NEWSLETTER - 27 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to all in the New Year, I see a lot of us have already settled in. On behalf of the board, I would like to wish you all success of the New Year. We hope you are as motivated and excited about what the New Year promises.

We look forward to your support, participation and input in this year. Please see our meeting schedule for 2014, kindly familiarise yourself with this and please do attend as your inputs are highly valued and necessary to better support growth in our City.

Should you be interested in hosting a future members meeting or have suggestions for speakers you would like to hear or topics you would like discussed please contact Vanessa on

May 2014 bring great success!
Regards, Vanessa Ngwana

2014 Membership

Applications and renewals for 2014 Tshwane Tourism Association membership are open.

If you are applying for the first time, please apply. For those renewing your membership, an invoice will be sent to you shortly and you can contact if you need assistance.

SA Tourism invites trade to annual Asian workshops

SA Tourism will host its Asian Annual Trade Workshops in China, South Korea and Japan from June 23 to July 4.

The workshops will take place as follows:

  • June 23 Hong Kong, China
  • June 24 Chengdu, China
  • June 26 Shenyang, China
  • June 27 Beijing, China
  • June 30 Seoul, South Korea
  • July 2 Osaka, Japan
  • July 4 Tokyo, Japan

Bradley Brouwer, Regional Manager: Asia Pacific, said China, Japan and South Korea were all growing markets to South Africa. "My team and I are looking forward to seeing you all in Asia," said Brouwer. "2014 is the year of the Horse so we expect a very prosperous year."

Source: South Africa Tourism Update

WTM Africa announces event programme

WTM Africa (World Travel Market Africa) has announced the planned line-up of its event programme, which will take place during the inaugural show on Cape Town's International Convention Centre from 2-3 May 2014.

WTM Africa's own World Responsible Tourism Programme (WRTP) will form a key component of the education sessions taking place over the two days of the show. The WRTP will be brought together by industry leader and organiser of the World Travel Market WRTP in London, Professor Harold Goodwin. With a pan-African cast of speakers, Professor Goodwin will compile a series of seminars, addressing core responsible tourism issues, that will offer visitors to WTM Africa the chance to debate, discuss and learn about the latest sustainable tourism initiatives and thinking affecting the African continent.

The African Business Travel Association (ABTA), the only member-led business travel association with a focus on corporate travel in South Africa and the African continent, has also joined WTM Africa as an official education partner. ABTA will be facilitating and presenting sessions covering a broad range of key trends, developments, challenges and opportunities from South Africa and the continent as well as how these destinations can revolutionise the business travel industry on Friday, 2 May.

Saturday, 3 May will see a dedicated session focusing on issues surrounding education within the African travel industry. The session has been organised by local expert Kamilla Swart, Associate Professor from the Department of Tourism and Events Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Swart brings with her an abundance of knowledge from the industry and region with a particular focus on sports and events tourism.

"I am proud to be associated with World Travel Market Africa as it will provide an ideal platform to discuss and debate issues concerning challenges in tourism education on the continent and pave the way for greater collaboration and partnership to capitalise on the continent's booming tourism industry" explains Swart.

WTM Africa has similarly joined forces with Director of Travel Bloggers Unite, Oliver Gradwell, to bring a dedicated travel blogger programme, featuring some of the most influential travel bloggers in Africa offering guidance on how the industry can best utilise this vital marketing resource.

"Travel Bloggers Unite are delighted to be partnering with WTM Africa for their inaugural show in Cape Town" comments Gradwell. "The best practice guidance and insight we offer will give visitors to WTM Africa a competitive edge when working with travel bloggers in the future."

The latest trends in travel technology and the challenges faced within the airline industry will also take centre stage, with leading industry lights providing discussion and insights on these important travel industry issues, as will South Africa's first WTM Vision Conference - WTM Vision - Cape Town, organised by sister event World Travel Market in London. WTM Vision - Cape Town will offer travel executives the chance to hear the latest research on regional-specific trends and insights into what the future for those sectors might be.

WTM Africa Event Manager Polly Magraw said, "Our intention with the WTM Africa event programme is to appeal to a broad spectrum of travel professionals in order to ensure that everyone attending the show can find something of interest. The diverse programme will offer our visitors the best insight into the industry and focus on the exciting future prospects for this emerging region." World Travel Market Africa is part Africa Travel Week, which also includes IBTM Africa and ILTM Africa at The Cape Town International Convention Centre from 28 April- 3 May 2014.

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CSIR International Convention Centre's Winning Streak Continues

CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC) recently won the PMR.Africa Diamond Arrow Award and was voted by Pretoria News readers as the Best Conference Venue in Tshwane.

PMR.Africa awards are indicators of a company's competencies and recognise companies doing most in their sectors to stimulate economic growth and development. The CSIR ICC is the overall winner in its category as the Conference / Convention Centres in the City of Tshwane.

"This is the second year in a row that the Convention Centre is voted as the best Conference Venue in the Tshwane by Pretoria News readers. Such recognition continues to motivate the ICC team to continue its sterling efforts of offering unsurpassed service and product in the industry "says Emily Naidoo, CSIR ICC Sales Manager: New Business.

The CSIR ICC was also recently voted best Conference Venue in Pretoria by Pretoria News readers, for the second consecutive year. The continuous accolades the Centre receives is testimony to the uniquely world class experience the ICC offers its clients.

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