NEWSLETTER - 23 March 2017

Welcome to new members

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to new TTA members:
Gladstone Executive Shuttle & Tours
Kuzorora Spa
Albacoxe Inc. Photography
Nkeke's Palace BnB
Labournet Central (Pty) Ltd
Expedia Inc.
Hospitality Service Masters
Seretse Travel Consulting

TTA feedback from Meetings Africa 2017

TTA members selling the Capital City's product offerings
TTA members at the MA 2017
The Tshwane Tourism Association, together with 6 participating members, was amongst the 298 exhibitors that participated at Meetings Africa 2017. The trade show lived up to its title as the Business Lekgotla of Tourism Business, with feedback from most participating members being that the show was worthwhile and that valuable sales leads were generated.

In addition to its own stand the TTA also had a space on the City of Tshwane stand and on the GTA stand and we thank our government partners for this opportunity which allowed us to market members' products from a number of interlinked touch points alongside each other at the exhibition.

The TTA has sent out a leads list from Meetings Africa to members and members can request the contact details for the hot leads from the list that they wish to pursue directly from the TTA office on

Feedback from some of the visitor's to the show was that their experience of Tshwane products at the show was slightly confusing due to the city's products being scattered all over the hall on different stands, the TTA is dedicated to overcoming this and we hope to see all products located in Tshwane sharing a common space at trade shows in the future in order to present a united and impressive front, rather than a fragmented one, when it comes to marketing the city.

The TTA also recently exhibited at the City of Tshwane Mayoral Summit and participated in the tourism panel as part of the congress program.

Attractions Africa - registration now open

Whether you are a park, a gallery, a museum, a place of interest, a pop up event or any other type of facility or happening that attracts visitors then this one is for you! It is the conference addressing the art and science of attractions management and how to benefit from, and enhance your attractions business.

The Attractions Africa conference traditionally happens in Cape Town but this year is is taking place in our very own city in order to make the conference, which is a unique ongoing learning opportunity, more accessible to attractions based in our city.

Register to attend this informative conference.

And read articles such as about the AHA moment he had when Craig Allenby realised our National Zoological Gardens of South Africa was an attraction and other helpful Attractions Management information.

All TTA member attractions will be listed to receive ongoing communication from the conference website.

Would you like to be SA's Specialist

South Africa Tourism and SA Specialist are offering an interactive online programme for two courses: SA Specialist: Essentials and the SA Specialist: Experiences.

The courses aim at improving individual knowledge of South Africa and to enhance the level of service to clients and improve marketing skills and branding.

Should you wish to sign up for a course and get more information, visit the website.

CSIR International Convention Centre scoops a Green Stand Award at MA 2017

In the Medium Stand category for The Green Stand Award at Meetings Africa 2017, the CSIR International Convention Centre gladly received the award for most green stand in the medium size stand category.

The purpose for The Green Stand Awards is to encourage all exhibitors to get a closer look on how their designed stands are built and whether the stand can be utilized again. Modular reusable units and upcycled material such as wood and the incorporation of trees were all considered in the entries. The CSIR ICC stand used energy-efficient lights and minimum print material. Congratulations CSIR ICC!

Lilizela Tourism Awards - entries now open

Tshwane products are encouraged to enter the Lilizela Tourism Awards 2017. Tshwane has plenty to offer and over the years the city has never disappointed! The Lilizela Tourism Awards are an initiative of the National Department of Tourism and are spearheaded by South African Tourism.

South African Tourism Chief Executive Officer Mr Sisa Ntshona said: "The criteria for the awards are constantly being refined, through ongoing consultation and feedback surveys, to ensure that hospitality establishments, venues, service providers and tourism attractions meet industry and traveller requirements. Because of the annual review that will follow each awards ceremony, entries will open in March from this year onwards."

Ntshona said that as a result of the most recent review, sustainability and contribution to inclusive growth have become important considerations in the adjudication process. – Source

Entries for the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards opened on 1 March 2017 and close on 31 May 2017. Visit for more details, or follow @Lilizela_Awards on Twitter.

Sarafina opens in style

Photo: Sanmari Marais
Photo: Sanmari Marais
The South African State Theatre launched the highly anticipated Sarafina Opening Night housed people from all walks of life to support Theatre in South Africa on Friday, 10 March 2017. From celebrities, media personalities, government and business heads to international ambassadors, all showed up in Broadway style. The 'Sarafina' Hashtag even landed a comfortable number five spot on the Twitter trend tally before the show started at 8:00pm. WHAT A NIGHT FOR THEATRE!

The Broadway Hit Musical, is a musical experience with songs performed in the tradition of Mbaqanga, fused with jazz, rhythm and blues and gospel. This proudly South African musical, set during the 1976 uprisings in Soweto deals with the radicalisation of a young school girl who becomes embroiled in the riots and is tortured by the South African Police. The musical is set in the Morris Isaacson High School against the backdrop of students revolting against Afrikaans being used as a medium of instruction. It will be a pleasure to present this work again after we resurrected the original version in 2004 when we celebrated ten years of democracy in South Africa

This show has returned to stage with a new lead actress called Noxolo Dlamini, who is filling the shoes of the former Sarafina, Leleti Khumalo. The 23 year old studied holds a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from the University of Pretoria. She has recently claimed headlines for the lead role she landed.

One of this country's most iconic symbols of the struggle for social and political freedom and justice, Sarafina! Was conceived and directed by Mbongeni Ngema, who also wrote the book, music and lyrics with additional songs by Hugh Masekela. The year 2016 marked 30 years of Sarafina and 40 years of the Soweto student Uprisings. The youth is being encouraged to come and be part of the revival of Sarafina.

Sarafina will continue to play live at State Theatre until 20 May. Daily show schedule is available on computicket with prices starting from R100 to R180.

Executive Mayor's newsletter

Read the 27 February 2017 issue of the Councillor Newsletter by the Office of the Executive Mayor regarding running of the city.

This issue features the Tshwane Open 2017, service and infrastructure, roads and transport, corporate and shared services, finance, 2016/17 adjustment budget, city sustainability, and more.

Recommended reading

In the Accommodation Management space: LittleHotelier Resource Hub
In the Attractions Management space: Attractions Africa
General Tourism news: Tourism Update

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

See what hot entertainment is on in the city
TTA Guest House Chapter Meeting, 27 March 2017, Tshwane
TTA AGM, March 2017, Pretoria
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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