Sept 2015 Newsletter

Southern African Women in Tourism Conference

Published in November

The second annual Southern African Women in Tourism Conference will be held in Malawi from 22 - 25 November 2015. It will be an important platform to obtain feedback from the committee on projects which are being implemented in the region, mapping the way forward with the current and future Women in Tourism projects and provide an opportunity for women in the sector to network.

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Editorial welcome message

Published in RETOSA Information

Welcome to the first edition of RETOSA’s new e-newsletter, RETOSA News! We aim to bring you news from all corners of our beautiful region as well as information on upcoming events and not-to-be-missed tourist opportunities and places.

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Executive Director Welcome

Published in RETOSA Information

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the first issue of RETOSA’s e-newsletter.

Over the last couple of months, RETOSA has experienced a number of transformations we wish to share with you, as we all celebrate nature’s transformation from a winter to spring landscape. Highlights from the past couple of months include:

The successful launch of three steering committees in June.
The 54th annual RETOSA board meeting which took place in Malawi from 29  to 30 July at the beautiful President Walmont Hotel in Lilongwe.
RETOSA’s marketing director, Kwakye Donkor,  attended the UNWTO Regional Conference which was held in in Accra, Ghana from 17 to 19 August.

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Japan Association of Travel Agents Tourism Expo

Published in September

By invitation of the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), RETOSA member states will be attending the second annual “JATA (Japan Association of Travel Agents) Tourism Expo” in Japan, from 24 - 27 September. This expo is hailed at the largest tourism-related event this year and marks our region’s venture into penetrating the lucrative Asian market.

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Lake of Stars Music Festival: Lake Malawi

Published in September

If it is music that sings to your soul, make sure to take in the world-famous Lake of Stars Music Festival which is held on the beautiful shores of Lake Malawi. This year, the festival runs from 25 - 27 September and will once again showcase musical talent from Malawi and other countries of the region.

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Jacarandas in full bloom in Pretoria and Harare

Published in September

From the end of September until the middle of November, the jacaranda trees flower in all their glory and turn the cities of Pretoria and Harare into purple paradise. There are almost 70 000 jacarandas lining many of the streets, parks and suburbs of Pretoria. The jacaranda story began in 1888, when JD Celliers imported two jacaranda trees from Rio de Janeiro. He planted them in the front garden of his home, Myrtle Lodge, in Sunnyside. This property is now part of Sunnyside Primary School at 146 Celliers Street. These trees are still standing and bear a bronze plaque and can be viewed during school hours.

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Strong Southern Africa tourism to flow from weak Rand

Published in RETOSA Information

South Africa’s currency has reached its lowest level since 2001, with the currency falling in recent weeks to over R13 to the US dollar and more than R20 to the British Pound. This is great news for overseas travellers, who will be able to take advantage of a very favourable exchange rate to come on a vacation of a lifetime to South Africa. 

Now, more than ever, Southern Africa offers tremendous value for money and has become one of the greatest vacation values for international travellers. This means marketing opportunities aplenty for the astute marketer. SAA has developed  the “Go See Southern Africa” campaign, to emphasise the great experiences and excellent value that abound for travel to Southern Africa. Fares from various cities in the United States have been lowered to offer even more value, so there is no better time for tourism companies and marketing representatives to market Southern Africa to people overseas.

Southern Africa offers no shortage of vacation options to suit every pocket and taste. Travellers are truly spoilt for choice from hotel and safari lodge accommodation, restaurants offering local and international cuisine, access to the Big Five wildlife and spectacular, breath-taking scenery. The area’s wine regions are noted and respected around the world for producing award-winning vintages, so there is truly something for everyone in this diverse region and no better time than the present to come and visit!

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