NEWSLETTER - 25 January 2013

May 2013 bring new successes

On behalf of the Board of the TTA, I would like to wish you all a happy new year. I hope you enjoyed the festive season and are motivated and excited about what the New Year promises.

We look forward to appreciating your support in the coming year. Your great support as member to this association in the past year has been tremendous and has allowed us once again the strength to forge ahead with our mission- to promote Tshwane.

As per each year our Calendar or meeting schedule for 2013 is out and you are encouraged to familiarise yourselves with it. The calendar includes all meetings and other networking session's dates. Please do attend as your inputs are highly valued and necessary to better support growth in our City.

We also give you an opportunity to showcase your product to the members by hosting a TTA event or meeting, we would really like to make use of the 2012 TTA event calendar as a platform to highlight the brilliant tourism products and services in the city and create new ambassadors amongst members.

May 2013 bring new successes.

Kind regards
Vanessa

Come and hear what Gauteng Tourism Authority will be doing for you in 2013!

GTA will be doing a series of presentations at this month's TTA members meeting. Herewith the program and details to RSVP:

Theme:   General update on GTA plans & activities for 2013
Date:   Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Venue:   The blades - view map/directions
Programme:  
14:30   Arrival and registration
15:00   Welcome and introduction of speakers
Franco Jordaan - Tshwane Tourism Association: Chairman
15:15   Nonnie Kubeka - CVB
Tumi Phasha - Research Presentation (stats)
Barba Gaoganediwe - Introduction to AmaGeePee program and how to participate
17:00   Networking and cocktails
RSVP:   Tshwane Tourism Association Secretary, Vanessa Ngwana.

Reminder to register for the SA Tourism road show

South African Tourism has embarked on a series of nationwide road shows to meet traders in the market as well as to enhance understanding of both domestic and international tourism.

The road shows are being held in partnership with the National Department of Tourism (NDT), the Tourism Enterprise Partnership (TEP), the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) and the Tourism Business Council of SA (TBCSA).

"We are hosting a series of workshops aimed at making tourism businesses more profitable, robust and sustainable by putting people first," said SAT CE, Thulani Nzima.

Attendees will be exposed to:

  • Tourism market insights
  • How being star graded provides access to millions of global travellers
  • What support is available to Tourism and Hospitality SMMEs through TEP
  • TOMSA - What is TOMSA and the benefits of being a TOMSA levy collecting member
  • NCB - The National Convention Bureau and its value proposition to the hospitality and tourism industry
  • How an establishment's service excellence contributes to South Africa's positioning as a welcoming nation.

"Domestic tourism, just like foreign tourism arrivals, experiences seasonal swings. These need to be managed and anticipated by the industry for good profit management, cost planning and cash flow," said Nzima.

"I invite everyone to attend our annual briefing sessions because we want to hear from private operators about their views on the tourism sector and the difficulties and opportunities they're facing on a daily basis," concluded Nzima.

Workshops have already been held in Cape Town, Knysna, Durban and Port Elizabeth and the Tshwane date is in March 2013.

Opportunity to promote your product to the German market

TTA is once again facilitating an effort to raise the profile of Tshwane as a destination to the German market with the well established Süd-Afrika magazine, one of the most popular travel magazines in Germany, which will be running a feature on Tshwane in its March 2013 issue.

The important March issue has extra distribution at ITB Berlin.

Süd-Afrika magazine has been motivating German speaking travellers to visit Southern African countries for 17 years already. Journalists are regularly in the country and the magazine is open to work closely together with the South African tourism industry to promote and market the country as well as the products in the German speaking market. The recent tourism statistics have reiterated the value and importance of the German Market, which needs to be nurtured and maintained as the core of our foreign traveller component.

For a standalone advert in the feature contact Sandra Claassen, Marketing Manager SADC, based in Cape Town, (sclaassen@sued-afrika.de or cell 072 632 9967) or to participate in a joint advert with other TTA members please contact Vanessa at secretary@tshwanetourism.com or (012) 841 2594.

Click here for the Media Facts 2013, which gives you a good idea about the upmarket readership, the distribution, the marketing options as well as the major topics for 2013.

Reach for the stars in 2013!

Now that the festive season dust has settled a little, take a few minutes to secure your place in the 2013 Star Guide published by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa - remember the deadline is 22 February and it will be here before you know it!

The elegantly designed Star Guide remains South Africa's only official accommodation guide, and your key to taking advantage of the upswing in tourism bookings. Plus you'll be automatically featured in their popular eGuide - at no extra cost.

Exciting news for our Star Guide members - we're preparing to launch our new App, both for iPad and Android tablets. This will allow us to reach the majority of first world travellers to South Africa who use mobile devices to search for travel related resources. We've creating the app using design elements from the printed Guide, combining a clean, elegant interface with simple usability.

Members news: Voortrekker Monument

The 19th century canon, Susanna, will be fired on Friday, 1 February at 12:00 o'clock at Fort Schanskop on the Voortrekker Monument site as part of this year's 175st celebration of the Great Trek.

The canon was unearthed during renovations at the Cape Town High school in the 1970's and donated to the Voortrekker Monument in 2003.

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

See what hot entertainment is on in the city

Meetings Africa 2013, 18-21 February 2013, Johannesburg

The Power of One Tourism Roadshow, 1 May 2013, Pretoria

Indaba 2013, 11 - 14 May 2013, Durban

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