NEWSLETTER - 26 May 2017

Welcome to new members

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to new TTA members:
Sheerwalk Conference & Leisure Centre | Adventure Zone Africa | Irene Village Mall | LM in the East | Pretoria Colouring Book & Fun Facts | Rozenhof Guest House Zebra Country Lodge

Facilitate Collaboration – click here to access a list of 226 fellow TTA members and contact Sithembile for their details should you wish to liaise with fellow members to explore collaborative business opportunities. Opportunities for member networking will be coming up at the TTA AGM on 13 June 2017 and at the Tshwane Tourism Showcase to be held on 23 January 2018 with other events inbetween.

Indaba feedback

The Tshwane Tourism Association had a successful Indaba 2017 presented on the TTA stand together with 5 participating members.

The leads list generated by Sithembile through her meetings on the stand with buyers will be distributed to members soon – keep an eye out for that mail!

Continuing education is key

The Attractions Africa conference is taking place at the Pretoria Zoo on 7 & 8 June 2017 and with 77 attraction and tourism professionals from around the country already registered and a rich educational program on offer attendance at this conference is guaranteed to ensure an inspiring and informative experience. Click here for a last chance to register to attend this informative conference.

If you cater for special dietary requirements and host meeting or special event groups then you do not want to miss the international speaker presenting a Masterclass on these topics right here in our city – click here for a last chance to register for the Masterclass on catering to food allergic guests and the life of a Banqueting Event Order. TTA members receive a special discounted registration rate of only R500 per person.

Brand et al hosts free-to-attend seminars and information on these has been shared with TTA members, herewith feedback from one of our members who regularly attends these seminars: "A big thank you to TTA for sharing the seminars that Brand et al hosts. Often our daily job duties put us in a rut, this is especially true for those who work alone. The seminar I attended was a much needed morale injection. It offered an opportunity to interact with industry peers and reminded me of exciting creative opportunities that I tend to miss. The seminar also awakened in me a passion for my work and the realisation that I definitely need to deliver on my work objectives efficiently." – Refilwe Nchebisang – Marketing Coordinator, CSIR ICC. For more information on the Brand et al seminars please contact secretary@tshwanetourism.com.

Applications are invited for CATHSSETA Discretionary Grants

The Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) has invited discretionary grant applications from stakeholders who fall within the scope of the Seta.

The application procedure and related information, together with the online application portal, can be accessed by going to www.cathsseta.org.za. Download the application information as published in the Government Gazette.

Welcome South Africa Tourist Toolkit for Trade

This toolkit will assist you in making your guest's day, every day. It will empower you with the tools you need to improve your level of service, and make sure that your guests have the best possible experience in South Africa, and your establishment. This will ensure they have a special, meaningful holiday. Hopefully they will want to return, and recommend you (and South Africa) to their friends.

Click here to open and use the toolkit.

Online digital marketing library

South African Tourism has built a new digital asset library, to create a platform that will help stakeholders with marketing collateral, crucial to marketing the destination. The digital asset library will give access to real information that could possibly excite people about the country, accompanied by images, footage and marketing collateral, in the hopes of promoting South Africa as a must-visit destination.

The platform allows you to download identified digital elements in high resolution at no cost. The library is a simple, easy-to-use interface, allowing anyone to search, based on keywords, themes, locations and experiences. Simply type in a search phrase based on your needs and all related assets will appear. Once selected, the user may view the relevant technical information, including dimensions, formats, resolution, file size, keywords, metadata and keywords. Once the relevant download icon has been selected, the user is ready to go. The library does not require users to create an account. The library will also give users access to predesigned marketing collateral for partnership support, by allowing co-branding options for various partners.

Access the South African Tourism digital asset library.

Industry stalwart receives international recognition

Prof Ernie Heath, a long-time friend and associate of the TTA, has received the Best Teacher Award for 2015/2016 in the International Tourism Management MBA Programme at the International Graduate Centre, Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, Germany, where he was a visiting professor. What makes this award special is that the International Tourism Management MBA Programme attracts students from around the world, with lecturers from Germany, Spain, Mexico, Denmark, USA and Britain.

Prof Heath retired at the end of January 2016 after spending 20 fruitful years in UP's Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Since his retirement, he has been supervising postgraduate students and been involved in a wide spectrum of tourism-related initiatives, including the development of an events strategy for Tshwane, facilitating a tourism capacity-building programme for public and private sector stakeholders in Zimbabwe, and chairing a two-day conference with the theme 'Attractions management in Southern Africa 2016'. He was also invited by the South African government to be a peer reviewer in the tourism component of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for Shale Gas Development in South Africa and appointed by the Minister of Tourism to be a member of the review panel for the National Tourism Sector Strategy.

During March 2016, he had the privilege of completing his 21st Cape Town Cycle Tour (formerly the Cape Argus), and so-doing became a member of the exclusive Club 21. Regarding the future, he looks forward to continue supervising postgraduate students; following his passion to assist with capacity-building and the promotion of tourism in small towns and rural areas throughout South Africa; and of course, spending more time with his grandchildren.

According to Prof Heath, "I truly have great memories of my time at Tukkies and miss the engagement with the students and colleagues, but the reality is that life's a journey and our challenge is to look forward and embrace and enjoy the next phases of the journey".

- Author Department of Business Management, UP

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 AGM, 13 June 2017, Tshwane
SAACI 31st Annual Congress, 4-6 June 2017, Pretoria
Attractions Africa 2017, 7-8 June 2017, Tshwane

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