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13 October 2011

South African Tourism appoints Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo to head up newly-established National Convention Bureau

New appointment at South African Tourism

Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, Executive Manager: Conventions Bureau Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, Executive Manager: Conventions Bureau

This is an important appointment for us, at a critical time. Over the next five years South Africa has already secured over 200 international conferences, which is estimated to attract 300 000 delegates and provide an economic boost of more than R1.6 billion. Tim Scholtz, South African Tourism’s Chief Operating Officer and acting Chief Executive Officer.

SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo to the position of Executive Manager: Conventions Bureau, effective 1 November 2011.

Kotze-Nhlapo joins SA Tourism after her successful tenure as Head: Convention Bureau and Events at Cape Town Routes Unlimited and will be responsible for heading up the newly-established National Convention Bureau (NCB) at SA Tourism.

The NCB will enhance South Africa’s Business Tourism capacity and continue to grow the country’s status as a world-class destination for international conventions, exhibitions, incentives and events. The objective of the NCB is to make a significant impact in consolidating, co-ordinating and strengthening efforts to attract meetings and conventions to South Africa.

“Amanda’s appointment to drive the National Convention Bureau is a critical one for us at SA Tourism. We naturally place great emphasis on leisure tourism, which is the source of the majority of our international tourist arrivals, but South Africa’s popularity as a Business Tourism destination is growing and holds great tourism potential. Business tourists traditionally are high spenders and the industry has the potential to add considerably to our tourism revenue. Enhancing our Business Tourism proposition and attracting international meetings and conferences is therefore extremely important to us and we’re delighted to welcome on board Amanda, who has a wealth of experience in the national Business Tourism industry through her work at Cape Town Routes Unlimited and as a member of the Board of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI),” said Tim Scholtz, South African Tourism’s Chief Operating Officer and acting Chief Executive Officer.

“This is an important appointment for us, at a critical time. Over the next five years South Africa has already secured over 200 international conferences, which is estimated to attract 300 000 delegates and provide an economic boost of more than R1.6 billion. We’re looking forward of course to the United Nations COP 17 Climate Change conference coming up in Durban as the year’s Business Tourism highlight, as we continue to leverage our country’s status as a mega-events destination and benefit from heightened global exposure. We have world-class convention centres, hotels, transport networks and abundant high-quality Business Tourism infrastructure, which is complemented by our country’s leisure offering. And we are now looking to attract events and to encourage business travelers to stay longer to explore our country’s tourist offerings and of course to return with their families, so the National Convention Bureau is an important addition to our work at SA Tourism,” Scholtz added.

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Issued by South African Tourism.

For further information contact:

Jermaine Craig at South African Tourism

Tel: +27 11 895 3000 or 083 2010 121

Email: jermaine@southafrica.net

Website www.southafrica.net

Inquiries at Ireland/Davenport can be directed to:

Jessica Wheeler at Ireland Davenport

Tel: +27 11 463 2252 or 072 731 7691.

Email: Jessica. Wheeler@ireland-davenport.co.za

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South African Tourism is the national tourism agency responsible for the marketing of South Africa as a preferred tourist destination. It is headed up by Chief Executive Officer, Ms Thandiwe January-McLean, Chief Operating Officer Mr Timothy Scholtz and Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Roshene Singh.