The first GP Lifestyle Tourism Street Party, a collaboration between Leisure Connexion and the Gauteng Tourism Authority, recently took place at the regenerated 1 Fox Street warehouse, turning downtown Johannesburg into an outdoor celebration for Gauteng’s tourism trade.
The inaugural event, designed to bring the travel trade together to celebrate Gauteng as a destination, saw over 300 people from the tourism industry, 46 exhibitors and guests that included MECs, popular footballers, actors, musicians, mainstream media and well-known Joburg bloggers and social influencers in attendance on the western edge of Johannesburg’s city centre, in historic warehouses dating back to the city’s gold mining roots.
The streets were populated by exhibitors ranging from guesthouses, hotels, activities and adventure specialists, museums and sightseeing tour operators to transport companies affording them excellent opportunities for networking; food and drink stalls were dotted amongst the streets and there was music, entertainment, and dancing late into the night.
The street party featured entertainers including Eskimo aka Sivan, Gordon Franks, The Kiffness – a live electronic act from Cape Town and ChianoSky, one of South Africa’s most exciting fresh and talented new discoveries. The Kiffness and ChianoSky launched a collaborative live set and debuted new material at the event, and MixFM’s DJ Kerry-Anne Allerston hosted the music event in the Good Luck Bar. They all waived their fee.
Stakeholders who put their weight behind the event included Alexandra Tourisms, Amanzingwe Lodge, Anthology/Cradle Boutique/African Rock Hotel, Apartheid & Mandela House Museum , Avon & Justine, Birchwood, Brand Crafters, City Sight Seeing, Constitution Hill ,Cradle Tourism Company, Doveton House, In Vino Veritas, JHB Tourism, Kgokrae Tours, Kimmo, Kwel Breweries, Laid Back, Lilies Leaf, Lion & Safari Park, Magalies Canopy Tours, Melville Koppies, Mercedes-Benz Gauteng East, Morrels ,Mzansi Tourism Experience, Protea, SAB, (Secluded Country Lodges) Haywards Grand Safari, Sheila – Peanut butter & Chilli Pickle, Sibani Lifestyle, Sojo, Soweto Hotel & Conference Centre, Soweto Tourism, TA Cuisine & B&B, The Capital, The View and Toadbury Country hall.