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Gauteng Tourism statement on Vilakazi Street fatal shootingGauteng Tourism has learnt with regret of the fatal armed robbery at Sakhumzi restaurant in Vilakazi Street, Soweto, that has left the manager of the popular establishment dead. 1 Feb 2017 Read more >>

Emerald Resort & Casino wins 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award again!For the second year in a row, Emerald Resort & Casino has been recognised for being placed in the top 1% on Tripadvisor for Hotels, ranking seventh in South Africa in the ‘Hotels for Families' category of the 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice™ Awards. 30 Jan 2017 Read more >>

ANC celebration provides welcome boost for footfall in GautengGauteng stands to reap significant economic benefits, particularly from a tourism perspective, from the 105th anniversary celebration of the governing party, the African National Congress (ANC), taking place in Soweto on Sunday, 8 January 2017. 5 Jan 2017 Read more >>

#GPLifestyle activities go into overdrive this festive seasonIn true #GPLifestyle form, the Gauteng City Region is abuzz this festive season with fun activities catering for every age and taste going into the New Year. To usher in 2017 several parties are planned across the province and these include the third annual Soweto Massive which its organisers say promises to be bigger than before. 21 Dec 2016 Read more >>

Celebrate Christmas in the Cradle of Humankind at MaropengMaropeng - The official visitor centre to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site presents: An African Christmas Festival - 16-26 December 2016 15 Dec 2016 Read more >>

Opening of The GalleryMaropeng, the Official Visitors Centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, is proud to announce the opening of "The Gallery", its new exhibition space. 7 Dec 2016 Read more >>

Gauteng Tourism Festive Summer Drive hits Makhelwane Festival 2016 this weekendGauteng Tourism, in association with the Soweto-based youth-owned enterprise Locrate Market, presents the annual Makhelwane Festival as part of the drive to grow the visitor economy in the townships and promote its Festive Summer campaigns on 2-4 December 2016 in Soweto. 30 Nov 2016 Read more >>

Local entrepreneurs bring paddle boats to Orlando Towers, SowetoA new activity in the form of paddle boating launches on Thursday, 3 November 2016, to add to the festival of exciting activities already available at the iconic Orlando Towers precinct in Soweto to amuse visitors. 4 Nov 2016 Read more >>

Gauteng Tourism packages Soweto Derby Experience to rememberThrongs of sport-lovers from across southern Africa will congregate in Gauteng this week for an action-packed Soweto Derby Experience that promises to be even bigger this time around. 28 Oct 2016 Read more >>

Gauteng Tourism's new drive takes lifestyle, entertainment to museumsAs part of an innovative approach to marketing the province's historic and heritage places that include its world-class museums, Gauteng Tourism will be taking a series of new events to the sites, starting with Cooking with Lorna and Friends at the Freedom Park in Pretoria on Sunday, 18 September. 16 Sep 2016 Read more >>

Indulge in a Mexican Fiesta infused with South African flavours with Lorna MasekoOn Sunday, 18 September, Lorna Maseko, food enthusiast and 'Top Chef' presenter, is set to host a Mexican Fiesta infused with uniquely South African flavours at Freedom Park in Pretoria in celebration of heritage month. Lorna will be accompanied by world-class sous chef, Orli Del Angel, from Quintonil restaurant in Mexico, which was recently ranked number 12 on the San Pellegrino List of the World's Best 50 Restaurants. 'Cooking with Lorna and Friends' in partnership with Gauteng Tourism and Freedom Park promise that 18 September will be a taste bud teasing and mouth-watering day for the whole family! 14 Sep 2016 Read more >>

BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal hosts 3rd annual Vaal Whiskey FestivalBack by popular demand, BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal will be hosting the 3rd annual Vaal Whiskey Festival, taking place over two days on 21 and 22 October, and will see connoisseurs and the curious pouring in to enjoy over 200 rare, premium whiskey brands being showcased at the hotel. 13 Sep 2016 Read more >>

Unite around a braai with Jan Braai and EmeraldThe brains behind the National Braai Day initiative and expert surrounding everything "braai", Jan Braai, will be at Emerald Resort & Casino's Game Park over a two day period this September where he will share stories and food from his famous cookbook. 9 Sep 2016 Read more >>

Gauteng Tourism exposes gogos to tourism products and experiencesAs part of the celebrations of the Women's Month, the Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA) will take a group of elderly women on a two-day tour of key tourism products and experiences in the province. 31 Aug 2016 Read more >>

Gauteng Tourism earns kudos for prudent financial managementThe Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA) has extended its record of excellence in financial management with yet another unqualified audit opinion for the 2015/16 financial year, the Office of the Auditor-General announced this week. This is the third straight unqualified audit opinion with no findings that GTA has received. 26 Aug 2016 Read more >>

Department of Tourism is not involved in the independently organised 'Women in Tourism Conference'The Department of Tourism (NDT) has been inundated with enquiries regarding the "Women in Tourism Conference" planned for 24 to 26 August 2016 at the Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Gauteng. 4 Aug 2016 Read more >>

Gauteng Tourism to promote #GPLifestyle Events in Gaborone, BotswanaGauteng Tourism, the official destination marketing agency for the Gauteng City Region, will this week invade Botswana's capital city of Gaborone as it promotes Gauteng lifestyle and entertainment events to the multitudes of Botswana residents who are always in attendance and supporting South African events circuit. The activation, termed #GP Botswana Invasion, is scheduled for Thursday, 14 July, till Sunday, 17 July 2016, at Masa Square in Gaborone. 13 Jul 2016 Read more >>

We, the People Walk - Commemorating 20 years of the constitutionConstitution Hill, in collaboration with the City of Johannesburg and Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS), will host the third edition of the We, the People Walk. 19 Apr 2016 Read more >>

Gauteng to host the first-ever township tourism SME IndabaGauteng Townships Small Medium Enterprises (SME) development and support is once again taking centre stage in the golden city region as Gauteng Tourism stages the first-ever Gauteng SME Tourism Indaba in Soweto, Water Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, starting 29 February until 1 March 2016. 25 Feb 2016 Read more >>

Gauteng has a new tourism chief executiveGauteng Tourism, the official destination marketing agency for the Gauteng City Region has a new chief executive officer in charge following the redeployment of the former CEO to the Constitutional Hill late last year. 28 Jan 2016 Read more >>

Checked in, now check this out! Out and about in MidrandWhether you are staying at a hotel for a few days or just for a night, it's good to know what your options are in terms of things to do at and around the hotel. How you access that information is up to the hotel but typically you will receive a welcome letter with a general overview or you can wander down to reception for a list, or maybe check out the website. 8 Dec 2015 Read more >>

Say goodbye to 2015 with a celebration of note: The Makhelwane Festival in Orlando West"The Makhelwane Festival in Orlando West is a celebration of trendy townships and cool contemporary brands," said Barba Gaoganediwe, Head of Communications at Gauteng Tourism. "The idea behind Makhelwane is creating a commercial hub that involves the community and its locals. Makhelwane is similar to the Locrate Market (where brands occupy 3m x 3m spaces), but hosts each brand in a house or part of one. Each house will be transformed to represent the brand or brands which it is hosting. It is an exciting and innovative brand concept and everyone who is anyone knows they have to be there! This event fits in with the government drive to promote and support tourism in the townships, and supporting it helps to mainstream tourism offerings in the previously under-promoted areas," he concluded. 2 Dec 2015 Read more >>

Newly refurbished Gold Reef City launches - pure Jozi, pure goldA leisure attraction characterised by a unique combination of nostalgia and thrilling entertainment, Gold Reef City has been relaunched following a multi-million rand refurbishment by Tsogo Sun. The glittering launch event that took place on 19 November was attended by Jozi's most glamorous celebrities, key media, and leaders of the gaming and hospitality industry. 27 Nov 2015 Read more >>

Conhill launches Market @ The FortConstitution Hill is proud to announce the launch of a brand new market! Market @ The Fort is a monthly lifestyle and culture market with a contemporary African theme. 26 Nov 2015 Read more >>

Soweto Fashion Week presents SS16 fall and signs Canon South Africa as a new sponsorSoweto Fashion Week (SFW) and its sponsors look forward to yet another exciting spring/summer season showcase. Starting from 19-21 November 2015, the Soweto Fashion Week will present the SS16 fall with fresh upcoming young designers and models. The aim for the event is always to develop, uplift and empower young upcoming hopeful fashion creatives, designers and models respectively. 20 Nov 2015 Read more >>

Trade and media advisory on revised visa rulesThe Department of Home Affairs recently announced the revision of visa regulations which were promulgated last year and were widely deemed to be onerous by tourism professionals, journalists and other commentators, who held that the regulations were severely impacting on jobs and growth in our tourism sector. 2 Nov 2015 Read more >>

Joburg to host global entrepreneurship challengeMore than 4,000 local and international university students will converge on the Sandton Convention Centre on Wednesday, 14 October, to participate in the 2015 Enactus World Cup, which gives young minds the world over the opportunity and platform to come up with entrepreneurial ideas that have the potential to positively change their communities and the world. 13 Oct 2015 Read more >>

Stars celebrate Homo naledi18 October is the last day to see the world-famous Homo naledi fossils at Maropeng, the Visitor Centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Maropeng has seen a steady stream of visitors to the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition who wanted to say, "We were there!" 13 Oct 2015 Read more >>

Gauteng tourism providers take centre stage at the Lilizela Tourism provincial awardsGauteng Tourism Authority announced the names of the provincial winners of the 2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards. The announcement was made an awards ceremony held on 22 September 2015 at Montecasino where all the province's finalists were publically honoured for their contribution to service excellence and quality assurance in the tourism industry. 23 Sep 2015 Read more >>

For Soweto Gold - the cold Gold rush continuesThe future is brewing bright - year-on-year revenues are up by 1,500% and the 'Ubuntu Kraal Brewery - Home of Soweto Gold' is doubling its capacity to take on the growing demand ahead of the season. 15 Sep 2015 Read more >>

Joburg Shopping Festival aims to attract visitors and grow local retail tradeRecently voted 'most popular African city' overall for young people aged 15-19 in the 2015 Youthful Cities Index, the city of Johannesburg has established itself as one of the African continent's premier tourist destinations. The upcoming Joburg Shopping Festival, set to take place this spring, is the city's latest offering - this time, with a distinct focus on the retail experience. 20 Aug 2015 Read more >>

Tourism Safety Initiative gains momentumThe Tourism Safety Initiative ("TSI") is rapidly gaining momentum as the industry's primary platform for the coordination, promotion and provision of safety support to tourists and the tourism and travel trade. 19 Aug 2015 Read more >>

It's all systems go for Wonderboom's maiden commercial flightTshwane Executive Mayor, Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, recently announced during his State of the Capital City Address that commercial flights will be available from Wonderboom National Airport to Cape Town International from August this year. 14 Aug 2015 Read more >>

The Dinokeng Game Reserve - take a drive on the wild sideThe Dinokeng Game Reserve (DGR) is an 18,500Ha area surrounded by an animal proof fence, but plans are already underway to expand this area to over 25,000Ha. Most of the properties within the game reserve are private lodges and in order to enjoy game viewing in the reserve you originally had to book through one of the lodges. It is therefore comparable to the Sabi Sands or Madikwe, and not based on the same model as Pilansberg or the Kruger National Park. Nevertheless, almost from the outset it was apparent that a very large and influential portion of the general public who do not aspire to staying in lodges, or cannot afford them or both. After all isn't there more satisfaction in seeing a lion or an elephant if you find it yourself? 13 Aug 2015 Read more >>

Women in TourismThe majority of the staff at Gauteng Tourism are women and they all believe tourism is relevant for a vast variety of reasons. Tourism creates jobs because, by visiting, people from outside the area bring money to the local economy. Being a tourist is a unique form of learning experience. 12 Aug 2015 Read more >>

Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Square set to boost tourism in MamelodiThe recently opened Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Freedom Square in Mamelodi Township outside Pretoria is a major boost for township tourism in the Gauteng City Region. The precinct, which includes memorial walk path-ways, a photographic gallery documenting all the past conflicts in the township, an amphitheatre and a giant statue of Solomon Mahlangu in full military combat uniform, was renovated at a cost of R49m and it's now open to the public. 7 Aug 2015 Read more >>

Ottoman PalaceThis grand Turkish restaurant is located in the same complex as the impressive Nizamiye Mosque - the biggest mosque in the southern hemisphere - making it doubly worth the visit. 6 Aug 2015 Read more >>

Nizamiye MosqueTowering over Midrand, Nizamiye is the biggest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere. Built by a Turkish philanthropist, Nizamiye Masjid was completed in 2012 and is modelled on the 16th-Century Ottoman Selimiye Camii mosque in Edirne, Turkey. All the marble, carpets, stained glass and ceramics used in the construction of the mosque were brought in from Turkey and the intricate interior detailing were hand-painted. 5 Aug 2015 Read more >>

Fietas Museum - Memory in actionEstablished in 1894 to the west of central Johannesburg, Fietas (today known as Pageview), was once the city's 'Malay location' and home to a large Indian community. In the first half of the 20th century Fietas was famous for its bustling main street, 14th Street, which was one of the most popular places in the city to shop for bargains, drawing shoppers from all racial and economic backgrounds. 4 Aug 2015 Read more >>

Curiocity backpackersCuriocity is Johannesburg's first inner-city backpackers, located in the centre of the trendy Maboneng neighbourhood, an area famous for its many artist studios and galleries, hipster cafes and bars. Founded by young local entrepreneur Bheki Dube, who also runs the inner-city walking tour company MainStreetWalks, Curiocity is aimed at young adventurous travellers looking for a taste of modern, urban Jo'burg. There is a broad choice of accommodation including dorm rooms, single and double rooms and the Joker-In-The-Pack - a bijou self-catering unit on the roof of the building. 3 Aug 2015 Read more >>

2015 Vaal Whiskey FestivalAn event not to be missed at BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal 23 Jul 2015 Read more >>

108th Prince of Wales Polo Cup tournamentTheme: A prince, a cup, the land: A royal legacy 17 Jul 2015 Read more >>

Identification of candidates for the Gauteng Tourism Authority tour operator trainingTour operator training of 40 candidates from the 10 prioritised townships is scheduled to take place for five days, from 20 July-24 July 2015. Please assist in identifying individuals through regional officials and associations. Candidates must send an email to with contact details where they are reachable and motivating in a few lines why they should be considered for the training. 9 Jul 2015 Read more >>

Travellers love GautengFive of the top ten landmark sites in the 2015 Trip Advisor survey are in the Golden Province of Gauteng underlining our standing as a preferred destination for tourism. 12 Jun 2015 Read more >>

Making conferencing work for you!Thoughts of putting together a conference can be frustrating when we are faced with uninspired feelings of "here we go, same old, same old". The challenge for conference venues (and conference organisers) is to continually strive to bring new and industrious ways of enhancing the conference experience - from team-building to healthy food options, innovative technology and up-to-date meeting rooms and facilities - and not at the expense of efficient, professional and personal service. 26 May 2015 Read more >>

The Vaal wine tasting 2015Not too long now before the popular annual Vaal River Meander Wine Route treat starts - on for six weeks from the 11th July to the 16th August 2015. 13 May 2015 Read more >>

Who knew there was so much to do in Vereeniging?The Vaal Dam, built during the Great Depression some 77 years ago, over the decades has ebbed and flowed as a popular destination for holidaymakers, conference delegates and pleasure-seekers. Much has changed the landscape of her beautiful riverbanks - hotels have been built or revamped, real estate has exploded, and function and leisure venues abound - a trendsetting fusion of design and lifestyle. 12 May 2015 Read more >>

The Science for Resilience Expo: How science and 2,000 youths can build a resilient Limpopo River BasinThe Resilience in the Limpopo River Basin (RESILIM) Program, in partnership with Kwalata and Science Unlimited, is hosting the Science for Resilience Expo at the Kwalata Game Reserve in Hammanskraal from 12-14 May 2015. 11 May 2015 Read more >>

Gauteng Conventions & Events Bureau geared up to partner with AutomechanikaThe Gauteng Conventions Bureau (GCEB) is excited to announce its support of the fourth edition of Automechanika Johannesburg, which will take place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, 6-9 May 2015. 5 May 2015 Read more >>

The truth about GautengPeople from outside the province have some dubious misconceptions which deserve to be challenged, so we let Dawn Robertson, the CEO of Gauteng Tourism, talk back to the misguided... 4 May 2015 Read more >>

Ride through time in GautengHistory and culture are often portrayed as crusty and spider-web covered images relegated to the shelves of some decrepit octogenarian, but in Gauteng nothing could be further from the truth. The past can be apprehended through vibrant experiences in a fantastic variety of locations in our province. 30 Apr 2015 Read more >>

Styling in SowetoSoweto is a must for people from all over the world, and all self-respecting Gautengers must visit this iconic township. The Hector Peterson Museum (011 536 0611) recounts the 1976 Soweto Student uprisings and some of the heroes of the protest and victims of the aftermath. Nearby is the Mandela House (011 936 7754) in Vilikazi Street (011 945 3111), the only street in the world that contains the houses of two Nobel Prize Laureates, the other one being Desmond Tutu. There is also a string of vibrant restaurants including Sakhumzi's Restaurant (011 536 1379), NextDoor, Thrive Café (011 536 1838) and the Corner House which usually have a fascinating variety of regular patrons plus a vibrant selection of street musicians and performers who are usually brilliantly entertaining. 29 Apr 2015 Read more >>

Discover the gems of JoburgIf you've got visitors coming they always want to know what there is to do in Joburg and there are a surprising number of locals who don't know what's happening in their own backyards. In Joburg the City Sighteseeing Bus (0861 733 287) is an excellent start because it is a hop-on hop-off tour of some of the iconic points of interest in the city. The bus includes on its route Constitution Hill (011 381 3100), the Apartheid Museum (011 309 4700) and Gold Reef City (011 248 6800). 28 Apr 2015 Read more >>

The effects of xenophobic attacks on tourismXenophobic attacks have sprung up sporadically at various points in time in the past and although there have been cancellations and a loss of tourism business, the correlation between such cancellations and the attacks has not been exhaustively researched. 24 Apr 2015 Read more >>

Emerald Resort & Casino appoints new Executive Sous ChefChristian Hyman has been appointed as Executive Sous Chef at Emerald Resort & Casino's premier restaurant, High Stakes. 22 Apr 2015 Read more >>