NEWSLETTER - 15 April 2016

Welcome to new members

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to new TTA member Komali Transport Services.

Komali Transport Services offers shuttle services.

Board Member Double's-up: Mzansi Style

The crew capturing some of the Voortrekkers historic buildings.

Mnqobi giving the crew background on Church Square.
On 24 March 2016 TTA Board member, Mnqobi Mahlangu, of Ubuhle be Narha Tours hosted the crew from a television show called 'Double-up: Mzansi Style' to assist them on filming attractions in the city. Double up is travel show that airs on E-TV on Sundays at 18:30pm. The presenters of the show travel around South Africa showcasing different tourist attractions and the diverse cultures that South Africa has.

TTA was approached by Luna Films International, requesting for the capital city to participate on the travel show and TTA referred them to the City of Tshwane Convention & Visitors Services Bureau to assist who then coordinated the visit. Mnqobi hosted the crew on a city tour, visiting three historical sites in the city including Church Square (Palace of justice), the Voortrekker Monument & Nature Reserve and Freedom Park.

Tune into eTV on 5 June 2016 (Sunday) at 18:30pm to watch the result.

When last did you have a picnic in the park?

Residents and visitors to the city alike should be delighted as Picnics in the Park (PiP) has taken on the challenge of making our public spaces work for us for family events. Lay out your blanket, unroll your butcher paper, unwrap your spread and enjoy a Picnic in the Park!

The "Picnics in the Park" Series is a compilation of twelve themed outdoor events, held annually, aimed at communities and families. Each event is designed to provide a multi-sensory day by utilising the five senses of sight, sound, taste, smell and touch, therefore delivering a more memorable and creative experience for event attendees.

"In a world full of distractions events need to be more creative in its approach and not stick with the status quo. Our senses are the cornerstone of our experiences and by producing events that incorporate sight, sound, smell, taste and touch effectively, the messages conveyed to attendees will be much more memorable and impactful." Leone Amon

Follow them on Facebook to be notified of upcoming events and view the photographs from the recently hosted Mad Hatters Picnic held at Fountains Valley.

Indaba: Growing? Going? Merging? Staying?

There has been a lot said about Indaba in media reports recently and on Thursday SA Tourism hosted a media briefing to deliver the message that they are working to improve the quality of buyers attending the show and have increased the ratio of buyers to exhibitors for this year.

Acting CEO, Sthembiso Dlamini, said that, to date, 22 days ahead of the show, there were over 791 registered exhibitors, with 1 111 buyers registered to attend, including over 500 international buyers. Of these international buyers, 300 are international buyers hosted by SA Tourism. SA Tourism has increased the number of hosted buyers – from roughly 230 in 2013. At the same time, exhibitor numbers are down, with the show having at one stage attracted roughly 1 000 exhibitors but this could be a matter of quality over quantity.

Dlamini said SA Tourism had worked with key associations in order to secure quality buyers. Moreover, she said this year's improved ratio of buyers to exhibitors is something exhibitors have asked for. She added that previously, there had been roughly 300 buyers to roughly 1 000 exhibitors. "In order to increase the number of quality international, regional and local buyers, we have sourced buyers from key markets such as the UK, USA, Germany, France, The Netherlands, India, Japan, China, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa," said Dlamini.

Dlamini emphasised that SA Tourism was aware that it needed to make innovations to the show to stay relevant. She added that the Minister of Tourism had conducted a review of Indaba and of SA Tourism as an agency and that the reviews had raised the need for SA Tourism to engage with its stakeholders. She described the show as one of the top three trade shows internationally, adding that this was a position SA Tourism would work hard to retain.

SA Tourism reiterated that the show is not in decline, they are currently finalising the tender for the running of the show and one of the proposals is to merge Indaba with WTM which we think is a great idea!

Indaba runs from May 7-9 and takes place in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre and Durban Exhibition Centre. Visit the TTA stand where 6 members will be selling the city!

Travel Mystery launches TMG Photos

Travel Mystery Guest recently launched a new blog: TMG Photos. This blog features destination marketing images and destinations. To book for a photo shoot should you require additional marketing content kindly contact Renate Engelbrecht on 082 336 1562 or via email on

View an example from La Vie Lente Urban Farm.

Travelling Mystery Guests also facilitates workshops, specifically Customer Journey Mapping Workshop and workshops on Upselling Professionally.

City Hotel wins Luxury Travel Guide Global Award

Kievits Kroon Country Estate has been named Luxury Retreat of the Year in the 2016 Luxury Travel Guide Global Awards.

The Luxury Travel Awards recognise and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry including the very best hotels, airlines and tour operators.

Kievits Kroon was recognised for having excelled in the hospitality industry in terms of location, facilities and service, against strong competition in the category: Luxury Retreat.

To celebrate Kievits Kroon is offering loyal guests and supporters an exclusive once-off discounted accommodation rate for a limited time only. View more information.

Internship opportunity for 2016/17

The National Department of Tourism is offering 14 Internships within the different units of the Department: The programme includes the following fields:

  • Tourism Management
  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Legal (focus on Contract Management
  • Knowledge and Information Management
  • System Analysis, Design and Management
  • Internal Audit/Risk Management
  • Financial Management (Supply Chain and Operations Management)
  • Development Planning
  • Human Resources Development
  • Community Development
  • Management Services
  • Journalism and Graphic Design

View more information.

International News

Read an International article about the experience of a hosted buyer visiting Tshwane for Meetings Africa to find out what the highlights were and which pre- and post-event tours the buyer participated in.

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

See what hot entertainment is on in the city
Food and Hospitality Africa 2016, 3-5 May 2016, Midrand
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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