NEWSLETTER - 27 November 2015

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to a new member

Kakunka Travel Solutions
Kakunka Travel Solutions is a Travel Management company that offers the following services:
Travel management advisory services for travel procurement outsourcing.
Organisation of conferences and events including accommodation and transfers.
Tailor-made tour services in Pretoria and surrounding townships including Soweto.
Event management at our own venue in Swartdam situated 25 minutes from The Tswaing crater.

Exciting projects and initiatives discussed at the TTA GMs networking luncheon

GMs, MDs and Directors from the TTA Hotel Chapter managed to avail themselves from their busy schedules to attend the GM's meeting and luncheon at the lovely Menlyn Boutique Hotel.

The session looked at new and interesting projects and initiatives that will assist in enhancing tourism in the Capital City. More information will be communicated in line with TTA's plans for 2016. International Hotel School also presented at the meeting - view their presentation.

'IBTM, a good platform to market!' expresses TTA Board member Mnqobi Mahlangu

The entrance to Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, where IBTM was held

Fira Gran Via foyer for IBTM

Mnqobi at the Ubuhle be Narha desk on the South Africa stand
TTA's Board member and co-owner of Ubuhle be Narha Tours Mnqobi Mahlangu recently travelled to Spain to participate in the South African stand at IBTM, the largest global event for meetings, incentives, conference, events and business industry. Mnqobi had this feedback to share about the exhibition:

"I had a great and educational experience at Barcelona Spain. On the first day of the show it was so busy that I had a meeting almost every hour - thanks to the Sout African National Convention Bureau and Tshwane Convention Bureau! I managed to sell Tshwane and the vast venues and activities it has to offer. A lot of people were interested in Tshwane and I got a number of leads in terms of conference organizers and industry key players. Hopefully soon I will be working with one of them to bring conferences to our city, keeping my fingers crossed! I also had the opportunity to experience the night life of Barcelona on the last day of the conference and had great fun. The people at Barcelona were friendly and very accommodating although there was sometimes a language barrier. All in all I made good contacts and did my best to promote our city and hopefully they come and experience what Tshwane has to offer. IBTM is definitely a good platform to market and get contacts in regards to conference and meeting organizer."

City's 'Green' buses a first in Africa

The Executive Mayor, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, together with the Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, unveiled the first bus in sub-Saharan Africa to be propelled by compressed natural gas (CNG) at the Molefe Makinta Station, Church Square. The A Re Yeng CNG power buses surpass Euro V standards, have much lower gas emissions, are environmentally-friendly, less noisy and offer lower maintenance costs.

The Executive Mayor said "we must develop interventions because we have a responsibility to address issues around climate change and this is our way of contributing". He also said that people are encouraged to transition from private cars to public transport and the modern space is designed for the many.

The 12 m rigid Mercedes-Benz chassis is equipped with an 8.9 litre engine and makes provision for 33 seated and 35 standing passengers. The buses run on compressed natural gas which

  • burns cleaner than diesel;
  • cuts fuel costs by up to 40%;
  • cuts carbon dioxide by 25%;
  • cuts carbon monoxide by 20%;
  • does not produce particulates (ash);
  • cuts nitrogen oxide by up to 90%;
  • is colourless, odourless and non-toxic; and
  • is a renewable source of energy.

The Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport said "part of a programme eco-mobile transport system is to make our cities sustainable and transport contributes to that. We are beginning to translate".

The buses have two wheelchair spaces; if there are no wheelchairs, the drop down seats can be pulled up or down for use by passengers and passengers still get to enjoy the 500 Mb of data per day available on all trunk route buses and stations. Passengers do not have to register in order to use the free Wi-Fi.

Minister of Home Affairs explains the changes that will occur in the next 3 months

In response to the ongoing debate regarding changes to the South African immigration regulations, Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, has released a statement informing South Africa that during the next three months, the following changes will be implemented:

  • Implementation of the capturing of biometrics at ports of entry, starting with a pilot at OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town airports,
  • Looking at introducing an Accredited Tourism Company Programme for countries like China, India and Russia,
  • Considering a long-term Multiple Entry Visa for a period exceeding three months and up to three years for frequent travellers (for business meetings), business people and academics,
  • Ensuring that principals issue letters confirming permission for children to travel on school tours
  • Extending the validity of the parental consent affidavit to six months.

Read the complete article

Freedom Park and Market@theSheds embark on an exciting Christmas venture

The Festive Season in the capital just became more fun, with Market@theSheds going big at one of the city's most beautiful locations, Freedom Park.

This year, shoppers who are looking for something different from the normal stocking filler, can explore local art, design and fashion gifts within a vibey atmosphere of music, food and drink.

Those who have been to Freedom Park, agree that it is one of the most beautiful and underrated attractions in the city. The heritage site, set on 52 hectares on Salvokop Hill (between the Voortrekker Monument and Pretoria Station), overlooks the capital city, offering visitors a panoramic view of Pretoria. The market will be held in the exquisite 2 000-seat amphitheater.

With an array of more than 50 traders, music performances to indulge in, a wonderful crowd of people and tasty gourmet food, visitors won't be disappointed.

In the spirit of the season of giving and in support of World Aids Day, market goers are encouraged to bring a gift for a child orphaned by Aids.

This original and atmospheric CBD market has been showcasing beautiful locations in the city since October 2014. Previous venues include 012Central, Pretoria Zoo, the old Fire Station, Pretoria Country Club and the old Moyo's at Fountains Valley.

The event takes place on Saturday, 28th from 11:00 until 18:00. Entrance is R50 for adults with kids entering FREE.

The market is a project of the Capital Collective, an initiative driving public and private partnerships in aid of inner city rejuvenation.

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

See what hot entertainment is on in the city
Meetings Africa 2016, 22-24 February 2016, Johannesburg
Indaba 2016, 7-9 May 2016, Durban
Attractions Africa 2016, 8-9 June 2016, Cape Town
IBTM 2016, 29 November-1 December 2016, Spain

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