Dear SATSA Member,
Thank you very much indeed for participating
in the three recent surveys that we have asked for your help with.
All the surveys have been important,
and the earlier ones have already been well used. This is the third
and last, for the moment.
This survey is to get direct input from
industry as to your experience of the impact on economic crisis on
As the private sector of tourism (and
under the TBC umbrella), we are lobbying within government to try to
get some special interventions to boost our arrivals for the next two
years or so (his is being done in conjunction with other partners, including
government stakeholders). Encouragingly, the president did mention in
his State of the Nation address that tourism is one of the five industries
that would be looked at.
Unfortunately our industry does not (yet)
have very good stats on its own company performances. We do need this
critical info for finalizing the lobbying documents. We are planning
some future interventions to resolve this lack of regular private sector
data into the future: you see one of these future interventions in the
new quarterly “SA Tourism Update Marketing Index” survey that Now
Media are doing in conjunction with Grant Thornton and SATSA.
More is still to come.
Right now I would appeal
to you to participate in this survey.
The link is - http://www.zoomerang.com/
We are grateful to Now Media for assisting
with the Zoomerang technology platform, and also putting this survey
out Travel Hub yesterday.
Thank you for your assistance.
Southern Africa Tourism Services Association
"SATSA means Business:
Are YOU ready for take-off?"
Our 2009 SATSA National
Conference will be held on the 21 & 22 August, in Cape Town at the
Protea President Hotel. We look forward to seeing you there. Bookings
can be made on-line at www.satsa.com
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In any emergency - AFTER you have called SAPS 10111 & your security provider for emergency support – then notify tsi.
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SATSA is transforming by introducing
SATSA - The Next Generation. An idea conceived late last year and mentioned
in my introductory mail on 27 March 2009.
SATSA Chapter Meetings have always
been focussed on keeping owners and managers informed of industry related
news with a chance to network. SATSA -The Next Generation is aimed at
the employees of SATSA registered companies (although managers and owners
are welcome) and creates a platform where they can participate in exciting
programmes involving tourism industry related topics with great networking
opportunities afterwards. Our meeting focus is to be fun, informative
and participative. The first meeting will be on 18 June 2009 at Theatre
in the District. Please see invitation attached.
The main objectives of SATSA – The
Next Generation is to:
|1) Further expose the tourism industry to employees of tourism related companies||1) Offering exciting presentations by industry leaders at SATSA – The Next Generation Meetings|
|2) Provide a networking platform||2) A chance to meet industry colleagues at SATSA – The Next Generation Meetings|
|3) Showcase our city’s attractions and activities||3) By hosting meetings and parties in various locations that employees would rarely visit|
|4) Share industry information||4) By receiving our SATSA e-newstream|
|5) Be made aware of Skills Development Opportunities||5) Via our Western Cape newsflashes|
|6) Offer industry specials||6) Via our Western Cape newsflashes|
How to get involved: 1 easy
Send us (firstname.lastname@example.org) a list of employees e-mail addresses who
would be interested in participating in SATSA – The Next Generation.
That’s it!!! We will send them the invite. (Or just forward this mail
to staff and let them RSVP.)
We will select 3 e-mail addresses randomly
to “win” an opportunity to present their company for 5 minutes at
the SATSA – The Next Generation Meeting on 18 June 2009.
How much will it cost? It’s
We look forward to getting the Next
Chairperson: SATSA Western Cape Chapter
"SATSA MEANS BUSINESS – POWERING RESPONSIBLE TOURISM FOR 2010 AND BEYOND"
SATSA Congratulates Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk on his appointment as Minister for Tourism in the new Cabinet, and we look forward to working with him again in this important portfolio. We also welcome the new deputy minister – Thozile Xasa (a former local government and housing MEC in Eastern Cape). Good luck and welcome to our world!
The focus of a dedicated Tourism ministry is to be welcomed, as this will put tourism firmly into the economic cluster – with tourism being seen as an economic development tool. It is also great that we have a returning minister (for the first time) – meaning he can hit the ground running. Minister Van Schalkwyk has similar big goals for our destination as we all do – and he has been down the same road as us on a number of key issues, some of which we have resolved, some not yet (e.g. improving air access was a success, but THETA is not yet one, etc.). We do need a visionary to head the ship, as we have some big storms ahead of us. I still believe that the current storms we are all facing will help us restructure to be able to maximize the benefit we derive in the years beyond the crisis up to 2020. We could go big in the next 11 years, and the appointment of the minister – along with the fact that he will now be able to dedicate all his time to tourism and lobbying within cabinet for tourism – is a key piece of the 2020 jigsaw puzzle. Great to have you along minister!
Read more at www.satsa.com
Dear SATSA Member
You are invited
to the SATSA WESTERN CAPE CHAPTER MEETING
Date: Tuesday 26 May 2009
Time: 15:30 – 18:00 (Registration from 15:00)
Venue: One & Only, Waterfront Cape Town
RSVP: email@example.com by no later than Thursday
PLEASE NOTE THAT
SEATING IS LIMITED AND THEREFORE IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU RSVP ASAP.
More information and
agenda to follow shortly
Members are welcome
to display brochures and marketing material. Please remember to
take any leftovers with you after the meeting. Please note that this
is a benefit for SATSA members only. Visitors and those with pending
applications may unfortunately not display.
As usual, we will be
selling raffle tickets at R10 each. Please contact Teresa if you would
like to add your company prizes
SATSA Western Cape Chapter
"SATSA MEANS BUSINESS – POWERING RESPONSIBLE TOURISM FOR 2010 AND BEYOND"
In these very difficult economic times,
South Africa is indeed fortunate to have already secured the 2010 World
Cup to boost our tourism industry. And we have been even more fortunate,
even before the Confederations Cup “dry-run” to have handed to us
on a plate the Indian Premier League Cricket tournament. Not forgetting
the ICC Champions trophy later in the year, as well.
But before we get too cock-a-hoop about all this it is important to reflect just why these Cricket events were moved to South Africa. They came here because we were deemed to be able to host the event with sufficient infrastructure and potential for security. As a destination we have benefited in the past from disasters that have befallen other destinations – one thinks of the Bali bombs, the tsunami in the Pacific, etc. Whilst we should all be both suitably humbled and very relieved that these two new events are going to help our industry in a very difficult year, we also need to work together with each other to ensure that they go off well and we have ZERO security problems. Fans may forgive lapses in food, accommodation, transport and so on, but a major security “blaps” will haunt us for years given the already heightened security concerns with regard to these events, not to mention the impact it will have in the lead up to 2010. SAPS and the other security organizations that have been tasked with keeping 2010 safe have developed a very good and robust plan. The pressure will now be on them to replicate this level of plan for the major sports events and conferences for the rest of this year and next year.
Get it right, and it really will
boost and enhance our reputation as a first class –“can do” -
destination. That would bode very well for the future as we craft a
sustainable industry that can grow through to 2020!! Here’s holding
A bit of additional good news - the
MATCH Advisory Board has been expanded to include myself representing
SATSA, and Mmatsatsi from TBCSA. We will do our best to represent you,
our members, and to make sure our industry scores the best long-term
deal possible. I think it is self-evident that the event has to work,
and be made to work well, for our destination to derive the full benefit.
Read more on www.satsa.co.za