NEWSLETTER - 20 July 2012

TBI dips in Q2, but outlook for Q3 positive

Whilst the TBCSA FNB Tourism Business Index (TBI) for the second quarter of this year revealed a decline in the performance of the South African tourism industry, the outlook for the third quarter remains positive, according to CEO of Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), Mmatšatši Ramawela.

The index is an initiative of the TBCSA and is sponsored by First National Bank. It is compiled by Grant Thornton.

The TBI provides an indication of the current and likely future performance of the various businesses operating within the tourism sector in South Africa. It profiles the industry and positions it as an important component of the South African economy.

The index registered an actual performance of 88.2 in the second quarter of the year - a 13.7 index point decrease from the first quarter's actual performance of 101.9, indicating difficult trading conditions for business in this period.

Ramawela said the TBI report was a perfect precursor to the forthcoming South African Travel and Tourism Industry Conference (SATTIC) in September. "Through the TBI, we can clearly identify some of the key challenges to grow travel into and within South Africa. Finding possible solutions to overcome these challenges is the underlying theme for the industry conference. We urge all travel and tourism operators to attend and be part of the solution," she concluded.

Source: www.tourismupdate.co.za

Executive Mayor meets with news editors

The Executive Mayor met with news editors from CNBC Africa, Eyewitness News and the SABC to give them a taste of the "South Africa's Capital 2055" draft plan that the City of Tshwane will be launching at the end of July this year. This plan will also be made available for public comment.

According to the Mayor it is a long-term strategy framework that will alter and redefine Tshwane's development path to ensure the development of an integrated, well-connected, well-governed, well-managed and modernised city.

The Tshwane Planning Commission established earlier this year to consolidate current planning frameworks and assist with the development of the new plan, hopes to engage with the local community to get their input. Public participation will be encouraged during the seven-week outreach programme.

The Tshwane 2055 plan, expected to be launched in October, include key elements such as implementing infrastructure-led development; strengthening key economic clusters to gain leverage from growth trends in manufacturing; involving government and business services; developing a sustainable low-carbon environment; and building safe, healthy and balanced communities.

In addition, a discussion document will focus on, for instance, service delivery excellence and innovation; diversified and shared economic development; integrated economic, social and environmental strategies; revenue security and financial sustainability; and social cohesion, inclusion and diversity.

Source: www.tshwane.gov.za

Member News: New Developments

Hotel 224 recently finished another phase of their revamp - upgrading the conference facilities and adding a 4th venue called the Pepper Tree.

The Lion's den conference room on the 15th floor has been expanded and converted into a superb venue for hosting conference groups up to 30 delegates, equipped with a full PA system including projector screening. The venue, which also has its own private bar, is also ideal for evening cocktails and small intimate functions with a breathtaking view over the city.

The Pepper Tree conference room - this modern up market venue boasts a spacious room of a high standard where innovative, modern design meets timeless sophistication. The conference room is fully furnished with the latest state-of-the-art technology making it a unique conferencing and event venue perfect for both private and corporate functions and events. With expansive glass doors to enjoy these magnificent surroundings our patio area has to offer including a private bar.

For more information, visit www.hotel224.com

Member News: Celebrate Mandela Month with Manhattan Hotel

Dedicated to our community, Manhattan Hotel has once again decided to celebrate Mandela month by giving back.

After the success of Outreach 2011, we will again join hands with Tshwane Leadership Foundation on the 27th of July 2012 at 19:00 to help those less fortunate than ourselves. We will go to homeless settlements in Pretoria CBD to do handouts.

Should you want to get involved, whether donating cash, products or simply your time, please contact Cleodette at 012 392 0099 for more information.

Member News: Best of Madiba photo exhibition at the Court Classique Suite Hotel

The Best of Madiba Photo exhibition is an initiative of the National Press Club, emBARgo. They invited their members to submit their favourite photos of moments with Madiba. These photos have been printed and will be on display at emBARgo (the official pub of the National Press Club) until 01 August 2012, whereafter the exhibition will be travelling to Cape Town. The Exhibition opened on Madiba's birthday and Members of the public are welcome to drop by to come and view it.

For more information contact the Hotel on 012 344 4420.

Member News: Leriba hotel & spa undergoes a 'facelift'

Leriba Hotel and Spa will undergo a facelift as part of its drive to satisfy the changing need of our loyal corporate clients. Leriba Hotel and Spa is widely regarded as one of Gauteng's premier conference venues which received numerous awards including Best Luxury Hotel in SA [AA Travel Awards, 2011]; Overall Best Restaurant in SA [RASA Awards, 2011] and being nominated as one of the Top 10 Gauteng Conference Venues by Business Traveller and Venue of Choice by SA Conference Directory 2010.

To meet the demand of the ever changing business guest, Leriba Hotel & Spa has spent R5 million to resuscitate and upgrade 8 of our current 18 conference venues.

The first phase included the addition of a new, state of the art conference venue, Kgotso 2 that can accommodate up to 100 delegates cinema style complete with dark wood furnishings, upscale fabrics, fireplaces and cozy lounges. The phase included the completion of a private wooden deck with large Bedouin tent, overlooking the lush indigenous bush and Hennops River ideal for cocktail parties and corporate functions

The second phase will be the revamp of the current Livingstone conference venue. The venue will now be able to accommodate up to 140 delegates. The final phase will include the upgrade of our current 4 star en suite rooms with design, décor and architectural elements to create a seamless standard of luxury as well as the addition of a luxury gymnasium for hotel residents.

Leriba Hotel and Spa, has reached new heights in the hotel and conference market. The hotel has been building and upgrading since March 2009 to improve the brand and offering to its valuable clients.

The 18 well equipped, air conditioned venues can accommodate up to 1200 delegates per day. Facilities include high speed Internet, Wi-Fi, video conferencing and a wide variety of equipment available. Our generators will ensure that power failures don't affect your conference.

Apart from new technology platforms, we also offer conferencing packages with a difference:

  • Bush conference packages [Conference in the bush for half the conference package rate]
  • Green conference packages
  • Make your own meal [can be integrated in the teambuilding process]

We also boast two award winning full a la carte restaurants [open to the public] namely Hemingway's Restaurant & Wine Cellar and Chapters Restaurant, overseen by acclaimed Chef Jan Botha.

With the 21st century conference facilities superbly incorporated within the lush indigenous gardens, delegates enjoy modern comforts in an environment that is so beautiful and peaceful, that business becomes a pleasure.

Please visit www.leriba.co.za or contact us on (012)660 3300 or sales@leriba.co.za.

Member News: "Tea and A Talk"

The Pretoria Botanical Gardens will be hosting Christopher Willis, Chief Director of Conservation Gardens & Tourism for Tea and A Talk at their SANBI Educational Centre on the 11th August 2012 from 10:00 to 11:30.

Christopher studied at UCT where he was awarded a BSc (Botany & Zoology) and an MSc (Conservation Biology). He has won numerous awards, published many papers and is a regular contributor to international biological conferences and workshops. He has a deep passion for the environment which he is always willing to share.

The cost for the presentation is R50.00 per person, inclusive of the entry to the Botanical Garden so that you can enjoy a walk in the Garden after the presentation.

For more information contact midrandhr@gmail.com.

Upcoming events

Spotlight GAUTENG BLITZ workshops on Wednesday 25th July at the Leriba Lodge Centurion from 08h30-11h30 www.houstonmarketing.co.za

Monument Antique and Collectables fair, 167 Stalls with something for everyone, from fine porcelain to furniture and old dinky toys on 9 August 2012 from 09:00 to 15:00. Entrance is R20 per car. www.voortrekkermon.org.za

'Tea and a Talk', presented by SANParks Honorary Rangers, Midrand Region on Saturday 11 August 2012 from 10.00 to 11.30 at Pretoria Botanical Gardens, SANBI Educational Centre.

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