NEWSLETTER - 4 March 2016

New members

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

Meetings Africa 2016 #Best of Tshwane

The TTA stand at Meetings Africa 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre was an absolute buzz! The TTA stand was beautifully structured, boldly illustrating some of the various product offerings that Tshwane has to offer. The sharing exhibitors ensured that they were fully engaging with the buyers and visitors that were attending, informing and enhancing their knowledge more about the Capital City and what it has to offer. This Trade Show certainly gave an opportunity to enhance business and our hope is to deliver real business to the city from the leads at the show!

TTA had a presence on both its own stand and on the Gauteng Tourism stand and Liz and Sithembile met with buyers and generated a leads list for TTA members. We also thank Rosemarie van Staden & Erika Jekel from the Guest House Chapter for assisting on the stands allowing Liz and Sithembile to take occasional breaks.

The leads list has been mailed to members and so has the proposal for participation in Indaba.

TGCSA engages with TTA's Guesthouse Chapter

The TTA Guest house Chapter recently had its first Guesthouse meeting for 2016, at the Hirsch's Store in Silver Lakes. Darryl Erasmus, new CEO of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA), and Barbara Louw, a Traumatologist, presented at the meeting.

Darryl Erasmus, newly appointed CEO of the Grading Council of SA shared a few of the new developments at the Grading Council with the members. Highlights are that the emphasis is changing from being a police enforcer to being a partner, better communication is a priority, the Grading Council is busy reviewing the criteria to make it more relevant for guest houses specifically, the Grading Council is working towards a new benefit, namely a global online grading system to rate the service of graded establishments and the City of Tshwane and the Grading Council are in their 3rd year partnership of free grading (separate mails have been sent regarding the last chance to sign up for this opportunity).

Barbara Louw, a Traumatologist in private practice gave the members some insight into the effects of trauma (either at the work place or at home) on workers. She explained the difference between a crisis (your balance is disturbed) and trauma (you are wounded), and also provided some guidelines on how to restore your balance: 1. Eat healthy food, 2. Drink enough water, 3. Get some sunshine and fresh air, 4. Sleep in your own bed, and 5. Pray when you are feeling scared (religion and culture irrelevant). Ms Louw works on site for clients and gives guidance on how to handle press relations, and treats all information as confidential. Trauma counselling is now included in B&B Sure's Policies if the trauma is linked to an insured event.

A few lucky people won prizes at the event and everybody enjoyed some social time and refreshments provided by Hirsch's Silver Lakes.

People on the move

Romney Soar has been appointed as Assistant General Manager for the Menlyn Boutique Hotel.

The hotel is an exclusive five star boutique hotel offering top class accommodation, conferencing and fine dining at their restaurant, The Black Bamboo.

Art gallery moves into the 012central precinct

MB Studio Community, an art gallery, was recently launched on Saturday, 27 February 2016.

012central extends an invitation to TTA members to visit the gallery, from Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 17:00.

It is located in Helen Joseph Street (across from the Reserve Bank). Follow them on Facebook.

Fried Contemporary Gallery hosts 'Oblique, The So-Called Fruits of Lives'

Fried Contemporary Gallery proudly hosts 'Oblique, The So-Called Fruits of Lives' by Abrie Fourie during March and April 2016. The project follows the publication of the artists' monograph of the same name, published in 2011 in Berlin, Germany.

Central to Fourie's work is an interest in the sometimes volatile and complex relationship between photography and fiction, and the disjunction between memory and what we as viewers and consumers of photography project onto the medium. The exhibition presented at SMAC foregrounds this concern with the inclusion of an HD Film installation, edited as a series of slow changing slides of all images included in the monograph. Central to this work is a narration by well-known South African actor Marcel van Heerden of a text by the author and theorist Ivan Vladislavić.

A series of mounted and framed photographs have been selected specifically for the exhibition, many editioned for the first time. Fourie's practice can be seen as a catalogue of memories, as an ongoing archive. He explores the familiar and intimate zones of home with the same interest and curiosity as he does the unknown. He states that this approach is 'not so much defining a place, as circling the relationship between spaces, sign and self; it hints at that silent tension between absence and presence, abstraction and reality'.

In addition a series of text works, quotations from Vladislavić's work, are inserted in the project, in the exhibition itself by way of wall texts, and in more public ways, ranging from postcards, leaflets and magazine advertising.

Customer Care Training available again

Gauteng Tourism is once again providing free customer care training for tourism businesses in Tshwane providing we provide the venues.

This year, four training sessions have taken place for 100 people from a variety of tourism businesses in the city and another two sessions will be scheduled soon – watch your mailbox.

Host venues have included Mangwanani Spa and the CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC). Please email Sithembile if you would like to offer a venue to host the training.

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

See what hot entertainment is on in the city
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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