News Archive January 2014

News In And Around Limpopo

LTA Performs Well During The Festive Periods

Limpopo Tourism Agency is pleased with the festive statistics received dating from the 1st December 2013 -  5th January 2014, Limpopo Wildlife Resorts has recorded a total of  over 53 260 people who went through our gates during this period. We are very pleased and satisfied with the numbers given the unfavorable economic conditions, upgrades and closure of some of the Resorts as a result of floods and aging infrastructure that we experienced in the past year.
The occupancy rate statistics serves as baseline for tourist’s arrivals in Limpopo Province during the 2013 festive season.

The province has recorded an increase of tourists arrivals from 62% in 2012 to 64% in 2013. The percentage of the occupancy rate was provided by the selected tourism accommodation establishments in the province as the departure point for the Tourist Growth Path of the Organizational Marketing Strategy.

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Polokwane Municipality Launches Football Friday

The Polokwane Municipality in Limpopo has launched football Friday. The campaign is aimed at getting people to support the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament.

The Peter Mokaba Stadium is among the four venues that will host the third edition of the tournament. Polokwane municipal spokesperson Tidimalo Chuene says: “We are ready, the pitch has been inspected. We have been given a go-ahead, we are busy with maintenance to support operation of the local organising committee.

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Tourism Boost During Holidays

Tourism in the province picked up during the festive season, a move that pleased the Limpopo Tourism Agency.

“Limpopo Wildlife Resorts recorded a total of 53260 people who went through our gates from December 1 to January 5 this year,” the tourism agency spokesperson, Ntlhekeng Kgatla, said.

The agency said the occupancy rate of selected accommodation establishments has increased from 62% in 2012 to 64% in 2013.

The boost in tourism occurred despite unfavourable economic conditions, closure and upgrades of some resorts due to floods and ageing infrastructure, the agency noted.

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Marula Festival Preparations Start In Earnest

Marula Festival preparations have started in earnest and the team comprising LEDET, Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality, LTA officials and other stakeholders are already engaging to ensure that we host a well organized event.

A joint Communications team already envisages having a media launch of the event on 31 January 2014, but this will be communicated in due course.

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Kruger insists safety procedures are adequate after elephant incident

The Kruger National Park says it cannot be held responsible for the behaviour of tourists who do not follow the park’s safety regulations.

William Mabasa, GM: Communications and Marketing at Kruger National Park, told Tourism Update that visitors to the park were provided with a brochure with general rules, including that people should keep a safe distance from animals.

“If you stick to the rules that we give you, you will be safe,” said Mabasa. He said visitors to the park who go on activities such as walking safaris, are required to sign indemnity forms. However, Mabasa said this was not required for people self-driving the park.

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WTM Africa announces event programme

The line-up of events for World Travel Market Africa includes a responsible tourism programme, sessions presented by the African Business Travel Association and a travel blogger programme.

WTM Africa’s own World Responsible Tourism Programme (WRTP) will form a key component of the education sessions at the show. The programme is put together by Professor Harold Goodwin, organiser of the World Travel Market WRTP in London and will include a pan-African cast of speakers covering core responsible tourism issues affecting the African continent.

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SANParks opens bookings for summer season

Bookings for the December 2014 to January 2015 period in various national parks under SANParks’ management will open on Thursday, January 16, from 07h30.

SANParks GM: Sales and Marketing, Bheki Zwane, said the reason for opening both months at the same time was to make it easy to book accommodation and activities well in advance and allow people to plan their itinerary into the new year with just one booking. This is unlike previous years, where they had to book separately for December and January.

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Tourism performs well, shows positive outlook for 2014

The tourism sector in South Africa performed almost on a par with expectations for the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the Tourism Business Index (TBI).

The TBI Q4 results recorded a performance of 114.6 index points compared with an expected 110.8. The industry therefore experienced another good quarter with above-normal performance and consolidated a year in which only one quarter, Q2, experienced marginally below-normal performance at 98.

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