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The Rosebank Hospitality Network

The Rosebank Hospitality Network

Initiated by the Rosebank Management Districts and Johannesburg in Your Pocket in early 2024, the Rosebank Hospitality Network is a platform for hotels and tourism industry stakeholders in Rosebank to connect to discuss shared challenges, look at collaborative initiatives to advance hospitality and tourism in the precinct, and engage the RMD about operational concerns and areas of improvement that will impact upon the tourism experience of Rosebank.

Representatives of key Rosebank hotels joined the meeting on May 23, 2024 of the Rosebank Hospitality Network held at Clico Hotel.

Representatives of key Rosebank hotels joined the meeting on May 23, 2024 of the Rosebank Hospitality Network held at Clico Hotel.

On Thursday, May 23, 2024, the Rosebank Management Districts, in collaboration with Johannesburg In Your Pocket, hosted the second Rosebank Hospitality Network meet-up at Clico Boutique Hotel to explore opportunities for improving the tourism experience in the greater Rosebank neighbourhood. Those in attendance included representatives from key hotels, Gautrain, Gauteng Tourism Authority, and the City Sightseeing Bus, plus the board of Rosebank Management Districts.

The session was headlined: “How to make Rosebank Joburg’s top tourism district” and delved into a wide range of issues related to promoting the district, among them:

  • Safety and security
  • Feedback on current visitor experience
  • Forging meaningful partnerships within the district
  • Presenting Rosebank to the Gauteng Tourism Authority as a key tourism destination in Johannesburg
  • Looking at future initiatives to create a more welcoming district

Participants had the opportunity to share their views on what makes the Rosebank tourism experience stand out. Responses highlighted the diversity of the neighbourhood, the cultural mix, Rosebank as an art district, the “cosiness”, compactness, and walkability of the district. There were also many who commented on the precinct’s ever-evolving lifestyle offerings, including its wide range of dining options, restaurants, and tourism attractions catering to visitors across the spectrum. 

Laurice Taitz-Buntman, founder of Johannesburg in Your Pocket, and Mikhaela Donaldson of Local Abode, who manage the Rosebank Districts.

Laurice Taitz-Buntman, founder of Johannesburg in Your Pocket, and Mikhaela Donaldson of Local Abode, who manage the Rosebank Districts.

“While our primary focus is safe and clean, we remain committed to ensuring a neighbourhood that allows for hospitality and tourism to thrive. Notwithstanding the ongoing safety and operational challenges, the RMD continues to invest in initiatives that encourage an improved visitor experience – these include the newly launched Rosebank Visitor Centre and the ongoing Tourism Ambassador programme in collaboration with the Johannesburg Tourism Company”, said Mikhaela Donaldson, Rosebank District Manager.

Top left: Carollyn Mitchell of Intraprop, an RMD board member; hospitality professionals got a chance to network; the venue for the meeting was Sec restaurant, at Clico Hotel in Rosebank.

Key outcomes from the meeting included a commitment to foster an ongoing networking relationship between hospitality sector partners in Rosebank and to share information about RMD’s initiatives to promote safety in the district.

A plan is being put in place to conduct a walkabout from the Gautrain Station into Tyrwhitt Avenue with representatives of the Gautrain and key hotels in order to identify issues that visitors may confront that would impact on easy walkability through the district.

The hospitality network will meet quarterly.

To join upcoming sessions or learn more about the Rosebank Hospitality Network, contact Melusi Hlatshwayo. For updated events, attractions, and activities in Rosebank and its surrounds, we recommend you follow Johannesburg In Your Pocket City Guide.

To join us and support initiatives by the Rosebank Management District, please contact our membership office at +27 82 386 2680 or mikhaela@localabode.co.za

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