NEWSLETTER - 1 July 2014

Welcome to our new members

The Tshwane Tourism Association welcomes the following new members: 10 Anderson Guest House, 360 Eastwoods Guest House, 40 on Ilkey, A Rose Cottage, Brooklyn Guest Houses, Chateau Vue Guest House, Constantia Guest Lodge, Constantia Manor Guest House, Cornerhouse on Conan, Cornerstone Guest Lodge, De Zoete Inval Guest House, Eagle's Rest Guest House, Elonda B&B, Ely's Bed and Breakfast, First Guesthouse, Foundry Guest Lodge, Guest House Seidel, Glen Marion Guest House, Idol @ 47, Janri Guest House, Jopasso Guest House, Kareebloem Guest House, Kloof B&B, Lala Kamnandi Guest House, Lynwood View Guesthouse, MacGregors Guest House, Maribelle's B&B, Marloot Guest House, Menlyn Guest Lodge, Murray Street 137 Guest House, Opikopi Guest House, Oxnead Guesthouse, Pebble Fountain Guest House, Peter's Guesthouse, Pumulani Lodge, Re Etile Family House B & B, Riverwood Guest House, Sentebale Guest House, Splendido B&B, Take-A-Break SC, TC's on Lynnwood Guest House, Thabiso Guest House, That's It! Guest Home, The Falling Feather Inn, The Pillow and Spoon Guest House, The Ring Self Catering, The Village in Hatfield, The Willows Lodge GH, The Woodpecker Inn, Touraco Guest House, Ula's Guesthouse, Velvet Gardens B&B, Villa Jana Guesthouse, Weavind Place GH, Yarona Guest House B&B & Sable House Country Retreat.

How to apply for your brown tourism signage

Many members have been asking for information on how to obtain brown tourism street signage. We have obtained the process and documents from the City Council for you and you can download them from the website.

TTA Membership Certificates

All fully paid up TTA members should have received their membership certificates via e-mail. If you have not received your certificate please contact secretary@tshwanetourism.com.

Free tourism star grading for guest house owners

In an effort to improve the quality of visitor accommodation in the city, the City of Tshwane Municipality will once again subsidise the grading of qualifying guesthouses. If you are a guest house owner and are interested in putting your name on the list to be graded please send your details to rosemarie@theangelsplace.com. We are in particular looking for properties in the Cullinan and Bronkhorstspruit regions to be graded.

Tourism Minister speaks out on immigration regulations

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says the regulation of immigration matters is the constitutional responsibility of the Department of Home Affairs. However, the National Department of Tourism has received representations from tourism stakeholders on the possible unintended consequences of some of the new provisions.

Industry role players have highlighted two specific provisions, namely the new requirement for an unabridged birth certificate for minors, as well as the provision for in-person collection of biometric data in tourism source markets. Industry stakeholders argue that these measures may impact on the competitiveness of South Africa as a holiday destination in an era where countries are attempting to ease visa requirements to promote tourism.

"Any matter that could have a detrimental impact on international tourist arrivals to South Africa is a concern. The intentions behind the gazetted immigration regulations reflect South Africa's commitment to contributing to global efforts to combat child trafficking," said Minister Hanekom. "The prospect, however, of unforeseen and unintended negative consequences must be taken seriously. Like many other destinations, we have a dual imperative: we have to combat child trafficking by aligning our approach to global efforts, while limiting damage to our competitiveness as a tourism destination."

The National Department of Tourism and industry stakeholders are currently studying global best practice for responding to these broader policy challenges and the practicalities of implementing such measures. Officials from the National Department of Tourism are also engaging in urgent discussions with their counterparts in the Department of Home Affairs to clarify any misperceptions and to find appropriate solutions. Minister Hanekom said he will meet with Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba to follow-up on these discussions if required.

"I want to assure our trade partners and other industry stakeholders that as government, we understand the value of travel and tourism, which has grown so impressively over the last few years. We will carefully consider any negative impacts of well-intentioned measures on international tourist arrivals and the attractiveness of our destination," Minister Hanekom said

Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

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Read the May 2014 edition of the National Zoological Garden's online newsletter.

6th Intl. Conference on Sustainable Tourism, 8-10 July, Croatia

Red Bull X Fighters World Tour, 23 August 2014, Pretoria

Hotel Investment Conference Africa, 14-16 September 2014, Johannesburg

Tribe One Dinokeng Festival, 26-28 September, Cullinan

ITB Asia, 29-31 October, Singapore

World Travel Market (WTM), 3-6 November, UK

UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education (GCE), 2-4 December, Bangkok

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