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 Mpumalanga Events

Date
Event
Description
Venue
5 - 6 September 2012
Media Tour
Showcase the less exposed attractions in the province to media and put them on the map.
Dullstroom, Barberton and Waterval Boven
5 September 2012
Media Launch
The official launch of the Mpumalanga Tourism Month programme will take place on the 1st week of September 2012 after SATourism has launched it nationally. MEC N Mokoena will officially launch the Tourism Month. At the launch, MTPA will announce to both the media & trade the activities that have been lined up for the month
 
7 September 2012
Tourism Awareness day
Tourism is everybody’s business, this event aims at creating
Awareness on business opportunities that exist in the sector and how the community can they can benefit from tourism. Learners will be advised on Carrers available in the industry.
 
We will invite Government funding entities to exhibit and share with communitythe services that they offer for those who have interest in starting a tourism business.
 
The event is also aimed at highlighting the cultural aspects of tourism whereby the local communities will be afforded with the opportunity showcasing/ serving various traditional cousin as well as performing traditional dances.
 
Communities will be encouraged to travel within the province and appreciate the beauty of their province.
Nkomazi ( Elangeni Lodge)
11 September 2012
 
NATIONAL PARKS WEEK
The national Park week is aimed at celebrating and recognizing national parks and Game reserves as a sector in tourism. In support of the National Park week, local citizens have an opportunity to explore wildlife with free access to most national parks and some game reserves.Most communities are not informed about the importance of appreciating and conserving the environment. Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency will use the national park week to encourage communities to parcitipate in domestic toursim in order to discover the beauty of the country, re-discover the fauna and flora, the historical landmarks and the cultural treasures that make us proudly South Africans. The aim is to promote local communities to visit National parks and game reserves and to encourage communities to conserve and protect the environment
 
 
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK , LOSKOP AND SONGIMVELO GAME RESERVES
1-30 September 2012
CONSUMER CAMPAIGN
The Festive Season Consumer Campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the Mpumalanga Brand. It further seeks to encourage potential travelers especially from Gauteng to visit the destination during the festive season. The campaign will run for three months starting in September (coinciding with Tourism Month) and finishing in November. A series of advertisements about various experiences in the destination will be run on platforms such as radio, weekend newspapers as well as on-line.
National and provincial media
13 September 2012
 
WAKKERSTROOM BIRDWATCHING
Wakkerstroom is one of South Africa's premier birding destinations. Bird watching is one of the activities that are considered to be less important among certain ethnic groups. This is one of the major tourist attractions in the province and is contributing immensely in the growth of our economy. MTPA identified the necessity to create more awareness to communities on domestic tourism and encourage them to appreciate the amenities that surrounds them. Invite learners to a birdwatching session to encourage domestic tourism and for learners to learn more about birds like Blue Crane, Blue Korhaan, Rudd's Lark & Botha's Lark and how they contribute towards tourism.
 
WAKKERSTROOM
22 September 2012
 
4X4 OFF ROAD EXPERIENCE
Mpumalanga has a diverse landscape that creates thrilling and exciting 4X4 trails that can be explored. 4X4 off road drivers can be offered guided tours so they are able to practice their navigational skills, driving skills and test their endurance. Getting close to nature, having fun and challenging adventurers is what 4x4 driving is all about, and Mpumalanga is filled with untamed beauty to discover. There are numerous fantastic 4X4 trails in this beautiful Province such as Riverwild, Ebutsini, Luphisi, Mac Mac summit route, and so on. For the purpose of this event the following trails will be considered: Riverwild, Ebutsini and Luphisi.
 
 
LUPHISI, EBUTSINI AND RIVERWILD
20 September 2012
 
TOURISM SCHOOLS COMPETITION AWARD CEREMONY
20 SEPTEMBER
Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) will be conducting Tourism school competition for grade 11 and learners. The tourism schools competition will be conducted with an intention to create awareness on tourism issues. The theme of the competition is “Tourism and Sustainability Energy – Powering sustainable Development”. The competition is designed so that it is easy for learners to enter. Learners must complete a simple assignment which will be assessed against rubrics that will be provided to educators. This competition is open to all public and private secondary schools in Mpumalanga inviting students to express their ideas, thought and creativity and art. The competition is aimed at educating young people about tourism, stimulate excitement and interest about the industry and expose students to the numerous career options that are available in the tourism industry. It also strives to educate primary and early secondary school children about the importance of tourism in their region as well as developing their writing and presentation skills and enhancing their knowledge about their respective towns. The aim is instil a pride amongst the youth of being involved in tourism and saving our environment.
 
NELSPRUIT
28 - 29 September
2012
 
TOURISM SAFETY ROADSHOW
The level of crime in Mpumalanga is unfortunately high and cases of crime such as robbery, assault car highjackings, theft and pickpocketing occur everywhere in the province. Most cases of crime received high profile in the media which in turn discouraged tourists from visiting not only the Province. A roadshow that will focus on issues affecting safety of tourists will be conducted in areas that are higly affected by crime targeted at tourists. There is a pressing need to raise safety standard in the entire tourism industry and to improve the country’s image as a destination. Areas to be covered during the roadshow are Kanyamazane, Kabokweni, Nelspruit, Mkhuhlu, white river, Hazyview and Bushbuckridge. The roadshow aims at creating awareness on safety issues affecting the tourism industry and create synergy between stakeholders
Kanyamazane, Kabokweni, Nelspruit, Mkhuhlu, white river, Hazyview and Bushbuckridge