NEWSLETTER - 13 November 2015

Amendments to Immigration Regulations

The Tourism Ministry and minister in the Presidency for planning, monitoring and evaluation, Jeff Radebe recently announced welcome amendments to the immigration regulations.

The new amended regulations can mean only positive results for the South African tourism industry.

View an infographic of the summary of changes.

New benefit for TTA members

The meetings, events and incentive's markets are lucrative markets both in terms of enhancing the knowledge economy and as they provide business opportunities for the entire tourism value chain and surrounding communities. The City of Tshwane is well positioned to benefit from this sector with its numerous conference and meeting venues, accommodation establishments, attractions, tour operators and the like.

From November 2015, TTA members will receive a complimentary copy of Business Events Africa – the leading publication for the South African meetings, events and incentive's market. Access to this publication provides learning opportunities, business linkages as well as a platform from which to market your tourism business.

TTA speaks about heritage tourism on UNISA radio

TTA Board member Thetsh Tshivhase was recently interviewed on UNISA radio on the topic of heritage tourism – well done Thetsh on a great interview!

TTA rounds off 2015 with business assistance, education and training

The last TTA members' meeting for 2015 was held at the unique circular Colosseum Executive Suite Hotel. The meeting was engaging and allowed the presenters to highlight the importance of staff training and development which is an essential element in improving our standing in international trade.

Dumisani Shawe from the Tourism Enterprise Partnership shared valuable benefits of being a TEP member. Travelling Mystery Guest's Renate de Villiers shared her knowledge on the importance of customer service informing the attendees about her business approach in assisting Tourism product owners by offering customer journey evaluations, workshops and training and Charl Smith from The International Hotel School which is the only master licensee for American Hotel and Lodging Education in South Africa presented on the many opportunities that the IHS has to offer.

Further information on TEP benefits has been sent to members and a copy of the presentations is available on the member site.

Capital City's First Instawalk Winner announced at the 012 Rooftop Exhibition

012Central recently held its Rooftop Exhibition to showcase images taken on the city's first Instawalk which was a great success!

The winner for the 012 Instawalk was 29 year architect Msizi Mkhize. Read more...

TTA members are requested to save the date for next Market on Main

012 invite all TTA members to the next market that will be happening at 012central on Saturday, 5 December 2015. Market on Main, which launched in June 2015, is an event-basis market located at 012central, 385 Helen Joseph Street, Pretoria Central. With a focus on regional foods and local design, the market boasts some of Gauteng's finest food vendors, cocktails and craft beers, music and inner city vibes. Members can follow us on Social Media to keep up to date with market news: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Tourism meets Art

Fried Contemporary Gallery proudly hosts two exhibitions for the month of November both running until the 28th of November. In the main exhibition space a joint exhibition by Dylan Graham and Cobus Haupt titled Mirror. For this exhibition the artists present new paintings and sculptures which, as Ingrid Stevens states, "begins with the familiar but reflects, all the time, the strange and defamiliar".

In the Collector's Room, Johan Thom presents a body of work he created at the Nirox Foundation in 2014. The prints, titled 'Prints from the Animal Series' are a series of etchings produced by Thom in collaboration with Diane Victor, Willem Boshoff, David Koloane and Bevan de Wet.

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

See what hot entertainment is on in the city
IBTM World 2015, 17-19 November 2015, Spain
Meetings Africa 2016, 22-24 February 2016, Johannesburg
Indaba 2016, 7-9 May 2016, Durban
Attractions Africa 2016, 8-9 June 2016, Cape Town

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