News Archive February 2014

News In And Around Limpopo

Reed unveils hosted buyer programme for Africa Travel Week

Africa Travel Week has announced details of its hosted buyer programme.

The programme creates tailored opportunities for exhibitors to meet with top-level buyers in focused, one-to-one appointments. These buyers are qualified to the three shows making up Africa Travel Week through an accreditation system.

World Travel Market (WTM) Africa’s hosted buyer programme offers 300 senior level travel industry buyers with direct purchasing power the opportunity to attend WTM Africa. These buyers can select appointments with exhibitors prior to the show to enable them to maximise their time at the event.

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Tourism resilience applauded

The  MEC for economic development, Seaparo Sekoati, has applauded the local tourism industry for having remained resilient and unshaken despite the economic downturn and instability.

He said the sector stability was a good sign that the government and private sector, particularly in the tourism sector could do more not only to save jobs for millions of the people, but to continue to grow the economy of the province.

Sekoati and the acting CEO of the Limpopo Tourism Agency, Fixon Hlungwani, on Tuesday embarked on a three-day road show to share challenges, achievements and frustrations that the industry’s role players in the region face.

“What we have to do is to work closely as the government, the private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to improve the standard of tourism in our province.

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Invitation to Indaba 2014

Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Affairs says some of the products made from the indigenous marula fruit are being sold on international markets.

The department is making final preparations for the annual Marula Festival in Phalaborwa this weekend.

The festival is about celebrating the Marula drink and to showcase products made from the fruit.

The department's co-ordinator for the festival, Moses Ngobeni, says six co-operatives that are run by rural women are harvesting the fruit to brew marula beer and producing ointments.

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Limpopo Tourism Agency Leverages On Meetings Africa 2014

The Acting Chief Provincial Conventions Bureau of Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA), Ms. Seipati Tlaka, will lead a delegation to another African Mega gathering to participate in Meetings Africa 2014 billed to take place from the 24 -26 February 2014 at the Sandton Conventions Centre, in Johannesburg. Provincial Conventions Bureau is a newly formed division of LTA focusing on business events and meetings.

Meetings Africa 2014 will kick off with the annual BOND Day (Business Opportunity Networking Day) on Monday, 24 February 2014. BOND Day is designed to provide educational and networking opportunities for the South African business events industry. The day will start with the Event Greening Forum’s 2014 Conference at Meetings Africa. This half-day event will be packed with information on Responsible Tourism, with a specific focus on business events.

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Marula a drawcard

The annual Limpopo Marula Festival started at the weekend in Phalaborwa and will end on Saturday.

Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile has hailed the festival as an excellent catalyst for local economic development.

“The direct and indirect economic benefits created by the festival makes it a perfect fit for our objective of using the arts, culture and heritage to create jobs and grow the economy, Mashatile said.

“This fine festival benefits airlines, car rental companies, tour operators, hotels and lodges, restaurants and retailers as well as communities who gather and brew the marula fruit,” he said .

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A Special Boost For Our Province

Limpopo is hoping that a three-day meeting with international buyers from the tourism industry in Sandton will lead to spin-offs for the province.

Seipati Tlaka of the Conventions Bureau of Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA), is attending the three day meeting which ends on how to improve tourism.

Provincial Conventions Bureau is a newly formed division of LTA focusing on business events and meetings.

The meeting, known as Meetings Africa 2014 kicked off with the annual Business Opportunity Networking Day (Bond Day) on Monday and ends today.

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R10k party for Panjo

Panjo the pet Bengal tiger from Groblersdal, Limpopo, celebrated his fifth birthday in style this week, racking up a bill of over R10,000.

At least 80 people attended the spitbraai affair on Sunday, with some guests staying overnight.

Panjo did not get a birthday cake, but he got to devour three chickens and some beef.

"We sang happy birthday to him, and he was quite happy, but he looked at everyone quite funny," said Justin Fernandes, son of Goosey Fernandes who raised Panjo since he was a three-week-old cub.

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World Travel Market Africa opens registration for the trade

World Travel Market Africa has opened registration for inbound and outbound travel professionals.

WTM Africa will offer attendees sessions featuring senior speakers from the African Business Travel Association, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Digital Tourism Think Tank and Travel Bloggers Unite. The Responsible Tourism Programme, put together by Professor Harold Goodwin, will also form a key component of the sessions.

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