system include: all tourism-related information, such as the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) classifications and categories; accommodation; Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE); attractions and activities; tour operators and tourist guide services; tourism information services; hiring and leasing; passenger transport and related services; travel agencies and other reservation services; cultural services; sports and recreational services; and tourism-related infrastructure.

The content and form of data and information to be captured include, but is not limited to: the legal name of business; trading name; Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) registration number; years of operation; physical and postal address; type of business or company; business structure; franchise information; ownership type; classification and category of business; classification of business; Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) information; tourism grading and levy information; universal accessibility; member association; number and type of rooms; number of beds; type of amenities providers; number of conference rooms and total seating capacity; total parking capacity; dietary restrictions, liquor license and smoking facilities; type of travel services, number of vehicles and carrying capacity; type of cultural and recreational services offered; amenities such as wellness spa, swimming pool and others; and contact information.

Data and information may be provided in hard copies or electronically, at least once a year. Furthermore, all data and information must be provided within 30 days where there are changes to the information or upon request.

If the Department reasonably believes that the information provided during the verification process is incorrect or misleading, the Department, in writing and within a reasonable period, must afford the individual who submitted the data an opportunity to correct the information.

Offences and penalties apply if information deliberately submitted is incorrect or misleading, resulting in either a fine or imprisonment not exceeding 12 months, in some cases both. Interested and affected persons are invited to submit a written representation on the proposed Regulations within one month from the date of publication of the notice.

View the regulations in respect of the national tourism information and monitoring system.

Source: Tourism Update

Dinokeng Tourism Showcase feedback

The Dinokeng Tourism Organization (DTO) held its second Product Showcase on 7-8 September 2018 at the Roodeplaat Nature Reserve. The event was aimed at local tourism industry products partnering in the ongoing bid to transform the region.

The TTA office was invited to be part of the business to business networking by exhibiting and participating in the speed marketing and networking. The TTA participated in the first day representing members.

Recommended reading

In the Accommodation Management space: LittleHotelier Resource Hub
In the Attractions Management space: Attractions Africa
General Tourism news: Tourism Update

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

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Meetings Africa, 25–27 February 2019
WTM Africa, 10–12 April 2019
Africa's Travel Indaba, 7–9 May 2019

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