NEWSLETTER - 23 June 2017

Executive Mayor, Councillor Solly Msimanga, addresses the TTA Annual General Meeting

TTA members were honoured to be addressed by the Mayor, as Keynote Speaker to the TTA AGM, on 13 June 2017 at the newly launched and stunning Capital Menlyn Maine Hotel. Councillor Msimanga's address allowed members to learn about the Mayor's plans envisioned for Tshwane as they relate to tourism and the audience was impressed with the Mayor's knowledge of the city's tourism offering and position. The Mayor also stressed on the importance of public and private partnership and cohesion in order to reach the goal of growing tourism. He certainly believes that the capital city has potential and that we should sell unique packages that will draw visitors to the city amongst other initiatives! The TTA looks forward to further engagements with the Mayor and his office.

The AGM ended off with the announcement of the new elected TTA Board members for 2017/8. They are:

2017/8 TTA Board

  • Abia Ramoba – Town Lodge Menlo Park
  • Anette Burden – Cosa Toscana
  • Bronwen Cadle de Ponte – CSIR ICC
  • Charl Smith – International Hotel School
  • Craig Allenby – National Zoological Garden of SA
  • Lihle Dlamini – SANBI, Pretoria National Botanical Garden
  • Linah Risemathi – Mangwanai African Day Spa
  • Mnqobi Mahlangu – Ubuhle be Narha Tours
  • Nico Rowan – Manhattan Hotel Pretoria
  • Patrick Konzolo – Zilko Travel & Tours
  • Paul Duverge – Faircity Roodevallei Hotel
  • Susan Marais – 3 @ Marion Guest House
  • Thetsh Tshivhase – Freedom Park
  • Wynand Koekemoer – Sheraton Hotel Pretoria

Highlights from Attractions Africa 2017

For the first time ever, the Attractions Africa Conference graced the Jacaranda City this year at the National Zoological Gardens of SA where delegates met amid the wide array of beautiful animal species found outside the zoo's conference facilities and enjoyed a breath-taking sunset view of the city after an adventurous cable way ride to the highest point of the zoo to enjoy cocktails overlooking the city!

The conference was filled with innovative and amazing content from highly skilled and informative international and local guest speakers, case studies that educated, and lessons on the different and unique ways that can enhance attraction offerings in order to improve visitor experience while raising revenue.

PDF slides from most of the presentations have been uploaded onto the conference website. Please click on the presentation you are interested in to access the content. You can view the 2017 participant list and the conference photos.

Event Masterclass a hit

TTA members who registered were recently privileged to be able to attend a Masterclass on Catering for Food Alergic Guests & The Life of a Banqueting Event Order presented by Tracy Stuckrath of Thrive! Meetings & Events.

The Masterclass was convened by TTA Member Conference Consultancy and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

Application date extended

The Department of Tourism, through the International Market Access Support Programme (IMASP), invites eligible tourism enterprises (that specialise in youth accommodation and travel packages, educational travel and exchange programmes, adventure and activity travel packages as well as volunteer and internship travel) programmes to apply and participate at the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) 2017 to be held in Montreal, Canada from 26-29 September 2017. Closing date for applications is 30 June 2017. View information

Market at the Sheds presents YOUNG AT HEART

Join Market @ the Sheds as they celebrate the beauty of youthful thinking and creativity in commemoration of Youth Month on 24 June 2017! Market @ the Sheds is located at the 012central, a trendy multi-space precinct in Pretoria CBD Central and is a project of Capital Collective – a non-profit organisation driving inner-city rejuvenation and strives to commemorate those who are passionate about what they do! The market is a unique gathering spot, where one can indulge in delicious street foods and craft beers whist innovative designers spread curiously, and upbeat performances from IV4, Warren Garvie and Mali Zulu set the tone for the day!
Date: 24 June 2017
Time: 11:00 – 18:00
Entrance: R30.00 before 13:00 and R50.00 thereafter

The University of Pretoria is offering exciting postgraduate opportunities in tourism

You can enrol now for 2018 – bursaries are also available. The Tourism Management Division offers the following postgraduate degrees: BComHons in Tourism Management, MPhil in Tourism Management (Dissertation - 2 years), MPhil in Tourism Management (Coursework and research article - 1 year), MCom in Tourism Management, DCom in Tourism Management, and PhD in Tourism Management.

View detailed information on the qualifications.

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
Gauteng Getaway Show, 23-25 September 2017, Johannesburg
World Travel Market (WTM), 18-20 April 2018, Cape Town
IBTM Africa, 19-20 April 2018, Cape Town
Africa's Travel Indaba, 8-10 May 2018, Durban

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