NEWSLETTER – 27 March 2018

Welcome to new members

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to new TTA members:

Faircity Junction – The Ultimate experience in self-catering accommodation. Contemporary and spacious, Faircity Junction is situated closed to Menlyn in the leafy and upmarket suburb of Menlo Park offering 23 fully-serviced apartments that are airy, filled with light and are perfectly equipped with modern appliances. Shades of grey are tastefully blended to create a calm and peaceful space, with exposed brick wall to add a pop of colour to the living room area. A flat screen LED TV with DSTV and Wi-Fi comes standard, and the bathrooms offer a large shower.

Sentinel Luxury Suite Hotel is situated in the exclusive suburb of Arcadia, in the heart of the Embassy belt. The hotel is within easy access to the city's business sector, as well as a host of fine restaurants, cinemas, shops, well known hospitals, clinics and universities.

Building a destination that delivers

The TTA recently hosted its very successful inaugural Tourism Showcase and Symposium and the event was extensively covered in the media. To read all about it visit page 10 and 11 of the February edition of the Business Events Africa magazine, read about it on Independent On Line and on the Tourism Update. You can also visit the website for photographs of the event.

A major feature of the event was the launch of the association's new website aimed directly at the traveler. Watch this space for exciting developments to this very dynamic and user-friendly website!

Attractions Africa provides continuing education

Attractions Africa is once again taking place in Gauteng making it easy for our attraction owners, managers and staff to attend this enlightening conference.

The 5th Annual Attractions Africa Conference will be held 6 and 7 June 2018 at Gold Reef City, Johannesburg. The conference is a two-day event especially designed for visitor attraction professionals. The programme comprises of international speakers sharing trends, benchmarks and best practice, as well as local examples of excellence, case studies and white papers presented by local attraction professionals. Most importantly, it's the only educational opportunity for attractions professionals in Africa, and it's the only African platform for attractions professionals to network share and seek solutions together.

Registration is open with special early bird rates available until 16 May 2018. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those who would like to elevate their brand profile in the attractions and tourism space.

The much anticipated Lilizela Tourism Awards entries are open

Known as South Africa's premier Travel and Tourism Awards The Lilizela Tourism Awards are back and will be running for the sixth consecutive year, the awards aim to recognise, while rewarding and celebrating, tourism role-players, the variety of tourism businesses and experiences that South Africa has to offer.

Our tourism products and businesses in Tshwane have plenty to offer and we encourage all products to enter as per their respective award categories.

Visit the website for more information and if you wish to enter.

The National Zoological Gardens of SA welcomes new family members

A young giraffe bull (aged 2 years) can now call the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, in Pretoria, its home after a very successful release into its new zoo enclosure. There he met up with our three-year-old female giraffe, Mimosa.

The introduction ran smoothly and staff will continue to monitor them for at least the next month. The enclosure is currently closed off with shade netting to ensure that the male acclimatises to his new home. It also gives the male and female a chance to get to know each other better.

A giraffe is known to live up to approximately 28 years in the wild and much longer in a zoo habitat where their food is healthier and more frequent and veterinary care is but a call away.

They reach heights of six metres and their necks can measure up to two metres! Found throughout the northern and eastern parts of South Africa, giraffe rest by standing or lying down during the hottest part of the day with their heads held upright. However, giraffe sleep lying down with their heads bending backward against their bodies.

The zoo's female giraffe has been in her enclosure since 2015.

Other additions to Pretoria Zoo's animal collection includes three young Arabian camels. The three males are all one-and-a-half years old. These camels are also known as dromedary camels. These camels can be found in North Africa and the Middle East. No matter the type, camels are usually found in the deserts or prairies.

Do you know how to distinguish a dromedary camel from a Bactrian camel? Just check the shape of their humps – the dromedary camel's hump looks like the letter "D" and the Bactrian camel's hump resembles the letter "B"!

The aquarium at the zoo has also became 250 fish richer with the arrival of various exotic marine fish. Some of the new fish on display include blue tangs (from Finding Dory fame), sea anemones, venomous devilfish, also known as lion fish, and even sting rays.

The avian collection has also become one King Vulture richer. The youngster was received from the zoo's Mokopane Biodiversity Conservation Centre in Limpopo. He has been placed into his enclosure and is doing very well.

Five black-backed vultures, two females and three males, are now also at home at the NZG. This comes after collaboration with raptor conservation group, VulPro, who placed the birds in their care.

"It's always an exciting time for all staff when new animals make their arrival and today was no different. Having unique animals, birds and fish on display ensure that our visitors have a world-class experience. There are several holidays coming up this month, including our Easter extravaganza, and we have so much on offer", says Acting Managing Director, Craig Allenby.

The NZG has been nominated as one of the best tourist attractions in Pretoria and one of the best places to host a picnic. Download images and video of the giraffes arrival as well as visuals of our other new animals.

Centurion Hotel renamed and launches new fun activities

On 21 February 2018 an iconic Tshwane hotel unveiled their new offerings as the renamed Centurion Hotel. Not only does the hotel sport a new name, but it has a new programme and a host of activities geared to delight and entertain day visitors, overnight guests and after work revellers.

Formerly known as the Centurion Lake Hotel, the Centurion Hotel has been a landmark in the leafy Pretoria suburb since 1991, playing host to celebrities, dignitaries, sports heroes, international travellers and the residents of the area. The hotel continues to be a popular destination for those who enjoy good food, and good company, all in a laid-back setting with quality trappings.

"Along with the announcement of our new name, we are thrilled to be able to offer our patrons a wide variety of new entertainment options and activities, extending from our pool area and outdoor terrace right through to our restaurant Bruno's. In fact, Bruno's itself is unveiling a refreshed menu, which we believe coupled with superior service will offer our patrons new gastronomic delicacies as well as a host of daily specials that take affordability into account, but don't compromise on quality," says Raymond Kodisang, General Manager of the Centurion Hotel.

The hotel has created several enticing and lively events which are to become regular fixtures on its calendar. Tuesday evenings kick off with a riveting quiz night, while couples can enjoy each other's company in a pleasant atmosphere while sipping their favourite wines and enjoying a three course meal at the date night special on Wednesdays.

Of course, food takes centre stage at the Centurion Hotel with a scrumptious butcher's grill on Thursdays. Patrons also have the opportunity to enjoy a magnificent Sunday lunch as well as get to wind the weekend down in style with Sunday sundowners.

"We have something for everyone, our pub menu is, of course, always available and is perfect for after work meetings and get-togethers. On Friday nights you can get down and party at our DJ party night and if you fancy watching a bit of sports on a Saturday, join us for their Saturday sports day. You can spend the whole day with us and bring the children – we have a kid's zone where they can play and our glorious pool and outdoor terrace creates the perfect family backdrop," adds Kodisang.

The CSIR ICC scoops another award at MA 2018

The CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC) was awarded the winner of the Meetings Africa Green Stand Award, small stand category, for the second consecutive year. This award recognises the CSIR ICC for including eco-friendly elements on its stand as its effort to preserve the environment and support initiatives for nature conservation.

What stood out on the CSIR ICC exhibition stand was the various plants and herbs that they shared with the show visitors on the last day of the show.

Don't forget to complete the Visitor Information Centre research survey

Kholadi Tlabela works for the National Department of Tourism and is currently registered for a PhD in Tourism Management at the University of Pretoria. His research study focuses on information and knowledge exchange in Visitor Information Centres (VICs) and aims to examine how tourism information and knowledge exchange within VICs can contribute to creating memorable visitor experience and generating socio-economic opportunities for surrounding communities and local tourism business operators.

Participate in the survey by either:

This is an anonymous survey and your name will not appear on the questionnaire. The answers you give will be treated as strictly confidential.

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
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
Attractions Africa Conference, 5–6 June 2018, Gauteng
Hotel Show Africa, 24–26 June 2018, Johannesburg

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