NEWSLETTER - 5 December 2012

Thank you for your support and commitment during 2012

This is the association's last newsletter for 2012 and we would like to wish all recipients a safe and festive holiday season and we look forward to 2013 and all of the opportunities that it brings!

We thank all TTA members for the support and commitment during 2012, all of your inputs to various projects and sponsorships of initiatives are appreciated, building a strong united tourism community in a city and improving the city's tourism brand is no easy task and we cannot do it without your support so thank you to everyone who has participated in the year that has passed.

To all our new members, welcome once more, your support means that the resources of our tourism community are strengthened which will allow us to undertake greater more effective initiatives going forward in 2013.

If you are travelling over the next few weeks please do so safely, rest well if you are taking leave and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year for we have some informative and motivating members meetings and other exciting projects planned!

From 2012 to 2013 - A short summary of the years key points...

AGM
We held a successful AGM in April 2012 and the following Board Members were elected, and have continued to grow the Association activities:
Franco Jordaan - Court Classique Suite Hotel
Prem Gangiah - Soft Touch Trading
Srinivas Venkatkumar - Arcadia Hotel
Bronwen Cadle De Ponte - CSIR ICC
Gita Jivan - Geet Indian Restaurant
Ebirth Adams - SANBI
Elsa Daniels - Voortrekker Monument
Greg Waspe - Premier Hotel Pretoria
Natalie Botha - Protea Hotel Waterfront
Rosemarie van Staden - GATE
Marli Toerien - TuksSport (Pty) Ltd t/a hpc

Marketing
The TTA has successfully exhibited at Meetings Africa 2012 and Indaba 2012. We are giving members a chance to can also exhibit at these two shows in 2013. For more information contact Vanessa on secretary@tshwanetourism.com.

Meetings
The TTA has hosted a number of educational members meeting. Members are encouraged to attend and to participate in these meetings as they help address industry problems and trends. Your inputs for topics to be covered in 2013 are also welcomed, contact Vanessa should you wish to participate either with topics or if interested in hosting or sponsoring with a venue.

Newsletter
We have distributed the TTA newsletter to more than 900 stakeholders in the city in 2012 and have since seen a growth in subscriptions. Members are encouraged to submit their news, press releases and specials to Vanessa regularly to be featured in the newsletter and the TTA website.

South Africa announces ambitious event targets

South Africa hopes to increase its business event arrivals by 50 per cent in the next five years, according to the chief executive of South African Tourism, Thulani Nzima. He was speaking at a press conference at industry tradeshow EIBTM, which ended on 29 November in Barcelona.

"We are enthusiastic, energised and determined," said Nzima. "We have targets we are confident we will reach. It's our collective ambition to grow business event arrivals to South Africa by 50 per cent in the next five years. This will mean an additional US$344 million for the South African economy and an additional 31,000 jobs.

"South Africa has one intention: To show the world, in word and deed, that South Africa is stepping up to boost its global and regional competitiveness and unlock the significant potential of the business event market for South Africa and the rest of the continent."

The South African National Convention Bureau was launched a year ago, and a new initiative includes the international benchmarking of the South African bidding process led by the recently formed Business Events Coordinating Council.

Meetings Africa, the continent's tradeshow for the events industry, will take place from 18-20 February next year at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

TBCSA urges industry participation in survey

The TBCSA has urged all members and businesses operating in the broader travel and tourism industry to participate in the quarterly TBCSA FNB Tourism Business Index (TBI) survey.

The TBI is an initiative of the TBCSA, sponsored by First National Bank and compiled by Grant Thornton. The aim is to provide individual tourism businesses with regular, up-to-date information on the performance of the industry, including an indicator of performance outlook in the next three months. This information is designed to help businesses to understand the tourism operating environment better, and thus be better prepared for the likely future tourism environment.

Surveys for the last quarter of 2012 will be distributed to tourism businesses on December 20. The deadline for submission is Monday, January 7.

For more information, visit www.tbcsa.travel

Kwalata lends a hand

Kwalata Game Ranch, together with other sponsors, has been involved in facilitating for this year a lot of community development initiatives and has successfully made a difference.

One of them is the recent Tender-Love & Care (TLC) Old Age Home building and renovations.

Should you wish to get involved contact Charl on charl@kwalata.co.za or go to www.kwalata-initiatives.co.za.

Covenant Commemoration Stones Unveiled On 16 December

The annual Day of the Covenant church service will end with the unveiling of commemoration stones with the words of the covenant in Afrikaans, English and Dutch on 16 December. The stones form part of the 175th commemoration of the Great Trek which will be celebrated next year. The service will commence early and end at 10:45 whereupon the Monument will be accessible for ordinary day visitors who did not attend the service.

The service and the sun shining on the Cenotaph will be projected on large screens in the Hall of Heroes and the Cenotaph Hall. Guests are should be aware that the quality of sound projection is best in the Cenotaph Hall. Persons attending the service do not pay entrance fees but a collection will be taken up before the start of the service to help with the costs of the event.

The programme will be as follows:
07:30    VTM main gates open (entrance free)
07:30    Assegai gates and doors of the Monument open
08:30    Sing-along: song leader Dr Lukas de Kock; organ accompaniment, Mrs Tersia Knobel
09:00    Taking up of collection
09:30    Reading of the Covenant
09:35    Covenant service by Reverend Danie Langner - Dutch Reformed Church Doringkloof
10:30    Conclusion - packing away of chairs
10:45    Unveiling of the Covenant commemoration stones (to the right just after the assegai gates
11:00    VTM main gates open for general public (normal entrance fees apply)
12:00    Observe the sun shining on the Cenotaph

Guests are cordially requested to arrive early so that they may take their seats in the Monument from 08:00. The doors of the Monument will be closed as soon as the monument is full and late arrivals will be accommodated in tents around the Monument. People who prefer sitting outside may also bring their own folding chairs. The service will be broadcast on speakers outside the Monument.

Wheelchairs and helpers will be available on request in the parking area to transport physically impaired persons to the Monument. The service is presented by die Board of Directors of the Voortrekker Monument in conjunction with Die Voortrekkers.

Enquiries regarding the day's activities may be directed to Annatjie at 012 326 6770 or ontvangs@voortrekkermon.org.za. The Managing Director of the Monument, Mrs Sonja Lombard will be available to the media in front of the woman en children statue at 11:00 after the service, or alternatively at the main entrance to the Monument before the service.

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

See what hot entertainment is on in the city

Meetings Africa 2013, 18-21 February 2013, Johannesburg

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

Indaba 2013, 11 - 14 May 2013, Durban

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