NEWSLETTER - 19 February 2016

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We would like to extend a warm welcome to the new members:

National Zoo to host public lecture on Pangolin Day

All eight species of pangolins in the world are endangered species and face growing extinction in the midst of poaching for the bushmeat and traditional medicinal trades. These enigmatic creatures are also the most trafficked species on the planet.

The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa will be presenting a free public lecture entitled "Scales of injustice: the story of Africa's poor poached pangolins" on World Pangolin Day (20 February 2016).

The lecture will be presented by the co-chairman of the African Pangolin Working Group and Associate Professor in Ecology at the Tshwane University of Technology, Prof Ray Jansen. He also serves as a member of the NZG's Research, Ethics and Scientific Committee. Prof Jansen conducts and supervises a number of pangolin research projects and is intimately involved in the conservation of these animals.

The presentation will centre around the plight of pangolins in the wild and the conservation efforts undertaken to save the species.

When: Saturday, 20 February 2016 (World Pangolin Day)
Time: Lecture starting at 18:30, followed by a bring-and-braai
Where: NZG, Boom Street, City of Tshwane
Cost: Free of charge
Parking: Secure parking is available at the entrance to the Zoo

Bookings are essential. Please contact Piet Seloana on Tel: 012 339 2775 or e-mail: to reserve your spot.

See you next week at Meetings Africa

Meetings Africa is on from 22 to 24 February 2016 next week.

Tshwane Tourism Association is exhibiting with participating members and we also have a place on the Gauteng Tourism Authority stand – a leads list will be circulated to TTA members after the show.

We look forward to seeing you at the show, visit us on stands 228 (TTA) and 91 (GTA).

What is Wikitourism? Information for the industry, by the industry

As you might have noticed in the press, Wikitourism (the one-stop information portal for the tourism industry) is exceeding all targets for visits and search rankings. This success is due to the continual uploading and updating of useful information directed specifically at the tourism industry. Up until now, this information has been sourced from a small group of dedicated contributors, but now Wikitourism is appealing to the entire tourism industry to assist them in growing the website even further.

So what are we looking for?
Just like Wikipedia, Wikitourism is looking for the submission of information that will be freely available for use and reproduction by others. Our guiding principle is to assess whether the information submitted is of generic use to the tourism industry or someone looking to start a tourism business. It is important to note that this is not advertising or listing website, and is not intended for the commercial promotion of any individual or business.

We currently have, amongst others, sections on:

  • All the industry structures including government (all levels), NGOs and Industry Associations
  • Relevant legislation and policy
  • Marketing, including marketing tools, niche markets and research
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Tourism Development
  • Tourism Industry information by Province

These sections include all sorts of research documents, useful contacts, toolkits, articles and the like. One of the great benefits of using Wiki software is that the size of the website is virtually limitless and new topics and pages can easily be added. Suggestions are always welcome. Information is simple to add to existing pages, which can then even be extended out to sub-topics.

How do I contribute?
Wikitourism is specifically structured to manage multiples contributors, who have access to add/edit directly onto the site. This information is then directly accredited to that contributor, who will have his/her own information page which can be used for biographies and further promotion purposes. Assistance is given to all contributors to get started and a handy reference manual has been created. Any information submitted is moderated to ensure its appropriateness.

Alternately, information can be submitted directly to the Wikitourism team via email to the contact details below, where it will be uploaded.

Wikitourism is for everyone's benefit
Wikitourism was initiated by the Tourism Enterprise Partnership (TEP) as an information service to the tourism industry, and is rapidly becoming an indispensable tool for all types of stakeholders. As Des Langkilder of Tourism Tattler puts it, "As an information portal for the tourism industry, by the tourism industry, Wikitourism is a useful resource for media publishers and bloggers looking for tourism-related information, research, acronyms, and commonly used terms and definitions."

For more information, contact

New hotel on the cards for Centurion

Protea Hotels plans to open a new hotel with extensive conferencing amenities in Centurion, according to Chief Operating Officer: Middle East and Africa, of Marriott International, Mark Satterfield.

Satterfield said Marriott International had experienced an increase in demand for conference and meeting facilities from the corporate, group and conference markets and noticed that Centurion was developing as a business and government hub in South Africa. "This trend is reinforced by the popularity of our nearby Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! in Menlyn, which opened last year and already has seen strong performance across these key segments."

Source: Tourism Updated

Morning Star Express Hotel earns its stars

Morning Star Express Hotel, an express hotel in Pretoria recently have been awarded a Three Star grading by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) in the category, Hotels.

The grading comes after a recent focus on developing the facilities and services that the Hotel offers. The grading system is an independent quality assessment that helps travellers know what facilities they can expect at their chosen accommodation or conference venues.

The TGCSA's assessment noted in particular "It is an Express Hotel which excels in Professional, polite and very friendly service", "A vibrant and funky atmosphere; safe and secure environment in the Pretoria CBD area", "The staff are exceptionally courteous and friendly", "Multiple customer feedback mechanisms" and "Excellent unrestricted Wi-Fi throughout the Hotel"

"We're delighted at our new 3 star grading," explained Philip Lategan, General Manager at the Morning Star Express Hotel. "Over the past few years we have invested heavily in upgrading and adding new facilities, as well as refurbishing the Restaurant and adding a panoramic lift, so it's a welcome recognition of our hard work."

Morning Star Express Hotel is know for providing business guests, stop-overs and short stay travellers with comfortable, high quality and affordable accommodation, ideally located near major government departments, hospitals, Pretoria's Magistrate Court, the North Gauteng High Court, and a number of tourist hotspot

For further information, contact Junior Manda on +27 (0)12 442 0600.

012 Website up and running

The website for 012 Central is up and running!

Visit to discover this multi-space precinct in the heart of our capital city.

012central comprises a number of closely situated buildings that enable diverse, rich experiences for people or companies that need a venue for their event. Whatever you can imagine can be brought to life in one of our multipurpose venues.
Gautrain expands to meet passenger demand

Following increasing passenger demand on the Gautrain, the Development Bank of Southern Africa has approved a loan of R3,5 billion (€198 million) for the Gautrain Management Agency to purchase additional rolling stock.

"Current passenger growth has been consistent in the peak periods and if the current patronage in the peak periods is not addressed, capacity will become more constrained," Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Dr Ismail Vadi said at a media briefing outlining the business case for the additional train car sets.
Internship opportunity

Urban Econ is seeking an intern on a full time basis to assist the professional team in technical research issues related to tourism.

The person should ideally have a BTech in Tourism with an interest in research and data management.

The person need not have any prior work experience.

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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