NEWSLETTER - 13 February 2013

Meetings Africa 2013

The Tshwane Tourism Association has coordinated and will be managing an association stand with members who opted to participate at Meetings Africa 2013. Meetings Africa is business tourism marketing platform which aims to expose local and international buyers to the range of Services and products in Southern Africa's MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conference, and Exhibitions) industry. The exhibition takes place on 19 & 20 February 2013 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The following members are participating at Meetings Africa 2013

  • Arcadia Hotel
  • Hotel 224
  • SANBI- Pretoria National botanical Garden
  • Ditsong museums of South Africa
  • National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

Come and visit our stand, stand 110, register online at www.meetingsafrica.co.za or at the door!

Tshwane Open, 28 February - 3 March 2013, Centurion

We hope you are as excited as we are about the upcoming golf spectacle in Tshwane, The Tshwane Open! This highly anticipated international sporting event will feature a total of 156 international and local professional golfers participating in the tournament. The Tshwane Open forms part of the 2013 Sunshine Tour and is co-sanctioned with the European Tour. The Sunshine Tour represents the highest level of competition for male professional golfers in Southern Africa.

The Els Club at Copperleaf will be the host venue for this prestigious event - a premier course designed by Ernie Els using the natural topography of the area to create a course that is challenging and enjoyable for golfers of all levels. It is the second ‘Signature' golf course by Ernie Els in South Africa. The spectacular course has been designed to the highest possible standards and USGA Specifications.

"In the past few decades, golf has become a sport that transcends the boundaries of race, gender, age and even economics," Tshwane City Manager Jason Ngobeni told Pretoria News.

The City is set to capitalise on this event, with a number of exciting events planned to take place during the tournament Tshwane is sure to be noticed. A number of activities have already begun in the city to promote this event, including putting green at Menlyn Mall over the weekends, TV & Radio Ads and competitions.

More information can be found on their website or Facebook page.

Lotus car show at the Pretoria Botanical Garden - Lotuses in the Garden

The Lotus Register of South Africa, in collaboration with the Pretoria National Botanical Garden and the Milkplum Café, will hold a display of Lotus sports and racing cars at the Pretoria Botanical Garden on Sunday 24 February 2013, from 09.00.

On show will be classic Lotus sports cars from the 1960s and 1970s, as well as more modern Lotus models. Visitors will have the opportunity to see early model cars from 40 years ago alongside the latest version of the same model.

Racing cars from the Lotus Challenge racing series will also be seen, along with historic racing models. Spectators will have the opportunity to see some unique models such as the only Lotus 340R in South Africa and a modern Lotus 2-11.

Members of the public are invited to view the cars on display. The show will include a concours d'elegance, where cars are judged by a panel of experts for the best turned out examples.

Breakfast and refreshments will be on sale at the Milkplum Café, which is situated in the Gardens.

Tshwane's first Gourmet Burger and Craft Beer Bar opens

The city's 1st proper Gourmet Burger and Craft Beer bar has finally opened. With a top chef applying her considerable skills to developing the best burgers in town expect some fireworks. The new facility is downstairs from the award winning De Kloof restaurant at the Waterkloof Golf Club and is complimented by sweeping views, free parking, an award winning wine list and huge selection of Craft beers.

Check out the new menu and weep - and yes, the now famous Wagyu burger is back at the bar. In Mario's words in a recent review: I have never enjoyed a meal as much as I did that burger. If ever there was a contender for the perfect gourmet burger, De Kloof's Wagyu beef would take the crown."

But wait, that's not all! Come now and you can also sample Naked Mexican, Boston Premium Lager and Van Hunks Pumpkin Ale ON TAP. That's right folks, a Boston Lager draught for only R23. Yikes I hear you say? "Are they crazy" I hear you ask. Yep, we're fanatical about drinking REAL beer. But enough of the infomercial speak; these new beers by Master brewer Chris Barnard are good enough to get you serious about real beer!

Announcement of HPC plan for 2016 and beyond...

Toby Sutcliffe, CEO of the HPC at the University of Pretoria, hosted a few media houses last week for breakfast to inform them on the proposed plans that the hpc have for the next Olympic cycle which included the announcing of the hpc sponsored athletes.

Toby expressed great Thanks for the support given in the year 2012, to everyone involved and the sponsored athletes for their hard work. You can read his speech.

The sponsored, hpc "ROAD TO RIO ATHLETES" are:
Jacques de Swardt (Athletics), Charne Bosman (Athletics), Willem de Beer (Athletics), Cornel Fredericks (Athletics), LJ van Zyl (Athletics), Wenda Theron (Athletics), Stephanie Wicksell (Athletics), Caster Semenya (Athletics), Khotso Mokoena (Athletics), Craig Canham (Athletics), Albert Janki (Athletics), Petunia Ndyombo (Athletics), Duwayne Boer (Athletics), Reabetswe Moloi (Athletics), Jubilant Mothlhake (Athletics), Ntokozo Sabelo (Athletics), Thando Roto (Athletics), Jacob Tseko (Athletics), Bridgitte Hartley (Canoe), Magda Kruger (Golf), Kim Williams (Golf), Zander Lombard (Golf), DJ le Grange(Judo), Vaughan du Preez (Judo), Jacques van Zyl (Judo), Dale Whittaker (Judo), Zack Piontek (Judo), Christiaan Boshoff (Judo), Geronay Whitebooi (Judo), Matthew Chase (Judo), Philip Buys Mountain (Bike), Marc Mundell Race (Walking), David Hunt (Rowing), Kate Johnstone (Rowing), Lawrence Brittian (Rowing), Shaun Keeling (Rowing), James Thompson (Rowing), John Smith (Rowing), Lawrence Ndlovu (Rowing), Lee-Ann Persse (Rowing), Matthew Brittian (Rowing), Naydene Smith (Rowing), Michael Voerman (Rowing), Lloyd Bemelman (Rowing), Darren Murray (Swimming), Karin Prinsloo (Swimming), Suzaan van Biljon (Swimming), Emily Gray (Swimming), Caydon Muller (Swimming), Rita Naude (Swimming), Vanessa Mohr (Swimming), Marlies Ross (Swimming), Nico Meyer (Swimming), 57 David de Villiers (Swimming), Carlyn Fischer (Triathlon), Rudolf Naude' (Triathlon), Wikus Weber (Triathlon), Wian Sullwald (Triathlon).

Invitation to the Local Government Tourism Conference

The National Department of Tourism (NDT) will be hosting a Local Government Tourism Conference on 26 - 27 February 2013 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Gauteng. The conference seeks to provide a platform for dialogue amongst public and private sector tourism stakeholders, including leadership to engage, share information on tourism developments and challenges at local government.

The proposed theme for the conference is Tourism Development: Why Local Government Matters". The objectives of the conference will be to:

  • Communicate national tourism policies and strategies and how they impact on local government;
  • Strategise on how best to empower and capacitate local government to integrate national strategic issues into their planning;
  • Deliberate on how best to capacitate and support Local Government to deliver the tourism mandate; Emphasise and clarify the role of local government in the tourism value chain;
  • Launch the Local Government Tourism Development and Growth Support Programme;
  • Clarify the roles of all spheres in tourism development, particularly local government;
  • Share best practices of tourism models in order to demystify the perceived unimportance of tourism at local government.

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

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Read the latest Zoo e-News

Valentine's Day at the Zoo!, 14 February 2013, Pretoria

Travel Expo, 16 - 17 February 2013, Coca Cola Dome

Meetings Africa 2013, 18 - 21 February 2013, Johannesburg

Sports and Racing Car Show (Concours d'elegance), 24 February 2013, Pretoria National Botanical Gardens

Local Government Tourism Conference, 26 - 27 February 2013, Sandton Convention Centre

The Tshwane Open, 28 February - 3 March 2013, The Els Club Copperleaf Centurion

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

Hotel Investment Conference Africa (HICA), 9 - 10 May 2013, Durban

Indaba 2013, 11 - 14 May 2013, Durban

Coffee & Chocolate Expo, 19 - 21 July 2013, Turbine Hall, Newtown

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