NEWSLETTER - 3 February 2012

Market your way to success

The next TTA members meeting is on Tuesday 21 February 2012 - Save the date in your diary as an exciting programme on marketing activities and tools to support tourism growth in the city and your products and services will be presented. Details will be sent out soon.

Tshwane Tourism Awards: Finalists

It is that time of the year again to acknowledge and praise those who have excelled in the tourism industry.

The objectives of the Tshwane Tourism Awards are to promote Tshwane as a city of excellence and a preferred tourist destination. In granting these awards the City of Tshwane also wants to acknowledge and reward service excellence in the tourism industry in its area, and in so doing raise awareness of the importance of service excellence to gain a competitive advantage. The ultimate goal is to assist local tourism businesses to keep raising their standards.

The awards gala, where the winners will be announced, is taking place at the CSIR International Convention Centre on 20 February 2011.

The categories and their finalists are:

  • Nature Conservation Reserve Category: Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Groenkloof nature reserve
  • Heritage Site Category: Freedom Park, Voortrekker Monument and Nature Reserve
  • Tourist Guide Category: Khutso Modishane, Linda Leung, Marianne Louw
  • Tour Operator Category: Buja Tours, Ebuhleni Tours, Arcadia Tours & Transfers, Sol-Ant Travel & Tours, Ulysses Tours & Safaris
  • Guest House Category: Casa Toscana Guest House, Menlyn Guest House, Opikopi Guest House, Sherewood Guest House
  • Conferences Small venue Category: Alpine Attitude Conference Centre, Didimala Conference Centre, Oxbow Conference Centre, Sherewood Conference Centre
  • Conferences Large Venue Category: Casa Toscana Conference Centre, CSIR International Convention Centre, Hotel 224 Conference Venue, Leriba Lodge Conference Centre, Royal Elephant Conference Centre, Shonalanga Valley Resort Conference
  • Accommodation: Hotel Sub-Category: Alpine Attitude Boutique Hotel, Centurion Lake Hotel, Garden Court Hatfield Hotel, High Performance Centre, Leriba Hotel & Spa
  • Accommodation: B&B Sub-Category: All Seasons Bed & Breakfast, Re Etile Bed & Breakfast, Bed & Breakfast at Ted's Place, Velvet Gardens B&B
  • Accommodation: Lodges Sub-Category: Bentley's Country Lodge, Didimala Game Lodge, Kwalata Game Ranch, Mbokoto Guest Lodge & Spa
  • ood & Beverage Category: Hemingways' Restaurant in Leriba Lodge, Kream Restaurant, Nuvo Cuisine, Zagora Grill Room in Royal Elephant Hotel
  • Arts & Craft Category: Modern Sub-Category: Ditsibi Leather Works, Moonson Manufacturing & Projects, Siza Arts, Kea - Nthabi Designs, Tshepo Moatlhodi Designs
  • Arts & Craft Category: Traditional Sub-Category: Afrodessey Leather Works, Dipeung Trading Cooperative, Kgomo go Thuswa e Ithusang, Kurhula Womens Arts & Craft

Campaign to make SA more affordable for Italian travellers

SA Tourism Italy is kicking off the new year with a promotional initiative in partnership with Italian tour operator, Eden Viaggi, and its SA-based inbound operator, Focus Tours. In a special offer campaign entitled 'Escidall'ordiario' or 'Leave ordinary behind', Italian tourists are invited to discover SA through four 10-day or seven-night fly-and-drive packages, at a special rate of €1 350.

All accommodation and activity providers interested in taking part are invited to contact SA Tourism Italy. "Proposals will be immediately taken into consideration to check whether they can be included in our offers," says SATItaly.

The four itineraries will focus upon 'charming' areas of SA, each offering an optional choice between at least two accommodation suppliers for each stay. The holiday package is valid for one year and can be sold and purchased for the whole of 2012, with the exception of a few high season weeks.

The rate includes: economy roundtrip flight from Rome, Milan or Venice to the selected destination (Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban); airfare taxes and fees; seven nights' accommodation in a double room; seven breakfasts; dinners as mentioned in the programme; activities as per the programme; eight-day Europcar car rental; and local 24-hour telephone assistance in Italian.

"Due to a misleading perception, South Africa is often seen as an expensive and remote destination," says Lance Littlefield, Country Manager at SAT Italy. "The offer tailored by Eden Viaggi actually aims at modifying such a perception and proposes a holiday everybody can afford and enjoy: not only the most consolidated targets, such as honeymoons, but also - and especially - families, sports fans, enogastronomic amateurs and independent travellers."

The promotional campaign was launched all over the country on December 25, involving TV, radio, online and press media and is to continue with outdoor too. A website, has also been created where users can find all relevant information on the packages, the special rates and details on the different destinations.

Unfortunately Tshwane was not differentiated from Johannesburg on the itineraries however the Association has sent queries to the relevant tourism authorities in this regard and we are positive that this error will be corrected.

South Africa is the world's leading sports tourism destination

At the recent World Travel Awards in Dohar, South Africa was singled out as the world's leading sports tourism destination.

This accolade certainly gives impetus to our strategy of growing South Africa's sports tourism offering for the global market. - Roshene Singh, chief marketing officer, South African Tourism " South Africa was named 'The World's Leading Sports Tourism Destination' at a glamorous ceremony in Dohar, Qatar, last week. The World Travel Awards are a highlight on the international tourism industry's calendar and this particular award pays tribute to all the hard work and commitment that has gone into making South Africa a world-class sports and events destination.

'Globally, sports tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry and with South Africa's proven capability of hosting major events, as well as our significant infrastructure footprint, it makes sense that we start pursuing sports tourism as a viable route towards achieving our tourism goals,' says Roshene Singh, South African Tourism's chief marketing officer.

'The FIFA World Cup was a major boost for South Africa's international reputation, but it is important to note that hosting ongoing sustainable events across all sporting codes in South Africa is equally important for us to drive future tourism and economic growth,' she adds.

South Africa is certainly a nation of sports-lovers, and with our fantastic climate, top-class sports facilities and superb tourism infrastructure it only makes sense for the local industry to focus on the lucrative sports tourism market.

The 2011 Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) held in Cape Town provided a platform for all significant bodies in both sports and tourism to come together to discuss ideas and plans regarding the future of sports tourism in the country. No doubt the work done at this event has started to bear fruit and international recognition such as the recent World Travel Award is proof of this.

'This accolade certainly gives impetus to our strategy of growing South Africa's sports tourism offering for the global market,' says Singh.


Member news: Feathered friends at Ditsong: The Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum

By Lettie Engelbrecht, Public Relations Officer at DITSONG: Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum

Visitors to the 'Old Farmyard' at Willem Prinsloo are often surprised by Umfundi, our enormous indigenous Nguni bull, and also by the proud peacocks, flaunting their feathers for their female friends. An interesting variety of indigenous chickens - Ovambos, Black and Red Vendas, Naked Necks, and the Koekoek breed (a locally domesticated chicken) can be seen at the chicken coops.

Staff members at the Old Farmyard were delighted with the arrival of a number of soft and fluffy 'baby' chickens from Irene in November and December 2010. There were 50 Koekoeks, 35 Naked Necks and 30 Ovambos.

The cute 'Kaalnekkies' were a treat to see - so funny looking with their fluffy bodies and long, bare red necks. Uninformed people usually think that these chickens have a terrible disease that causes them loosing their neck feathers! The chickens are raised with great care and special coops equipped with heaters and electric lights to keep them warm, were built by the Museum's terrain team. Tinus, our terrain officer, even had to baby-sit during the nights!! In March 210, three months after their arrival, the baby chicks - now grown into beautiful young hens and the cocks... already the life and souls of the party - were moved to the chicken coops.

Member news: CSIR International Convention Centre perfectly poised for success

CSIR International Convention Centre (ICC) now offers splendid facilities to cater for all client needs plus more. The completed Phase II of the expanding and refurbishing project saw the addition of, VIP suites, additional breakaway/meeting rooms and a new luxurious boardroom as well as additional improvements to disabled person friendly infrastructure.

VIP Suites: The new VIP suite at the CSIR ICC offers dignitaries a full well appointed private bathroom, an elegantly styled lounge ideal for relaxing and unwinding, a executive boardroom and an executive office to cater for the business needs of VIP's on site. The area is secure with two entrance/exit points catering for emergency evacuations.

Breakaway/meeting room: The new breakaway/meeting rooms are well situated to take advantage of the Centre's spectacular deck which leads out into the natural bush surrounding the building. Fitted with the most modern audio visual equipment the venue setup is flexible and can cater for any type of event.

Boardroom: The new luxuriously appointed boardroom seats up to 12 persons. Ideal for Board meetings and Executive sessions the boardroom features a butler service with refreshments on hand throughout the day.

The CSIR ICC is well positioned to provide complete, seamless solutions for every kind of medium size (up to 500 delegates) business event. Event organisers will be pleasantly surprised at the myriad of value adding facilities and services that simplify their job while delegates will be delighted with the well appointed, user friendly venues set in a tranquil and inspiring environment.

Member news: Restoration work and master plan for the Ditsong: Kruger Museum Site and Dwelling

By Mauritz Naudé, Conservator: buildings and structures: DITSONG Museums of South Africa

Architects have been appointed to draft the scope of work for the site and the main dwelling. The key objective and focus of this initiative is to restore the exterior of the dwelling and ensure that critical aspects of the preservation of the dwelling (such as moist penetration and drainage of rainwater) be addressed. However, the project has also expanded to include a master plan for the development of the site. Once again the objective is to address preservation objectives such as drainage of water from the site and managing environmental factors that may or have impacted negatively on the buildings and site in the past. An additional aspect addressed by the team was to include future alterations and additions to buildings especially the supporting outbuildings at the back (northern portion) of the site. These are based on current and future needs relating to enhance tourism and visitor enjoyment of the site and the various elements displayed at the Museum.

Upcoming events

  • Meetings Africa 2012, from 28 February to 1 March 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre - Don't forget to visit the TTA stand!
  • Monument Antique and Collectables Fair, takes place on the roof of the large amphitheatre on 21 March 2012 from 09:00 to 15:00. Entrance is R20 per car.
  • Afrikaans op Reis, on 15 April 2012 from 12h30 at the Pretoria Botanical Garden.
  • 'Tea and a Talk', presented by SANParks Honorary Rangers, Midrand Region on Saturday 21 April 2012 from 10:00 to 12:30 at Pretoria Botanical Gardens, SANBI Educational Centre.

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