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									Tourism eNews
Quarter 4, December 2007

Dear Tourism partner
As we approach the end of 2007, the Tourism Unit of the dti would like to wish you all an enjoyable and safe festive season. In this final edition for 2007, we provide an overview on progress made during the year with regards to the implementation of the dti's Tourism Sector Development Strategy. We also bring you news of current and recent activities of the unit and profile the South African Women Entrepreneurs' Network (SAWEN).









Based on recent research findings, the dti's tourism unit recently published a booklet on trends in Backpacking and Youth Travel in South Africa. The publication was launched together with Backpacking South Africa at Lebo's Backpackers in Soweto on 28 November 2008. The launch was a successful event which was well attended by industry stakeholders and media. The project also received good media coverage in the trade press and on radio. To get a copy of the booklet please contact Soza Simango at the dti on 012-394 3044 or email

Tourism Sector Development Strategy implementation
Implementation of action programmes in the dti's Tourism Sector Development Strategy is an ongoing process of collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) and other partners. During 2007, work on all programmes continued and good progress has been made to facilitate the sustained growth of the tourism sector. While all programmes are on track, it is worth noting progress made with regards to implementation of the Airlift Strategy. Following the Cabinet's approval of the strategy in 2006, the Strategy Planning Committee has recently agreed on a number of mandates for negotiating future bilateral agreements. These mandates cover the UK, Argentina, Korea, Brazil, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Australia, New Zealand, Angola and Mozambique. Government's recognition of air transport as a critical factor in growing tourism was also highlighted in the theme of this year's National Tourism Conference. At the conference held in Johannesburg in October this year, DEAT and its partners renewed commitments to address the various challenges in air transport for tourism.

Tourism investment news
Since our previous newsletter in September 2007, industry media reported on a number of current and planned capital investment projects in tourism. Some notable examples include:     plans by Arabella Starwood Hotels and Resorts to expand its 5 Star Westin brand in Sandton, Pretoria and Durban. This follows the recent rebranding of the Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel in Cape Town as the Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays; a hotel and conference centre development by Premier Hotels and Resorts along the Esplanade in East London. The new four/ five star Premier Hotel Emonti will have 254 rooms and the attached conference facility will have capacity to accommodate up to 1 400 delegates; development of a five star hotel development comprising 200 rooms on Blouberg beach by Realcor Cape; plans by Hotel and Leisure Investments to develop a R250 million luxury hotel and spa at Hartebeespoort Dam in North West. The proposed development set to open in early 2010 will include 200 suites, 20 family apartments as well as conference, food and beverage and spa components; completion of Sun Internationals R450 million expansion of the Grand West Casino in the Western Cape; completion of the Protea Hotel Group's Protea Hotel Montrose in Harrismith in the Free State. The three star business hotel comprises 24 rooms and cost just over R10 million to build;

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announcement that construction on 10 000 sqm expansion of the Cape Town International Convention Centre is set to commence early in 2008. The R700 milion expansion project will further be linked to a new 350 room hotel; and plans by the Peermont Group to develop a new casino, hotel (80 rooms) and conference facility (400 seater) in Richards Bay as well as a hotel (70 rooms) and conference facility (300 seater) at its Rio Casino in Klerksdorp.

Other news
Other projects in which we are involved and which may be of interest to our readers include:  the dti hosted a tourism and technology workshop championed by the Presidential National Commission on Information Society And Development (PNC on ISAD). The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the formulation of a strategy to accelerate the uptake on Information, Communication Technologies (ICTs) by SMMEs in the tourism sector. The TBCSA successfully hosted the inaugural Hospitality Investment Conference Africa 2007 in Cape Town from 30 September to 2 October 2007. The conference showcased Africa as a viable investment destination and included presentations on recent trends in tourism investment. It also provided opportunity for industry to network with potential domestic and international investors For more information on the conference, please visit Kate Rivett-Carnac and Soza Simango from the dti's tourism joined Backpacking South Africa in hosting a National Pavilion at the World Youth and Student Travel Industry Conference in Istanbul, Turkey from 3-5 October 2007. South Africa also hosted a successful cocktail evening that strengthened the country's position as an attractive youth travel destination. The inaugural South African International Trade and Investment Conference and Exhibition took place at the International Convention Centre in Durban from 29-31 October 2007. Yunus Hoosen from the dti's Investment Promotion unit delivered a presentation on the tourism investment climate in South Africa. For more information, please visit In early November, the dti's Tourism unit participated in a series of workshops hosted by Small Capital on opportunities and assistance for SMEs in the tourism sector. Workshops were held in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. For more information on Small Capital and to download a copies of Small Capital's practical guidebooks for SMEs, please visit The Tourism BEE Charter Council has been renamed to the Tourism Empowerment Council of South Africa (TECSA) and has moved to new offices in Sandton. For more information please visit or the Council on 011-783 3021 A new book titled Managing Tourism In South Africa by Richard George has hit the shelves.





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Profiling the South African Women Entrepreneurs' Network
The establishment of South African Women Entrepreneurs Network (SAWEN) is a reaction to the fact that women entrepreneurs in South Africa continuously face a wide array of obstacles in starting, growing and sustaining their own enterprises. This dti initiative is a networking forum for individuals and organisations that are committed to the promotion and advancement of women entrepreneurs. The key objectives of SAWEN are:      to provide a national vehicle that brings women together and addresses the challenges faced by them; to lobby government, public and private institutions on such issues. However, this is not limited to policy, legislation and/ or proposed legislation affecting either directly or indirectly the trade and commerce activities of women entrepreneurs; to align SAWEN with other bodies or organisations with similar business at both a national and international level, and to leverage the relationships arising out of these alignments for the benefit of its members; to facilitate access to business resources, information and opportunities for South African women entrepreneurs in a way that promotes their effective participation in the global economy; and to profile and affirm women in business leadership positions in both the public and private sectors.

For more information about SAWEN, clink here or visit, follow the link to the dti Group of Institutions, Programmes and click on the link to SAWEN. Alternatively please contact Khutso Sithole on 012-394 1657 or email

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