NEWSLETTER - 29 May 2015

Tshwane Convention and Visitors Services Bureau head resigns

Linda Ngcipe, head of the Tshwane Convention and Visitors Service (TCVSB) has resigned.

Linda leaves the bureau at end May and we will keep you up to date with news of her replacement as information becomes available.

TTA Member wins International Award

At a glittering function held at IMEX, Frankfurt, Germany on 20 May 2015 the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced the recipient of the 2015 Global Executive of the Year Award as TTA member Pieter Swart, Managing Director Conference Consultancy South Africa (PTY) Ltd.

Swart is a globally respected thought leader, obtaining his CMP in 2006 and is currently the only CMM in Africa. He has directed the planning and management of more than 100 conferences ranging up to 9,000 people and has been involved in more than 400 events as strategic advisor, consultant, project manager or presenter.

The award, presented by Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO, at the IMEX Gala Dinner, celebrates meeting executives who demonstrate a vision, commitment and passion for the advancement and education of the global meetings industry.

"Pieter is the consummate global professional" said Sexton. "He has led conference project assignments in 16 international destinations and secured significant high profile international bids, such as World Summit on Sustainable Development - regarded as one of the most notable and memorable conferences held in Africa. Pieter epitomizes the spirt of this award and I was honoured to recognize his accomplishments."

Swart is a lifelong event management scholar working on the strategic considerations of event psychology and physiology and the application of those in event management. He is the author and lead presenter of basic and strategic event management workshops presented locally and internationally to advance event planning and management competencies through which he demonstrates his commitment to the professionalisation of the industry.

Swart is an International Board Member of the Africa Protocol Officers Association and a member of the Tourism Program Advisory Committee of Department of Tourism at the University of South Africa.

We congratulate Pieter and thank him for flying the South African and Tshwane flag high!

Boost your Sales from the Nordic Countries

TTA member Houston Marketing would like to invite you to join their Spotlight on Africa & Indian Ocean Islands Nordics roadshow from November 24 to 26 2015 – the week after IBTM World Barcelona.

The Nordic countries are a major emerging market for African Countries.

Here are some interesting Facts

  • The four Nordics markets are proving to be very resilient market for South Africa with no significant downturn in numbers in 2014. Close to 100,000 Nordic arrivals into South Africa in 2014.
  • South Africa is the Nordics 5th biggest outbound market –after USA, Thailand, Dubai and Canada.
  • Nordics travellers are big spenders –per capita Nordics travellers are amongst the highest spenders in the world .They spend 90% more on food & accommodation than other European tourists.
  • Marketing & sales people and National Tourism Board's need to consider NORDICS AS A REGION not as 4 Individual countries. As a region Nordics is the third largest European outbound market.

View for more market information and a PowerPoint presentation on the value of the Nordics market, programme, costs etc.

The cost for the Nordic workshop sessions is Euro 2900 plus Euro 585 for three nights optional accommodation.

Congratulations to Freedom Park!

Freedom Park has recently been awarded the 2015 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.

This achievement is a direct result of their consistently great reviews from TripAdvisor travellers.

TripAdvisor is a travel site, enabling travelers to plan and book their trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices.

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

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Read the latest edition of the National Zoological Garden's online newsletter
Attractions Africa, 3-4 June 2015, Cape Town
Sustainability Week, 23-28 June 2015, CSIR Convention Centre
Hospitality Investment Conference Africa, 9-11 September 2015, Johannesburg
Red Bull X Fighters World Tour, 12 September 2015, Pretoria
World Travel Market (WTM), 2-5 November 2015, London

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