NEWSLETTER - 10 October 2016

Welcome to new members

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to new TTA members:
Oarabile Tours
Tshikwalo Game Lodge
IsiZulu Services
AM Milner Guesthouse
TPK3 Holdings
Hominds Tour
Gaabamotho Cultural Village

Simmy Yuter is alive and well and living in Pretoria

Mongena Game Lodge in Dinokeng Game Reserve was honoured this week to host the Pretoria musician Simmy Yuter now 99 years of age. According to Marina Toerien of Mongena, Simmy holds the record for being the oldest game drive guest ever. He was accompanied by his wife Midge and Belgium friends Sann and Gert. Simmy and Midge have been married for 66 years.

In the fifties and sixties Simmy was well known for teaching piano at Simmy Yuter Piano Studios, playing the organ at the Capital Theater and entertaining guests at the Boulevard Hotel.

For more information contact Marina Toerien, Marketing Manager, on 082 9223 442 or email

CSIR International Convention Centre takes aspiring students under its wing

In support of developing young potential, the CSIR International Convention Centre (ICC) has appointed students for a six-month experiential learning programme geared to help them receive their respective national qualifications.

The programme exposes the students to a real-life environment that links the value generated from day-to-day work to organisational impact. The learning experience challenges the students to move beyond their established classroom routines into a professional working zone.

The 2016 intakes are Kagiso Makoe, Princess Buthelezi, Ouma Sithole and Ntombifuthi Buthelezi. These young women are expected to experience and explore, share and reflect process and analyse while they apply their theoretical work into practical scenarios.

Based in various fields within the hospitality industry, the students will get exposure to meeting protocols, implementing marketing campigns, how to engage with clients, plan and implement events, prepare and even cook different dishes.

Bronwen Cadle de Ponte, CSIR ICC General Manager, says, "Our students are encouraged to focus on the essential skills, take risks and learn from their mistakes, because the training is meant to empower them and help them reach their potential. The ICC is a safe place, where they are at ease to enjoy their own personal growth and unlock their own strength.

"We wish them well during their stay with us and believe it will be a mutually beneficial relationship."

Feedback on the TTA Events in Tourism Information Session

TTA held a fruitful and information Tourism Information Session on the 30 September 2016 at the CSIR ICC. The session was an insightful and engaging platform which allowed inputs and suggestions to be shared. The session consisted of presentations from Sugen Pillay, Commercial Director: Thebe Reed Exhibitions. Sugen highlighted the importance and the impact with the benefits of having a conference such as the Sports and Exchange Tourism Exchange (SETE) in the city - the conference will be taking place for the second time in Tshwane. The conference will be hosting 200 - 250 delegates and space is limited. TTA members are offered a 20% discount on the registration fee to participate in the event.

The second speaker to present was Tich Mekhoe – Executive Director: Events Management. Tich presented the Draft Events Strategy for the City, which will be launched soon. The draft strategy reviewed some of the national and local policies that are already used within the industry such as the NDP, NTSS, and 2055 vision in order to align the strategy to convene the same concept and commonality. An email has been sent out to members requesting their input and comments before 14 October 2016, Friday. Please forward any comments and inputs to the strategy to: | Tel: 012 358 4715 | Cell: 072 325 867.

Lastly a proposed tourism logo for the city was presented to those present and feedback given.

Ulysses Tours & Travel is thrilled to announce their two new offices

The Ulysses Tours now have representation (vehicles and personnel) in Hartbeespoort and Cape Town, but all reservations are still done through the Gauteng Office or 012 653 0016.

Furthermore Ulysses Tours will be hosting an event on the Pers Party Bus to the town of Cullinan on 22 October 2016.
Depart: 08:30 from Lynnwood Road, Lynnwood Bridge Mall
Return: 14:00 from Cullinan to be back at 15:00
Cost: R200 pp for adults and children.

People can spend the morning:

  • Going on a tour of the Diamond Mine (+R120 pp).
  • Stroll through the beautiful Jacaranda lined streets
  • Visit the many shops and restaurants – for own account
  • Do beer tasting at the local brewery – for own account
  • Bookings at or 012 653 0016.

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In the Attractions Management space: Attractions Management Blog

General Tourism news: Daily Southern African Tourism Update

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

See what hot entertainment is on in the city
TTA Guest House Chapter Meeting, 13 October 2016, Pretoria
TTA Tour Operator Chapter Meeting, 14 October 2016, Pretoria
Sports & Events Tourism Exchange, 25-27 October 2016, Pretoria
WTM London, 7-9 November 2016, London
IBTM 2016, 29 November-1 December 2016, Spain
AIME, 21-22 February 2017, Australia
Meetings Africa, 28 February - 1 March 2017, Johannesburg
WTM Africa, 19-21 April 2017, Cape Town
IBTM Africa, 19-23 April 2017, Cape Town
Food and Hospitality Africa 2017, 3-5 May 2017, Midrand
Indaba, 6-8 May 2017, Durban
Attractions Africa 2017, Dates to be confirmed, Tshwane
SAACI 31st Annual Congress, 4-6 June 2017, Pretoria

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