NEWSLETTER - 11 June 2013

Süd Afrika magazine features Tshwane once more

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International conference coming to Dinokeng

Proving that Tshwane has the most attractive, and, importantly, subject-relevant locations for international conferences, the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (NZG) is proud to host an unusual conference for animal behaviourists, where knowledge will be gained and shared through personal experience and contextual learning, in the wild African bush.

The 11th International Conference on Environmental Enrichment (ICEE) will be held from 15-18 October 2013 at Dinokeng ('Place of rivers'), the only "Big Five" Game Reserve in Gauteng.

This is the first ICEE conference to be held in a wilderness context, taking the delegates into the realm of the wild where nature will offer solutions and ideas for replication within facilities. The behaviour of animals in zoos will be discussed during a visit to the NZG, while bush tracking experiences are expected to enhance the participants' ability to increase their visitors' understanding of conservation.

With its central theme of Visitor experience through environmental enrichment, considerable attention will be paid to looking at ways of using environmental enrichment to enhance the experience of visitors to the facilities represented at the conference.

"The theme, which forms the basis of this conference will look at how we, as care-givers and animal management professionals, can add to animal welfare through enrichment. At the same time we are offering an educational experience for our wide range of visitors - adults, learners and patrons," says Robynn Ingle-Möller, Environmental Enrichment Coordinator at the NZG. She stresses the fact that environmental enrichment is a valuable component of any husbandry programme, whether in a zoo, a farm or a laboratory.

Hundreds of professionals ranging from veterinarians, veterinary students and technicians to zoo curators, animal keepers and animal behavioural scientists are expected to attend the conference. Need more information? Contact the conference organisers at conference@nzg.ac.za or visit the website to register online.

Professional photographs of city attractions available

Renowned photographer Jeremy Jowell recently visited the city hosted by TTA and took some great pics of some of our city attractions.

If you are interested in purchasing high resolution copies of any of the photographs please contact Jeremy by phone: +27-(0)21-4341617, cellular: +27-(0)83-3775505, email: jeremyj@iafrica.com, or via his web site: www.jjphoto.co.za.

Tshwane shines as the tourism star in Africa at Indaba 2013

Sports, cultural, heritage and business tourism was vigorously promoted as never before in the City of Tshwane, African Capital City of Excellence, said Nomasonto Ndlovu, City of Tshwane's Strategic Executive Director. Addressing local and international tour operators and the media on the sidelines of INDABA 2013, she said the City of Tshwane's time had come to shine as the tourism star in Africa. This is the ninth consecutive year that City of Tshwane has showcased its tourism offerings at INDABA.

INDABA is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the global calendar with the widest variety of tourism products on exhibit. Having retained its position for the second consecutive year as Africa's best travel and tourism show, the event will pave the way for global travel trade opportunities, making it a must-visit event.

Boasting a whole portfolio of current and future plans, the City of Tshwane which is the single largest metropolis in South Africa and third largest city in the world by land mass, drew widespread interest at INDABA 2013 which continues to be a major business platform with the primary aim of stimulating and facilitating tourism trade.

Underpinning the strong "Heritage and Culture" message of INDABA 2013, the City of Tshwane promoted tourism opportunities linked to the Dinokeng Game Reserve, the Union Buildings, the State Theatre, the National Zoological Gardens, Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park.

On 7 September 2013, the Union Buildings will come to life with the roar of motorcycle engines when the world's most prestigious and challenging freestyle motocross competition, the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour, is hosted in the city. The City of Tshwane will be the last stop after Mexico City, Dubai, Glen Helen, Osaka and Madrid. The Red Bull X-Fighters will be an event in a lifetime to witness as the world's best freestyle motocross riders perform gravity-defying, breathtaking tricks in the air above the iconic Union Buildings. This year this famous Sir Herbert Baker architectural landmark celebrates its centenary.

The City of Tshwane also plays host to a variety of other local, national and international sporting events. Some of the more memorable ones have been the Rugby World Cup, Cricket World Cup, All Africa Games, World Tug of War Championships, World Junior Chess Championships and the International Karate Championships.

A R3,5-billion rapid transit system will also play a major role in promoting tourism within the City of Tshwane. A Re Yeng, or Let's Go, is the name of the rapid bus transport system and was chosen following a public participation process. The tagline "Connecting the Capital" is a bold declaration of what the service offers the people of Tshwane and a reminder that the system serves the nation's capital city. "We remain on track and we are confident that the inception phase would be operational by April 2014. "Ridership for the inception phase is likely to ramp up to around 10 000 passengers a day, while the entire system is expected to carry around 127 000 people a day upon completion.

"The high tech public transport solution will get the public, including local and foreign tourists to many interesting heritage sites, entertainment and social spots, restaurants, malls and other places of interest in a safe, comfortable and affordable way," Ndlovu said, adding A Re Yeng would give tourism in the City of Tshwane a major boost.

Ndlovu added that the City of Tshwane's growth and development path was guided by Tshwane 2055, a collective vision of all who live and work in the city.

The proposed vision statement reads: "In 2055, the City of Tshwane is liveable, resilient and inclusive, whose citizens enjoy a high quality of life, have access to social, economic and enhanced political freedoms and where citizens are partners in the development of the African Capital City of excellence."

SATTIC 2013 confirmed for October

The second South African Travel and Tourism Industry Conference (SATTIC) is confirmed to take place in the month of October and will be organised by the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA). The conference will take place in Gauteng at a venue to be announced in due course.

SATTIC is a collaboration between five tourism industry associations affiliated to the Tourism Business Council of South Africa. They are SATSA, the National Accommodation Association of South Africa (NAA-SA), the Association of South African Travel Agents (ASATA), the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA) and the Southern African Vehicle and Leasing Association (SAVRALA).

The main objective of SATTIC is to discuss issues of common purpose in the industry and review progress in the implementation of the National Tourism Sector Strategy.

Following the success of the inaugural conference last year, the date of the conference has been moved to October to avoid conflict with other major industry events and to allow space for all role-players to participate. The conference is mainly targeted at tourism business executives and product owners, however, the organisers are extending an invitation to all stakeholders in the tourism private and public sectors to participate.

The theme for this year's conference is "understanding the value of the traveller" and will focus on the value and needs of the traveller, with a specific focus on how best to serve consumers through the various products and services available.

An RFP (request for proposals) for experienced professional conference organisers to bid for the project has already been published and this will soon be followed by an RFP for suitable venues.

For more information, visit www.sattic.co.za.

SANCB announces new developments

The South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) announced a number of new developments at IMEX 2013 held from May 21-23 in Frankfurt.

Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, SANCB Executive Manager said the SANCB will become the first convention bureau globally to roll out a provincial customer relationship management (CRM) system for the benefit of its regional convention bureaus. The SANCB will be implementing Simpleview, the world's leading CRM system, which will ensure cost-effective bidding among South Africa's convention bureaus.

"This will improve our effectiveness and ensure better coordination in securing future business for the destination, and avoid costly bid-offs," she said.

Kotze-Nhlapo also announced that the SANCB is finalising its subvention policy in preparation for setting up a dedicated subvention fund. The aim of the fund will be to assist business event organisers to plan and organise successful meetings and conferences in South Africa.

Kotze Nhlapo said IMEX 2013 proved to be an excellent platform for lead generation, which will ultimately result in the South African business events industry achieving its 5.3% growth targets over the next seven years.

Department looks to make tourism more accessible to locals

The Tourism Department, in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), has commissioned an audit of underutilised state assets and properties that can be developed into tourist attractions and facilities, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said.

Delivering his department's Budget Vote Speech in the National Assembly, Van Schalkwyk said the department was thinking innovatively of new ways to ensure that more South African families had access to the places inherited as a nation.

He said in order to deliver on the promise of tourism, the department had to create spaces that make the tourism experience and the treasures of our country accessible and affordable to a much greater share of the population.

"It is simply wrong to have state resources stand vacant while there is cropped-up demand in certain market segments.

"Pursuant to this, we have also commissioned a feasibility study for a pilot budget resort chain, which could in some or other way be de-risked through partnership approaches.

"The time has come to remove the final barriers to fully unlock our country's tourism treasures and the intrinsic value of travel for all South Africans, thereby bolstering our contribution to job creation and poverty alleviation," Van Schalkwyk said.

Growing domestic tourism

He said they were working hard to ensure that travel and tourism became attainable for ordinary South Africans, noting that three quarters of all tourists in South Africa were South Africans. Domestic tourists have contributed R101 billion to the country's economy in 2011.

"We are determined to promote and enhance domestic tourism and implement strategies to grow this sector, which is the lifeblood of our tourism industry.

"Last year, we developed and implemented our first ever Domestic Tourism Growth Strategy together with the "Vaya Mzansi" domestic tourism marketing campaign

Source: www.tourism.gov.za

National Slipper Day

Reach for a Dream is having a National Slipper Day in South Africa on 2 August 2013. It is in aid of children that's suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

You can buy a sticker from our Reach for a Dream Pretoria branch and any Hirsch's branch for only R10. If you buy your sticker you can wear your slippers to work/school/anywhere.

For more information contact marnique@reachforadream.org.za or go to www.reachforadream.org.za.

Members news: Voortrekker monument wins top international award

Pretoria, 22 April 2013. The Voortrekker Monument has just been awarded the overall gold winner award at the China Outbound Tourism and Trade Market in Beijing, China. There were 5 categories for achievement, each with a bronze-, silver- and gold award. The ceremony was attended by about 150 tour operators and other prominent role players in the tourism industry, amongst others America, Africa and Europe. The Managing Director of the Monument, Ms Sonja Lombard, received the award in Beijing and had the opportunity to address the representatives.

Nearly 50% of all Chinese visitors to South Africa come to the Monument, which they view as one of their preferred destinations. The fact that Chinese visitors to the Monument has grown with 45% during the last year, was a contributing factor in the Monument receiving the overall winner award at the show in China. Southern Sun was awarded a bronze award in the innovation category.

The Monument website is available in modern Chinese on the Chinese Wide Web, which has more users than the western World Wide Web. The Monument has Chinese guide books and explanatory panels in modern Chinese which makes it easier for them to understand the historical background that lead to the building of the Monument.

This award to the VTM confirms the growing perception that it is a hospitable centre of excellence, both as a heritage institution and as a tourism destination.

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

SAACI Annual Congress & Exhibition, 28 - 30 July 2013, Port Elizabeth

Sports & Events Tourism Exchange Conference & Exhibition, 10 - 13 September 2013, Durban ICC

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