NEWSLETTER - 7 July 2017

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to a new member

Mopani Lodge Resort – nestled in a tranquil and peaceful environment provides a country feel for ultimate relaxation with accommodation and camp sited to suit every budget.

Mopani Lodge Resort is situated 20km away from the Zambezi off ramp, Pretoria, Gauteng South Africa.

Avitourism – is it for the birds?

Avitourism is a niche tourism market and one in which the tourist undertakes overnight travel outside of his/her usual environment to view birds in their natural habitat. An estimated three million trips are undertaken internationally each year, specifically for birding purposes. South Africa has attractive core birding assets compared to competitor destinations – particularly concerning species diversity, endemism and rarity. The total size of South Africa's current avitourism market is between 21 000 and 40 000 avitourists annually, of which domestic avitourists number between 13 000 and 24 000 per annum. The City of Tshwane is ideally placed to take advantage of this niche market due to the wide variety and diversity of natural habitat and related facilities within the city's boundaries. For more detailed information on avitourism download the Avitourism in South Africa booklet here and to find out more about becoming a birder friendly accredited establishment.

Calling all bird lovers for the Mongena Game Lodge Birding Weekend

The 24th of November 2017 marks 38 years of the National Birding Day. In line with celebrating this day, Mongena Game Lodge offers an incredible weekend with specialised bird talks, birding games and luxury accommodation.

The Birding weekend kicks off from 24 - 26 November 2017. All bird lovers are invited to be part of this spectacular weekend and identify as many species as possible! View more information

Board member portfolios

The 2017/18 TTA Board has held its first meeting and portfolios and responsibilities have been allocated as follows:

  • Chairperson: Bronwen Cadle de Ponte
  • Vice-chairperson: Nico Rowan
  • Treasurer: Paul Duverge
  • Attractions Chapter: Craig Allenby & Thetsh Tshivase
  • Communication & marketing: Lihle Dlamini, Linah Risemathi & Wynand Koekemoer
  • Education Chapter: Charl Smith
  • Guest House Chapter: Susan Marais & Abia Rakoma
  • Hotel Chapter: Nico Rowan & Wynand Koekemoer
  • SMME Development: Abia Rakoma
  • Spa Chapter: Linah Risemathi
  • Tour Operator Chapter: Patrick Konzolo & Mnqobi Mahlangu

View the Board member contact details.

Vote for art and architecture in our city!

The New Javett Arts Centre at the University of Pretoria in Lynnwood Road is one of the buildings entered into the African Architecture Awards. Everyone can now experience what this building will be like by visiting and watching the immersive video.

Cool Capital's urban laboratory is Pretoria and their entry for the Africa Architecture Awards is finally up! They have entered their two publications for the Critical Dialogue Category and you can vote for them.

Vote for your favorite projects - especially those in the Capital. You can vote from a different device every day.

Feedback on the Tourism Business Owners Municipal presentation

The Tshwane Tourism Association (TTA) in collaboration with the City of Tshwane's Group Financial Services held the first Tourism Business Owners Municipal Presentation on 29 June 2017 at the Capital Hotel School.

The presentation aimed to inform business owners on how the City of Tshwane can assist with issues pertaining to business service delivery and municipal account issues. Attendees had an opportunity to interact with the City of Tshwane Officials in a Q&A and get assistance with resolving account and service issues. Attendees were also reminded to make use of the eTshwane portal as the most efficient way to interact with the municipality.

The TTA has undertaken to collect feedback from members on broader service delivery issues and report them to the municipality. If you have municipal matters which require urgent attention please send detailed feedback to to be included in the report.

Business owners are reminded to work through their ward councilors where possible in order to ensure effective service delivery – view the ward councillors contact details.

Call for applications – World Travel Market

The National Department of Tourism, through the International Market Access Support Programme (IMASP), invites eligible tourism enterprises to apply and participate at the South African Tourism pavilion at World Travel Market (WTM) London on 06 – 08 November 2017.

WTM London is the leading global event for the travel industry. It provides a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business under one roof. Download further information.

Advertising opportunity for TTA members on the Mango Juice inflight magazine

Mango Juice Inflight Magazine, a tourism related publication, seeks to persuade you to show case your products and services in the form of advertising, advertorial or editorial, as you seek to improve your volume of sales and capture a bigger market share in the tourism industry of our country South Africa.

View more information and option layout sizes.

Should members book a minimum order of one full page, they qualify for a guaranteed 10%Any order beyond one full page full colour will attract a guaranteed discount of 15% and a contract of one full page placed in our publication for three months and above will a further 25% will be awarded exclusively to your members as a way of attracting them in big numbers to make our publication a bumper edition continuously.

Should you wish to participate, please contact Paul Mugore, Senior Advertising Sales Executive, telephone: 010 822 4627, mobile: +27 082 540 5506, e-mail:

Hospitality sector minimum wage for 2017/2018

The minimum wage for South Africa's vulnerable sector of hospitality has been revised upward with effect from 01 July 2017. The new Hospitality Sectoral Determination which governs minimum wage rate in the sector will be effective until 30 June 2018.

The minimum rate for employers with 10 or less employees will be a monthly wage of R3 193.12 (2016/2017: R2 959.35); a weekly rate of R736.92 (2016/2017: R689.97); and an hourly rate of R16.36 (2016/2017: R15.17).

The new wages for employers with more than 10 employees will be a minimum monthly rate of R3 559.10 (2016/2017: R3 298.52); a weekly rate of R821.34 (2016/2017: R761.25); and an hourly rate of R18.25 (2016/2017: R16.91).

The latest increase was arrived at using the consumer price index of 6.4 percent plus 1.5 percent. The total increase is 7.9 percent.

Issued by the Department of Labour Spokesperson, Teboho Thejane, 082 697 0694

Attractions Africa 2017 delegate comments

Watch our Secretary and some of our members comment on what was unique about the Attractions Africa 2017 conference recently hosted at the National Zoological Gardens in Tshwane supported by the TTA.

Watch the video

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 Tour Operator Chapter, 14 July 2017, Tshwane
Gauteng Getaway Show, 23-25 September 2017, Johannesburg
TTA Hotel Chapter Meeting, 29 September 2017, Tshwane
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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