NEWSLETTER - 23 October 2012

Opportunity to exhibit at Indaba & Meetings Africa 2013

Bookings for exhibiting at both Indaba and Meetings Africa are open. Tshwane Tourism Association (TTA) is arranging an association stand at both exhibitions to give members an opportunity to exhibit at these exhibitions at a lesser cost than exhibiting as individual products.

If you are interested in participating in either, or both of, these exhibitions (on the TTA stand) please contact Vanessa to make reservations on or 012 41 2593 as a matter of urgency. Arrangements will be confirmed upon receipt of sufficient interest from members.

Tourism Roadshow Announced

South African Tourism and stakeholders including TEP, TOMSA and The Department of Tourism have joined forces to bring you a single workshop where you get the benefit of being educated on matters that are key to you and your business in the tourism industry. The Tshwane workshop will be held on 1 March 2013 at the Premier Hotel Pretoria – book your seat.

The program includes:

  • Tourism Market Insights.
  • How being Star Graded provides you access to millions of global travellers
  • What support is available to Tourism and Hospitality SMME's through the Tourism Enterprise Partnership (TEP).
  • TOMSA - What is TOMSA and the benefits of being a TOMSA levy collecting member.
  • NCB - The National Convention Bureau and its value proposition to the hospitality and tourism industry.
  • How your establishment's service excellence contributes to South Africa's positioning as a welcoming nation.

This is an excellent opportunity to spend a few hours with the best in the industry, and pave your road for a profitable and successful future. You are welcome to invite fellow trade owners who you believe can benefit from this event.

Shorter, sharper, more impactful INDABA 2013 on the cards

South Africa is an extremely attractive proposition for the global travel trade and INDABA offers the best of this destination in three days under one roof.

Known all over the world for its wildlife tourism attractions and now also forging a global reputation as a lifestyle mecca and world leader in responsible tourism, South Africa continues to be a major draw-card for both established and emerging tourism markets.

As South Africa's traditional tourism markets show strong signs of recovery and the emerging markets are showing double digit growth, South African Tourism is giving Africa's flagship travel and tourism trade show, INDABA, a revamp to ensure it remains the premier platform to capitalise on resilient global travel interest.

After extensive consultation with tourism industry stakeholders, South African Tourism has taken the decision to reduce INDABA from the usual four to three days next year, with INDABA 2013 taking place from 11-13 May 2013.

INDABA 2013 will be a shorter, sharper show, geared at giving visiting buyers easy access to the widest cross section of the South African tourism industry – all eager to showcase their innovative offerings and to do business in a destination which saw over 10% growth in tourist arrivals in the first half of 2012.

While the reality of the aftermath of the global economic recession saw a decline in the number of buyers and visitors at INDABA 2012, the show retained its stature as the premier showcase. INDABA has maintained its global status as a business platform for international tour operators and buyers serious about growing their business in Southern Africa's burgeoning tourism industry.

Attracting 3 722 travel buyers and 1 458 exhibitors from every conceivable aspect of South Africa's leisure and lifestyle travel experiences, the numbers were still impressive at INDABA 2012, with the overall execution of the show of a very high standard.

"South Africa offers potential international tourism buyers and tour operators a tangible opportunity for business growth and to be a part of South Africa's tourism success story. INDABA undoubtedly remains the tourism industry's premier business networking event and will remain one of the most exciting travel trade shows on the annual tourism business calendar. INDABA is not about breaking attendance records, but is focusing on attracting quality buyers, exhibitors and visitors. Although delegate numbers dropped slightly this year, we attracted a number of quality hosted buyers and exhibitors that compare favourably with 2010 attendance statistics," said Thulani Nzima, Chief Executive Officer at South African Tourism.

While the overwhelming call from the tourism industry in forums with previous INDABA attendees and with the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) was for a shorter, more impactful INDABA, major positive feedback received was on how useful the ‘speed marketing' sessions were in showcasing South Africa's tourism product.

"This year there were three speed marketing sessions, each focussing on South Africa's tourism offerings in the fields of responsible and sustainable tourism; adventure tourism; and culture and heritage tourism. They were very well attended – oversubscribed in fact - and proved to be an exceptionally useful business introductory service for both exhibitors and buyers. So we're making them a feature of INDABA next year and will be having them on every day of the show," said Nzima.

Another feature of INDABA will be an exhibitor workshop to discuss key tourism trends and industry updates with the world's leading travel industry experts.

Important for the tourism industry to note is that TOMSA levy payers will get 10% discount for the exhibition stand costs. To ensure a good quality of experience for INDABA attendees, South African Tourism has changed the registration form for INDABA 2013 to ensure 'products' can't register as buyers, with a view to maintaining strict controls for INDABA access to ensure the event's quality.

"We've been working on ensuring we take on board as much feedback as possible on what worked and what didn't work at previous INDABAs, in order to ensure the show remains a major attraction for international visitors and buyers – a crucial business networking platform for the South African tourism trade. We've held three INDABA road shows in October in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, with over 360 attendees, and there wasn't a single complaint about us reducing the length of INDABA, a decision which was in fact commended in keeping with other international shows," said Nzima.

Of course, we are a destination known for its breath-taking beauty and wildlife attractions, but also increasingly for its lifestyle and design qualities and its global leadership in the responsible tourism and adventure arena. South Africa is also renowned for its warm, friendly, welcoming people and superb tourism service ethic and capability, all of which make South Africa an extremely attractive proposition for the global travel trade, who we are working hard on attracting to INDABA in great numbers," said Nzima.

INDABA 2013 will take place from May 11 to 13. For more information on the show and for details on how to register to attend, visit Media registration opens on 20 October 2012 and will close on 4 May 2013.

Big changes on the cards for Meetings Africa

Meetings Africa 2013, set to take place in February at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, is set to undergo several changes.

After a consultative process with the National Convention Bureau's (NCB) Co-ordinating Council, the major convention centres and industry captains, the decision was taken to make Meetings Africa a two-day show with the extra day operating as an educational-only day.

Next year Meetings Africa will be opened up to 200 local corporate hosted buyers, as well 50 African association buyers. "Vienna is currently the Number 1 meetings destination in the world, but 80% of those meetings are local or regional. South Africa needs to understand the potential of short-haul meetings," said NCB Executive Manager, Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo.

She said Meetings Africa has embarked on the theme of ‘Advancing Africa Together', and the Association Day will focus on building a fraternity of local and African associations so that the continent can offer a more sophisticated structure for meetings.

An ICCA Africa pavilion will also be introduced, giving industry members outside of South Africa the opportunity to attend and exhibit.

Other possible plans include the introduction of a politician and decision-makers forum, so that stakeholders can meet to discuss how business events can be leveraged to achieve the economic objectives of the country. Organisers are also looking at introducing a young leadership forum.


Member news - Congratulations!

The TTA would to congratulate the following Members in their respective Awards, Awarded by the PMR.Africa this past Tuesday. The Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Park and The CSIR ICC received awards according to their different categories.

Melanie Pretorious, CSIR ICC

Fana Jiyane, Freedom Park

Sonja Lombard, Voortrekker Monument

The Professional Management Review runs an annual survey of companies from various sectors in the Tshwane Municipal district, from which the PMR.Africa awards are issued to deserving parties. The award breakfast took place at the Sheraton Hotel in the capital city on Tuesday. PMR.Africa awards are a culmination of a research process whereby companies and institutions are rated based on respondents perceptions with a strong emphasis on evaluating and measuring customer service and customer satisfaction.

Freedom Park was rated first overall amongst heritage and historical sectors by business and government leaders. The monument - created to celebrate those who gave their lives in the struggle for freedom and to foster reconciliation, and national unity - received the highest score in the category of exciting/interesting heritage/historical buildings in the Tshwane metro area.

The Voortrekker Monument was awarded the Diamond Arrow PMR Africa Award (1st) for its contribution to the economic growth and development of the city Tshwane/Pretoria in the category Leaders and Achievers on 15 October 2012. It is the sixth time that the Voortrekker Monument has won a PMR Award.

The CSIR International Convention Centre was awarded the Professional Management Review Golden Arrow Award in the Conference/Convention Centre sector. "Such recognition continues to affirm the 34 years legacy of quality and added value, expanded on and enhanced to ensure that we are still a facility with venues and related services that can compare favourably globally", says Bronwen Cadle de Ponte, Marketing & Sales Manager of the CSIR ICC.

Member news - Protea Hotel Waterfront Centurion now Protea Hotel Centurion

Agents should note that the GDS codes for bookings will remain the same:
Sabre: 45082;
Galileo: 97472;
Amadeus: PRYWAT and
Worldspan: PWATE.

The hotel features a total of 177 rooms consisting of 131 standard and deluxe African themed bedrooms, 44 modern contemporary, semi-self-catering suite apartments and a studio room. The hotel also has a VIP presidential suite featuring a balcony, which can be used for private cocktail functions. The four-star hotel is situated within walking distance of the Centurion Gautrain Station, the Centurion shopping mall as well as SuperSport Park cricket stadium.

Protea Hotel Centurion has a fully equipped day-conference centre offering personalised venue set-ups and a variety of package options. There is also complimentary secure parking available 24-hours on site. Located at the hotel as well is the a la carte restaurant, Emanzini.

Member news - The 137 Murray Street Guesthouse upgraded

The Guesthouse has had an upgrade, to better the experience of the guest and to accommodate more. There are now 28 fully equipped on suites, free wireless internet, parking, breakfast & Dinners on site.

Come and have the 137 Murray Street Guesthouse experience.

For more information go to

Member news - Voortrekker Market

There will be Farmer's Markets on 3 November and 1 December at the Voortrekker Monument from 08:00 to 14:00.

Fresh produce and products for sale. Free entertainment for the kids. Entrance fee R10 per car.

For more information, visit

Member news - One day golf trips from Tshwane

African Green Golf Tours & Safari's offers "the Gauteng Golf Bus" to provide a structured informal one day golf tour to companies who wish to entertain their clients or to groups of tourists. Day golf tours are based on small groups with a minimum of 8 - 10 guests per golf day trip. Tours depart on weekdays, on request and are dependent on the availability of tee-off times or golf days that may be staged at courses from time to time. Golf day tours offers a hassle free fun day outing that can be used as a tourist day trip, for team building or as an incentive trip.

The day golf tour packages are inclusive of: Return transport by small luxury air-conditioned tour coach with large luggage trailer, golf green fees per person, halfway-house snack lunch, mineral water en-route to the golf course, an African Green tour co-coordinator on tour, the experience." tick down yet another top golf course played. We can assist at an additional cost to hire golf clubs or golf equipment for guests.

We offer a special rate with the Golf Bus to play at the Jack Nicklaus designed Pecanwood GC for R 995-00 per person (as an added bonus to the above inclusions, this will also include a shared motorized golf cart per person). This tour rate will be offered until early in December 2012. This may even form part of a company's year-end function, as part of a conference or as a "bosberaad".

All tours are to golf courses within an easy 1 – 2 and a half hour's drive in and around Gauteng. Other exciting courses on offer are: Serengeti, Legends, Zebula, Vaal de Grace, Elements etc. We will separately quote on every request.

Larger groups of 24 or more guests can also be accommodated. As an incentive African Green Golf Tours will offer one free golf tour package to the organizer / client once a number of 23 paying passengers, for a single tour date, have been reached.

All tours depart and return to one central location e.g. Company offices, hotel, guest house etc. Tours exclude all golf equipment, drinks, other meals, golf prizes or promotional items, golf cart fees (unless where included) or caddie fees. For more information, visit

Member news - Kwalata: Campfoot Prints + Taste Foods Ambassadors @ All Nations & TLC

Kwalata together with Just Footprints Foundation hosted a fun camp event for children from various charities in the DGR & Steve Bikoville Community two weeks ago!

Those who were in attendance included well known soccer players such as Itumeleng Khune, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Brickz Mabrigado, a well-known singer who brought great smiles and lending their skills to the underprivileged children and Elders at the TLC old age home. View the photographs!

Member news - Gourmet Dinner with Van Loveren Wines 26 Oct 2012

Hemingway's Restaurant & Wine Cellar [Winner: Best Overall Restaurant & Best Fine Dining Restaurant, SA Tourism Welcome Awards 2011] situated at Leriba Hotel and Spa in Centurion, has become renowned for their hugely popular gourmet dinners, food and wine pairing evenings and chef's tables.

In a style reminiscent of the cafés and eateries of Ernest Hemingway's Paris, the award-winning Restaurant & Wine Cellar offers a stimulating blend of understated elegance and splashes of contemporary Provencal chic.

Chef Botha, a member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs and National South African team, has created signature dishes that are deceptively simple but surprises with exquisite flavours – a true awakening of the senses. This celebrated chef takes inspiration from the colours and sanguinity of the different seasons, to create his own ‘Moveable Feast' with exciting new menus. Patrons already agree that the menus are refreshingly distinctive and set a new standard for South African cuisine.

Hemingway's Restaurant is also the proud recipient of the Platinum Diners Club Wine List of the Year Award for three years [2010, 2011 and 2012]. Guests can therefore be assured of a superior wine collection that represents some of our country's most prestigious wine farms. Whether you opt to dine in the main restaurant next to the cozy fireplaces, on the sundrenched patio or join the chef inside his own kitchen, guests are assured of a truly novel concept that intertwines style and comfort with a spectacular dining experience.

Join us on Friday the 26th of October at 18:30 for the exclusive Gourmet Dinner with Van Loveren Wines. The R350 per person includes a 4 course meal paired with the different cultivars, welcome drink and cheese platter on arrival.

Hemingway's Restaurant is situated at Leriba Hotel and Spa, 245 End Ave, Clubview, Centurion. Book now on or 012 660 3300 or visit

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

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Meetings Africa 2013, 18–21 February 2013, Johannesburg

The Power of One Tourism Roadshow, 1 May 2013, Pretoria

Indaba 2013, 11 - 13 May 2013, Durban

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