NEWSLETTER - 7 April 2017

Welcome to new members

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to new TTA members:
Brochure Management Gauteng
Hummingbird Property Managers
@ The Rocks Guest House

Guest House Chapter hosts valuable meeting

The Guest House Chapter of the TTA, under the guidance of Susan Marais, recently hosted its second chapter meeting. Valuable information on training was presented by Charl Smith of the International Hotel School and Calvin Van Niekerk, of E-Com marketing, educated the group on how to drastically increase your online bookings and tips on how build a strong online platform – this most valuable presentation will be given again for those who were unable to attend.

We'd like to extend our gratitude to Batter Boys Village for hosting the TTA Guest House Chapter Meeting, the refreshments were delicious! We certainly appreciate their effort and efficiency.

Hotel 224 celebrates three decades in the industry

Established in 1987, The Hotel 224 is proud to be going 30 years strong. Their unwavering commitment to ensure friendly and efficient hospitality while maintaining affordable rates has ensured their mark as a staple in Pretoria's accommodation landscape.

Ever-evolving and adapting, The Hotel 224 offers guests contemporary comfortable interior spaces, elegantly appointed guest rooms, innovative business solutions, superb dining, unique function venues and most recently fully serviced city apartments- ideal for longer term stays. Their uncompromising focus on providing an overall great quality guest experience has kept them on trend with innovations and comforts expected by the discerning traveller.

The Hotel 224's ideal location and shuttle service affords guests effortless access to everything the city has to offer, from world-class shopping destinations and educational institutions to sport stadia and business districts. Hotel 224 guests are also afforded conveniences such as complimentary wireless internet, DSTV bouquet, secure parking, restaurant and gym facilities- to mention a few.

The tastefully fitted double or twin en-suite guest rooms offer both business & leisure traveller stylish comfort with modern amenities. The Serviced Apartments are fully equipped with soft-furnishings and kitchen-ware. A selection of modern city apartments of varied sizes are available including: Bachelor Apartments, 2.5 Bedroom Apartments, 1.5 Bedroom Apartments and 1 Bedroom Apartments.

The Pepper Tree Restaurant offers a contemporary venue that opens directly onto the tranquil outdoor Terrace and Bar. The Terrace provides the perfect setting for a relaxed lunch or evening cocktails, an oasis in the concrete jungle. Ascend to the top of the building and you will find one of the most impressive meeting spaces in Pretoria. Flanked by floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors, the Lion's Den boasts a near 360° view over the city. This sophisticated venue is fully equipped, containing a private bar as well as state-of-the-art conferencing equipment.

The Hotel 224 prides itself in tailor-made conferences. A comprehensive range of equipment exceeding the standard scope can be arranged. Some examples of the offering: data projector, DVD player, complimentary WiFi, PA system, large white screen, flipcharts, notepads and pens, voice recording, roving and lapel microphone as well as transport services and catering. The Hotel 224 also offers free transport within the CBD as well as a free shuttle service to and from the Gautrain Station.

The Hotel 224 is an establishment that aspires to impress you, and it will – your first visit will not be your last.

Watch this space for Tshikwalo's TV debut

The General Manager of Tshwikwalo Lodge, Johagavanna Drescher, gives us a sneak peek on their new and exciting project. "Tshikwalo had Charlize Berg (Singing Actress) and her brother Jaco at the Tshikwalo Lodge for a TV production that will be showcased on TV soon; we can't say much more regarding that until its ready to be seen. The two guests had a picnic where they fed the baby Nyala "David". Charlize and her friend were also treated to a private spa treatment in one of our luxury chalets, their friends and family joined in for a snake show. Lunch was served at the restaurant overlooking a valley in the Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve, with cocktails at the swimming pool, bow shooting and game drive where they saw the elephants and had sun downers at the dam. We closed the night off with a spit braai at the boma area and singing around the boma fire. It was a busy day, but we were very honoured to have them for the day, with their family and friends. Tshikwalo will be on TV soon!

We can't wait to inform you at a later regarding the times and episodes. We also had a special birthday for Joey Drescher who turned 50 and came to Tshikwalo Restaurant to celebrate. We are looking forward to the next chapter that the Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve will bring."

LabourNet gives us insight on the skills development levy

Not too sure why you are paying a Skills Development Levy? Yes, its mandatory and you don't really have a choice in the matter, but do you know where your hard earned money is actually going? Most business owners/business managers would answer 'No', accept that this is a mandatory payment and continue on their daily lives.

Submitting your EMP201 to SARS every month and making the necessary payments is just the beginning of a process that could transform your business.

So what is a Skills Development Levy? It is a levy paid by employers to SARS who pay it over to your particular SETA to encourage employers to train and upskill their employees. Should you train your employees, you are able to claim a portion of this money back from your SETA. It's basically as simple as that. Read the article "Unlocking the Potential of your Skills Development Levy", written by Catherine Shooter, Transformation Key Account Manager at LabourNet.

Time Square Casino opens its doors

1 April 2017 marked the official unveiling of the much anticipated Sun International's Time Square casino.

The Time Square is the first of its kind in Tshwane and will offer a variety of activities in Menlyn. The multi billion rand Casino has been recognized as Africa's second-largest casino and entertainment destination. If uninterrupted gambling whets your appetite then the Time Square Casino awaits!

In addition to the casino, 18 restaurants and bars will be available some of the restaurants are owned by well-known local and international celebrities just to name a few, Guy Fierie opened his Kitchen and Bar SA and our very own J Something, the lead singer from Micasa opened Something's Cooking. Find out more

Feedback from the National Tourism Sector Forum

TTA secretary, Sithembile Nzimande attended the National Stakeholders Tourism (NDT) Forum Meeting on 14 March 2017. Here she shares some of the critical issues the meeting covered.

"The meeting was chaired by Director General (DG), Victor Tharage. In his opening remarks, he informed the attendees on how 2016 regained over million tourists. He stressed the negative impact that the xenophobic attacks have brought to the tourism industry and requested that a session / symposium should be held with relevant stakeholders to discuss how the industry should handle such crises including events such as the OR Tambo International Airport strike, etc. The DG informed all attendees that the NDT was in the process of restructuring and more information will be communicated regarding the new programmes and changes".

Read a summary of the items discussed at the meeting.

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, April 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, 16-18 May 2017, Durban
SAACI 31st Annual Congress, 4-6 June 2017, Pretoria
Attractions Africa 2017, 7-8 June 2017, Tshwane

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