NEWSLETTER - 19 October 2015

Let's create our Bucketlist for Tshwane!

TTA member 3@Marion Guesthouse in Colbyn is passionately patriotic about South Africa and in particular, our beautiful Jacaranda city.

In an effort to create the Ultimate Bucketlist for things to do in Tshwane Susan of 3@Marion has been liaising with local restaurants, historical venues, adventure activities and everything in-between to find out what the ultimate Pretoria bucketlist should include.

The aim of the Bucketlist project is to get locals to be exposed to things they didn't realise they could find just around the corner and for tourists/visitors to see Tshwane as the amazing destination it is. The final Bucketlist will have 94 things to do in the Capital City and will be published at the end of November. Furthermore city newspapers have since heard about the project and will be featuring it.

Fellow TTA members can get involved by sharing a selfie taken at their favourite city venue/activity/attraction/restaurant on the 3@Marion Guesthouse Facebook page and adding the hashtag #pretoriabucketlist.

You can also encourage guests at your establishment to continue sharing selfies on our page, increasing your chances of making the final bucketlist. They have to tag your venue and add the hashtag #pretoriabucketlist to qualify.

Improving tourism product quality in Tshwane through star grading

The City of Tshwane is in the 3rd year of a three-year partnership agreement with the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa with the objective of uplifting the quality and standards of accommodation establishments in Tshwane. To date 242 properties in the City have been graded with assistance from this project and the city is seeking more products who wish to be graded.

The overall objective of this project is to increase the number of tourism establishments within the City of Tshwane that are graded. This project is 100% financially supported by the City of Tshwane through the Economic Development Department: Sector Support and Analysis (SSA).

The City of Tshwane is calling upon tourism establishments in Tshwane to participate in this programme. The following are qualifying criteria for establishments interested to participate in this programme:

  • Tourism accommodation products must be located in Tshwane
  • Preference will be given to products in former townships and establishments owned by youth and women
  • Only one establishment will be graded per owner

For more information please contact TTA Secretary Sithembile on secretary@tshwanetourism.com who will put you in contact with the persons responsible for coordinating the project.

Hospitality learners available to service the tourism industry

The City of Tshwane in partnership with Gauteng Department of Economic Development Ga-Rankuwa Hotel School are currently offering the skills training to unemployed youth within the City of Tshwane. Ga-Rankuwa Hotel School offers the following courses aligned with Culture Arts Tourism Hospitality and Sports Sector Education Training Authority unit standards in Hospitality:

  • Assistant chef
  • Accommodation service (Housekeepers)
  • Food & beverage assistant (Waiters)
  • Hospitality reception skills (Receptionist)
  • Basic baking skills and
  • Basic computer skills

The purpose of these programmes is to equip learners with necessary competencies (knowledge, skills and values or attributes) to enter the job market and where possible create job opportunities

We therefore call upon interested stakeholders in the tourism industry to offer these students the opportunity to conduct work integrated learning (experiential training) in their establishments so that they can gain experience with regards to best practices in the industry.

For more information please contact TTA Secretary Sithembile on secretary@tshwanetourism.com who will put you in contact with the persons responsible for coordinating the project.

Tourism buddies programme

You may remember the call sent out to accommodate learners as part of The Tourism Buddies Programme.

The Tourism Buddies Programme is an experiential hospitality programme targeting the unemployed youth of South Africa as part of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) of the National Department of Tourism (NDT). The programme covers the classroom (30%) and workplace (70%) training leading to the attainment of an accredited full qualification in Accommodation Services and Food and Beverage fields.

The City of Tshwane would like to thank the following establishments for providing workplace training opportunities to the beneficiaries of this programme:

Casablanca - 15 students
Pretoria Manor - 11 students
Premier Hotel - 13 students
Intsingizi Bird Town Lodge & Tours - 6 students
Holiday Inn - 5 students
Angel's Place Boutique Hotel - 3 students
Cullinan Diamond Lodge - 10 students

Free online course on social media in tourism

The TTA Board highly recommends the free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on social media in tourism provided by the ITB Academy. The course "Social Media in Tourism" is for all tourism industry stakeholders: from start-ups to large international corporations. Participants do not require any preliminary knowledge, since the modules build upon one another sequentially.

The educational objectives consist of different components of the most relevant social media issues. People who complete the course should be able to understand developments in social media as well as determine how to make the best use of them.

The modules contain all the information required in order to be able to handle social media capably and professionally. Participants learn fundamental information about the Internet and social media and receive an overview of the different platforms and important tips about proper social media conduct. Storytelling, social commerce and potential legal obstacles will also be addressed.

Participants should plan to spend ca. 3-5 hours of study time per module - the length of each individual module varies. The course can be taken in the space of time from the 1 of October 2015 to 1 of March 2016.

The registration for the course is free. More information and the registration link can be found at www.itb-berlin.com/mooc or www.opencourseworld.de or www.opencourseworld.de/pages/signup.jsf

The chimps are here!

The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa received two chimpanzees from Israel on 8 October 2015. The chimps were received from the Ramat Gan Zoo in Tel Aviv and the Tisch Family Zoo in Jerusalem.

The two male chimps were placed at the National Zoo by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). The chimps form part of EAZA's studbook and were listed as surplus by the respective zoos.

The National Zoo has been in negotiations with the international zoo community in attempts to obtain chimps for its zoo. The zoo has not had chimps for a number of years and has heeded the requests from its visitors to once again home these charismatic primates. It is standard practice for zoos to exchange animals in order to sustain their populations. This practice ensures that animals are not collected from the wild, population genetics are maintained and that surplus animals are placed with institutions that are able to optimally house them.

The arrival of the two chimps is the start of the zoo's attempts to establish its own population of chimps. The two male chimps will be in quarantine for 30 days as required by South African legislation. Following this the carefully managed introduction process will be implemented in their permanent home. This process entails slowly introducing the chimps to each other as they are not familiar with each other and the establishment of a new family takes time. The chimps also need to acclimatise to their new enclosure.

Visitors to our zoo will not be able to view the chimps during their quarantine period but will be able to monitor the introduction process as special cameras have been installed in the enclosure. A video along with other educational resources have also been installed at the enclosure. It is envisaged that visitors should be able to view the chimps from early December 2015.

Regular updates will be posted on the zoo's Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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
Read the latest edition of the Hotel stuff | Green stuff online newsletter
Sports & Events Tourism Exchange, 27-29 October 2015, Pretoria
SAACI Tshwane Chapter Meeting, 29 October 2015, Pretoria
World Travel Market (WTM), 2-5 November 2015, London
IBTM World 2015, 17-19 November 2015, Spain
Attractions Africa 2016, 8-9 June 2016, Cape Town

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