NEWSLETTER - 16 March 2012

Restoration of Kruger House

Kruger House is undergoing exciting restoration and renovation - follow the blog to keep you updated on this monumental project and learn some interesting facts!

The story begins way back with President Paul Kruger himself, or as Pretorians affectionately would like to call him Oom Paul. What is considered The Kruger Museum was actually the house Oom Paul and his family lived in during the last year of the 19th century. It also comprises of two display halls and President Kruger's state railway coach.

The renovation period will last for approximately 10 weeks, where the blog will provide weekly updates. You are invited to participate in this project and share your affection and passion for Oom Paul and his house as it is restored back to some of its original glory.

Recharge and Refocus - Hotel Investment Conference Africa (HICA) 2012 registration opens

Rising input costs, changes in consumer travel patterns and issues of environmental sustainability are some of the factors that today's hoteliers have to keep in balance to remain profitable. But can hotels attain this balance?

In view of the current market conditions, HICA 2012 will have a special focus on how best to navigate the changing hospitality landscape. Included in the conference programme will be sessions dedicated to scrutinising the four key elements of any successful hotel operation - finance, brand, operational efficiency and distribution - to determine how businesses adapt in the current economic climate.

Prominent Aerospace Event details

Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) is one of the world┤s premier aerospace and defence events and hold a prominent position within the aviation and defence calendar. The exhibition takes place on a biennial basis in September in Tshwane. The first three days of the exhibition are traditionally trade days, followed by two airshow days that is open to the public.

The 7th AAD will take place at Air Force Base Waterkloof, Centurion, Tshwane, South Africa from 19 to 23 September 2012, and will once again bring together worldwide industry players to showcase the latest technological innovations.

Olympians' and elite sports teams' training venue of choice is in Tshwane!

The High Performance Centre (hpc) at the University of Pretoria is seen as the preferred training venue of choice for international and national elite sports teams and individual athletes alike. The elite International athletics and swimming teams that have visited the hpc since 27 December 2011 for their training camps building up to the Olympics bears testimony to this fact.

German National Hammer Team.

National Swimming Teams from Turkey, Belarus, Slovenia, and Estonia.

Swedish National Swimming Team.

The hpc played host to the following groups over the last couple of months: The Turkish, Slovenia, Belarus, Estonian, Danish, French, Luxembourg, Swedish, Spanish and British National Swimming, the Finnish LaUS club swimming team, the Welsh Ladies Youth cricket team as well as to the National German Hammer and Discus teams.

Some of the teams are regulars at the hpc such as the British team who enjoyed their 10th annual stay at the hpc and vouched to be back next year. The German Hammer Team was here for the 12th time and will be back in April this year for their final preparations for the Olympics.

The excellent training and the friendly/ professional staff were some of the reasons why these groups choose to train at the hpc.

The following previous Olympic medalists and World champs in their respective disciplines were part of the teams who did their pre-Olympic preparations at the hpc:
Swedish Nat Swimming: Lars Fr÷lander
British Nat Swimming: Kerri-Ann Payne (already qualified for Olympics)
French Nat Swimming: Alain Bernard, Jeremy Stravius, Hugues Duboscq, Camille Muffat
Luxembourg Nat Swimming: Laurent Carnol (already qualified for Olympics)
Slovenia Nat Swimming: Peter Mankˇc
Belarus Nat Swimming: Gerasimenya Aleksandra & Sviatlana Khakhlova
Estonian Nat Swimming : Triin Aljand
Denmark Nat Swimming: Lotte Friis & Jeanette Ottesen
German National Discus: Robert Harting
German National Hammer: Betty Heidler, Kathrin Klaas & Mareike Nannen
Finnish LaUS Swimming Club: Anniina Ala-Seppala (already qualified for Olympics)

TTA Participation at Meetings Africa 2012

The TTA facilitated a successful and professional stand at Meetings Africa 2012 for participating members. The Association coordinated the stand booking an 18 sq. m stand for the 6 participants. The stand was positioned close to the City of Tshwane: Tourism, to allow for complimentary marketing.

The professionally built stand was donated by Ulysses Tours & Safaris and built by Signature Spaces.

The following members participated on the stand:

  • Manhattan Hotel
  • Mangwa Valley Game Lodge
  • Arcadia Hotel
  • Sabie Lodge
  • Ulysses Tours & Safaris
  • SANBI (Pretoria National Botanical Garden)

Members who are interested in participating in a similar initiative for INDABA 2012 should please contact Vanessa.

New slogan for South Africa

Brand South Africa has announced the new slogan for the country, "South Africa: Inspiring new ways", as approved by Cabinet. It replaces the previous slogan, "Alive with Possibility".

A year ago "More than you can imagine" was proposed as the replacement but was shelved for being unoriginal, according to

In the coming months South Africans at home and abroad can look forward to seeing the new brand expression in advertising and promotional material that will be used to explain and promote South Africa's attraction to ourselves and to the world. Read more

Research available

Business Monitor International (BMI) has just released the South Africa Tourism Report. The report can be purchased online.

Member news: CSIR International Convention Centre Shines at Meetings Africa

CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC) recently exhibited at Meetings Africa, South African Tourism's marketing platform showcasing the range of services and products in Southern Africa's Meetings, Incentives, Conference, and Exhibitions industry, to both local and international buyers.

Meetings Africa targets everyone who travels for business or who books business travel as well as organisers of events, conferences, meetings, team incentive trips or teambuilding activities. The CSIR ICC had scheduled 17 appointments with relevant hosted buys, 15 of whom where international buyers representing global associations and corporates. In total 31 significant sales leads were generated for the Centre at the exhibition.

A highlight for ICC staff at the exhibition was the privilege of having Minister van Schalkwyk visit the ICC stand and engaging with him in a conversation about CSIR ICC efforts to bring more academic and scientific conferences to Tshwane to benefit the research and academic community in the city. The ICC exhibition stand also won the runner up award in medium stand category.

Member news: Revamped newsletter and website for the Zoo

The revamped Zoo e-News and website of the National Zoo were well received by readers and National Zoo staff alike. In reaction to the new-look newsletter, some rather creative messages were posted on Facebook by National Zoo staff.

Since the new website was made live and the December issue of Zoo e-News was published, almost 500 new subscribers have signed up to receive the newsletter.

Read the latest issue of Zoo e-News and remember to subscribe!

Member news: Leriba Hotel and Spa is a company who cares for the environment

Leriba Hotel and Spa is situated in 12 hectares of lush indigenous forest on the banks of the Hennops River, bordering Centurion City Centre. Leriba Hotel and Spa was awarded Best Luxury Hotel in SA by the AA Travel Accommodation Awards in 2011.

As a member of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, we are proud of this piece of natural habitat in the city. Over the last 10 years, more than 200 exotic trees were removed and replaced by over a 1000 indigenous plants [representing different ecological regions], that created a natural environment for birds and insects.

With more and more development and increasing numbers of people settling in the Centurion/Pretoria area, there will be a need for this indigenous forest, a breathing space, an open laboratory, a space to relax in natural habitat, a park in the city conserved for the benefit of future generations.

Recently Leriba became a Silver accredited member of the Heritage Environmental Management Company and International Green Globe certification, the largest and most successful environment management system and certification program of its kind in Africa at this stage. On a responsible way, we maintain and develop sustainable eco- friendly practises that benefit all of us.

Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally-accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses, currently operating under a worldwide license in over 83 countries. Green Globe is the only certification brand to be an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

We recognise and share the environmental aspirations of many of our customers and as a result implemented a program under the auspices of the Heritage Environmental Management Company of environmental friendly and sustainable practices to shrink our carbon foot print.

Leriba Hotel and Spa is the perfect setting for conferences, weddings, exhibitions and product launches. The conference venues and 73 en suite rooms are filled with natural light, and all boast stunning views of the indigenous forest with abundance of bird life. Up to 800 guests can be accommodated in 18 well equipped venues. Two award winning restaurants offer dishes influenced by local produce, complimented by our extensive wine collection [awarded Platinum Diners Club Winelist of the year 2010 & 2011].

At Leriba Hotel and Spa, our focus has always been Luxury, Naturally. Keeping with this theme we are excited to offer 'The Green Standard', our new green meeting programs which incorporate eco-friendly practices throughout every aspect of our meetings and events. We offer eco-luxury services from arrival to departure.

Our Green Conference package includes Green Standards throughout allowing us to minimize our footprint in the world and maximize sustainability for the future. We are committed to the principles of eco-friendly practices.

Please visit our webpage for more information or contact us (012) 660 3300 or

Member news: Hospitality Career Open Day

The Capital Hotel School and Training Academy invites Grade 12 learners who are interested in a career in the Hospitality Industry to our Open Day on Tuesday, 24 July 2012 from 14:00 - 18:00.

CHS offers two year, full-time internationally recognised City and Guilds of London Diploma courses in Hospitality Management and Professional Cookery. CHS is situated in Arcadia, close to Hatfield at 919 Church Street (between Hill and Orient Street), Arcadia. For more information call (012) 430-5539 or visit the website.

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