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Spring is Joburg Shopping Festival time

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Enjoy the spring sunshine by getting out and about and shopping up a storm in Joburg!

Enjoy the spring sunshine by getting out and about and shopping up a storm in Joburg! The 2011 Joburg Shopping Festival (JSF) is set to take place at 8 participating centers from September 17-25 in Rosebank, the Inner City, and Woodmead. Both the Joburg Market and the Bryanston Organic and Natural Market are also participating.

Festival partners include SAA, freight service UBag, 6 Johannesburg hotels, and Welcome Tourism Services, who have worked together to create a variety of packages for aspirant visitors and shoppers. These special JSF packages can be accessed via the Welcome Tourism Services website ( www.welcome.co.za ), and Johannesburg Tourism Company’s website ( www.joburgtourism.com ).

“We’re delighted that the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) is continuing to champion a spring shopping festival throughout Joburg, and I trust this initiative will grow into a significant Joburg calendar event,” said Lindiwe Kwele, CEO of Johannesburg Tourism Company (JTC). Johannesburg Tourism is a member of the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP).

Initiated by the City’s Department of Economic Development, in partnership with the travel, retail, logistics, and media industries, the Joburg Shopping Festival (JSF), is a tourism and retail event that takes place in the city of Johannesburg during September every year. The aim of the festival is to highlight the retail infrastructure and services available in Johannesburg, in order to attract more visitors from Africa and neighboring provinces into the city for shopping, entertainment, sight seeing, golfing, spa, and medical treatments.

“September is a fabulous month for the JSF, as Joburg bursts into action on so many levels come springtime. Appropriately for Tourism Month, there are Joburg signature and consumer events and festivals galore, along with the usual fabulous array of music, culture, fashion, entertainment, sports, and lifestyle events to choose from.”

SHOPPING FESTIVAL QUICK FACTS

Airline partner: South African Airways

Tour operator: Welcome Tourism Services

Freight forwarding: U-BAG

Hotels: Don Suite Hotels, Intercontinental, The Peech Hotel, City Lodge Group, Mapungubwe Hotel, The Reef Hotel

Shopping Centers: The Zone @ Rosebank, The Mall of Rosebank, The Firs, The Bryanston Organic & Natural Market, Joburg Market, Carlton Shopping Centre, and the Woodmead Retail Park

All shopping centers have recruited over 300 retailers who will be offering exciting shopping packages across the various centers.

For more information please visit: www.joburgshoppingfestival.co.za .

The Johannesburg Shopping Festival is designed to promote the city’s status as the African continent’s premier destination for retail and wholesale shopping. This festival also aims to showcase the many other festivals, meetings, and entertainment that Johannesburg has to offer during the month of September. Johannesburg has world-class retail trade and hospitality products including over 80 shopping centers, malls, and big wholesale trade outlets, local/African and international brands presence, and the highest concentration of three- to five-star hotel brands and restaurant facilities.