City of Tshwane to host South African attractions for exciting regional meet-up in Pretoria


The City of Tshwane is set to host the third regional chapter meeting/meetup of the African Association of Visitor Experiences and Attractions (AAVEA) at the Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria on Tuesday, 21 June 2022!

As the only African platform for attraction and visitor experience professionals to network, share, and seek solutions together, AAVEA is taking its offering around the country, gathering the industry in their regions.

The day’s programme includes AAVEA board members Hulisani Thabela, the acting divisional head for the City of Tshwane, and Mpume Mabuza, CEO of the Downtown Music Hub, presenting the results of the first-ever Benchmark Survey of South African attractions, an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Javett Art Centre, and a safe social meetup for industry professionals to engage and network with each other.

: AAVEA board members Hulisani Thabela and Mpume Mabuza will host the organisation’s third in-person regional chapter meeting at the Javett Art Centre in Pretoria on 21 June 2022. Image credit: AAVEA

The Benchmark Survey is proudly sponsored by South African Tourism.

Thabela is thrilled to be hosting the Gauteng meetup:

“At the City of Tshwane, we’re transitioning from a facilities management approach towards holistic attractions management by benchmarking and exposing our attractions managers to organisations such as AAVEA. By hosting this regional meetup, we hope to educate and encourage our Tshwane attractions to learn everything they can about improving their operations and delivering the best visitor experiences to local and international visitors.”

Lakin Morgan Baatjies, the Javett Art Centre’s brand and partnerships manager, concurs:

“Javett-UP is proud to host the African Association of Visitor Experiences and Attractions (AAVEA) Gauteng Regional Meet-up in June. Gauteng tourism leaders will gather at Javett-UP to discuss some of the latest developments in attraction management and unpack critical findings of the 2021 AAVEA Benchmark Survey. This event affirms Javett-UP’s goal to become a key stakeholder in the Tshwane tourism landscape.”

Join AAVEA and the City of Tshwane at the Javett Art Centre on 21 June 2022:

With limited space available, professionals who represent visitor experiences, museums, art galleries, zoos, parks, wine farms, cultural experiences, theme parks, aquariums, markets, festivals, and family entertainment centres are invited to attend this not-to-be-missed event!

Sign up today at

A first for the continent, AAVEA is a membership-driven association, governed by a board, which offers the only educational opportunities for visitor experience and attraction professionals in Africa.

For more information about AAVEA, please visit


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