NEWSLETTER - 30 January 2015

Welcome to our new members

We warmly welcome our new members:

We hope you benefit greatly from joining the TTA family!

Members meeting feedback and presentations

A very successful members meeting was held at the Hotel 224 on 22 January 2015.

Presentations were given by CATHSETA and TBCSA on the Tourism Safety Initiative and copies of the presentations are available for download.

An overview of the status of the GTA Visitor Information System project was also discussed. We thank the Hotel 224 for sponsoring the venue and excellent catering for the event.

Morning Star Express Hotel upgrades

The Morning Star Express Hotel is excited to announce that they have commenced with the long anticipated revamp and extension of the kitchen and restaurant that will see the aforementioned facilities double in capacity.

The Hotel has also identified that an additional lift is required and will therefore be installing a beautiful panoramic lift to the front of the building to complement their already impressive facilities.

Power of One Roadshow to visit Tshwane

South African Tourism (SAT) will embark on a series of nationwide road shows to meet operators in the market and the TTA has arranged for the roadshow to visit Tshwane on 19 March 2015.

The Power of One Roadshow is a collaborative effort between SAT and its key partners including, Tourism Marketing South Africa (TOMSA), the Tourism Grading Council of SA and the Lilizela Tourism Awards, and gives the tourism industry the opportunity to engage directly with them. These roadshows that have been held for the past 3 years, have attracted some 3 000 stakeholders. It is a premium industry event not to be missed.

For more information, visit www.powerof1.co.za

Dinokeng Self Drive Route opens

The Dinokeng Self Drive Route has opened! Visitors to the city are now able to drive through the reserve themselves, or with the tour operator, on the demarcated route after purchasing a permit, to enjoy the big 5 game experience that is Dinokeng in our City!

View more information on the route and photographs of the animals seen on the route.

Chinese Embassy – National Zoological Gardens Collaboration

At a ceremony held at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (NZG), the Embassy of the People's Republic of China made a donation of R100 000 to the zoo.

This donation will be utilised to support the NZG's rhinos, which were adopted by the Embassy as well as contributing to the operations of the zoo.

"The Chinese Embassy is proud to enter into cooperation with the NZG in order to help our South African friends protect wildlife. We hope our humble efforts will encourage others to join in this cause." said Mr Yang Yirui, the Embassy's Chargé d'affaires.

He further added that the Embassy had chosen an ancient Chinese proverb stating that Nature and Man should be in Harmony and he hoped that this donation would go a small way in achieving this. The Managing Director of the NZG, Dr Clifford Nxomani said that the NZG receives 600 000 visitors annually and it has a mandate of educating the general public on biodiversity matters. "We hope that the general public who visit our zoo will realise that China is not the major market for rhino horn". He further mentioned that the NZG, with the support of the Embassy, would be developing educational resources that could be used by the various Chinese zoos on African biodiversity.

The event was attended by more than 100 people, including government officials, scientists, and members of the wildlife protection community. Fifty Chinese and South African students were invited to join in the event in order to help enhance the awareness of wildlife protection for the younger generation.

To date, almost 1 000 rhinos have been slaughtered for the rhino horn trade. There is not only one solution to end the pandemic and education and awareness are just another resource to address this problem. Having correctly informed citizenry is also crucial.

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

See what hot entertainment is on in the city
Read the latest edition of the National Zoological Garden's online newsletter
IIPT Interactive World Symposium, 16-19 February 2015, Johannesburg
Meetings Africa 2015, 23-25 February 2015, Johannesburg
IBTM Africa, 13-15 April 2015, Cape Town
International Luxury Travel Market Africa, 13-15 April 2015, Cape Town
World Travel Market Africa, 15-17 April 2015, Cape Town

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