NEWSLETTER - 24 October 2011

Gautrain looking to increase weekend visitors to Tshwane

Gautrain has opened up discussions with TTA on the possibility of providing bus services to attractions around Tshwane over weekends!

In an effort to increase the number of commuters travelling from South to North on the Gautrain over weekends, and tailor all Gautrain bus routes to the cities needs, Gautrain has opened up discussions with the TTA to gather information on tourist attractions in the city which can possibly be serviced by Gautrain buses over weekends.

The Gautrain buses must serve residents as well as leisure and business tourists to the city and the TTA is assisting the Gautrain marketing office with mapping information on tourist attractions, embassies and government departments in the city to assist with Gautrain bus route planning and motivation.

Should the concept of Gautrain bus routes servicing tourist attractions in the city over weekends become a reality this would provide Tshwane product owners and tourism bodies with a tremendous opportunity to market individual products and the city - to not only the international and national market but to the very lucrative Gauteng market for day visits, overnight stays and weekend trips.

Attraction owners who have not yet submitted their attraction details for inclusion in this initiative are urged to submit information on their attraction, together with a location map and a business case for inclusion in Gautrain bus routes, to

Fruition of inner city urban renewal plans could benefit tourism in Tshwane

TTA members from the inner city and TTA Board Chair and marketing members recently met with consultants that have been appointed to undertake a status review of tourism activity in the Tshwane CBD. The assignment forms a part of a larger project which will entail the formulation of a master plan for the Pretoria inner city on behalf of the Department of Public Works and the Tshwane municipality.

The association was asked for input on current tourism trends in the inner city and the municipal area at large and thoughts on ways in which the inner city/CBD can be improved to better support the city's tourism economy.

In terms of a Cabinet decision taken in October 1997, and reaffirmed in February 2001, headquarters of national government departments are to remain in the inner city of Tshwane in order to prevent inner city deterioration and promote inner city urban renewal.

A multi-billion rand plan to rejuvenate the inner city of Tshwane was unveiled in 2005 and was then anticipated to take another 10 to 14 years to complete. The South African Government programme is led by the Department of Public Works (DPW), the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) together with the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (CTMM). The main purpose is to ensure a long term accommodation solution of an acceptable standard for national government department head offices and agencies within the inner city of Tshwane.

The programme has numerous benefits. One of the benefits will be to afford civil servants a more pleasant working environment, not only in terms of the buildings in which they are located but the public open spaces and infrastructure in the vicinity. The revitalization of Tshwane in the form of improved infrastructure and urban management is core to the programme which will enhance the city's image and reputation as a leading African capital city. Continued government investment in the inner city will stimulate private sector investment and create opportunities for growth.

While the focus is on the CBD, the development of a stronger inner city will ultimately strengthen tourism in the wider region and we are happy to see that tourism is identified as a priority sector in the overall planning.

A safe pedestrian route: Linking selected tourist attractions in the Pretoria CBD

Two students from the Saxion University of Applied Sciences of Enschede in the Netherlands are visiting SA to conduct a research project as part of their studies. They have chosen to identify a project in Pretoria that would include the application of the principles of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED).

The proposed project involves the development of a potential pedestrian route linking a number of tourist attractions in museum precinct in the Pretoria CBD. The tourist attractions to be included in this study are Burgerspark, Melrose House, City Hall, the Museum of Natural History, the Science & Technology Museum and the National Cultural History Museum. The purpose would be to prepare a set of recommendations aimed at providing a safe and attractive pedestrian route for tourists and visitors.

The project would involve the following:

  • the identification of the most suitable pedestrian route linking the tourist attractions included in the study,
  • the collection of relevant data related to the case study area, including spatial characteristics, the physical condition of the buildings and infrastructure, the crime situation, tourist behaviour in Tshwane, etc.
  • an assessment of the potential problems related to the physical environment of the proposed route that could affect the safety of tourists making use of the proposed route
  • an analysis of information gathered through a desk-top study, interviews with relevant role players, observation etcetera to assist in the identification of opportunities for improvement and/or upgrading of the physical environment.
  • the development of a set of CPTED-based recommendations to guide measures that could potentially be implemented to improve the walking experience of pedestrians visiting the tourist attractions.

In order to conduct this study, the students would need to speak to a range of role players, including representatives of the SAPS, Metro Police, organisations / departments involved with tourism in Tshwane, officials responsible for urban design, parks and the sidewalks, as well as those responsible for aspects related to maintenance. They would also need access to relevant information, including some crime data.

If you are interested in participating in or contributing to this study please contact the TTA secretary, Vanessa, on

Bid to host Bed Bull event in Tshwane

Wild things! Six spectacular locations, four continents, 150,000 fans and the best riders in the world - could Tshwane be next?

The TTA recently facilitated a meeting between Red Bull SA, various tourism roleplayers, provincial representatives, city officials and representatives from government departments in support of the Red Bull SA bid to host the Red Bull X-Fighters World Series in Tshwane in 2012 or 2013.

The X-Fighters World Series is the world's premiere Free-Style Motocross series and has become the biggest Red Bull owned event globally. Over its decade-long lifespan Red Bull X-Fighters has brought the excitement of fmx to hundreds of thousands of fans in front of some of the world's most iconic landmarks. The event has been held at locations such as the Sphinx in Egypt, at Sydney Harbour and in Red Square in Russia - Red Bull SA envisages holding the event on the grounds of the Union Buildings in our city - linking Tshwane as a backdrop to these other famous destinations around the world.

Red Bull SA has submitted the bid to bring the event to South Africa to their international head office and has thus far made it to the final round of the bidding process.

Süd-Afrika Magazine joint advertising opportunity

Bookings for the Tshwane advertisement in the German leisure tourism magazine close soon - if you have not reserved your space please contact Vanessa ( to do so soon!

City Tourism Month Activities

September was Tourism Month and, to echo the promise line for Tshwane Tourism - "Experience It!" - the tourism officials within tourism promotion section of the City Council took part in experience tours using all modes of transport to experience tourism offerings in the city.

At the Gautrain: Wouter Koekemoer, Ingrid Rams, Mercy Mtshweni, Charlé Hodgkiss, and Karabo Nawa.

In a boat: Mercy Mtshweni and Irma da Costa at Dinokeng Big 5 Nature Reserve.

In a hot air balloon: Rose Mogasoa and Irma da Costa.

On foot: Charlé Hodgkiss and Irma da Costa at Freedom Park.

Member News

Well done to Gita and team - Geet Indian Restaurant has recently been awarded a Diners Card Platinum Award 2012 and an American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award!

Upcoming industry conferences and exhibitions

The following conferences and exhibitions may be of interest:
Environmental Management in Tourism Conference, Sandton Sun Conference Centre, 9 - 10 November 2011

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