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30 July 2012

Inaugural Travel & Tourism Business Exchange to be held in September

The inaugural Travel & Tourism Business Exchange Southern Africa (formerly the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Conference Southern Africa), will take place from 2 - 4 September 2012 in Johannesburg.

Mmatšatši Marobe, CEO of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa. Mmatšatši Marobe, CEO of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa.

By convening one conference at the beginning of Tourism Month 2012, we aim to create a central platform where members can address industry-specific issues, as well as the challenges and opportunities that have an impact on the entire sector - Mmatšatši Marobe, TBCSA CEO

The Travel & Tourism Business Exchange is a joint initiative of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and 5 member associations.

These are the Association of South African Travel Agents (ASATA), the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA), the National Accommodation Association of South Africa (NAA-SA), the Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) and the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA).

TBCSA CEO, Mmatšatši Marobe, said the main objective of hosting a joint travel and tourism industry conference was to facilitate industry cooperation and to reduce the proliferation of conferences within the sector.

‘By convening one conference at the beginning of Tourism Month 2012, we aim to create a central platform where members can address industry-specific issues, and the challenges and opportunities that have an impact on the entire sector,’ she said.

Michael Tatalias, CEO of SATSA, said a single industry conference would save valuable time and money compared with previous years where all tourism associations hosted annual member-based conferences. ‘These conferences usually attract the same delegates and tend to address the same macroeconomic issues,’ he added.

The conference will comprise 2 and a half days of deliberations, exhibitions, networking and social events, with an expanded programme allowing for close delegate interaction.

‘This is an event not to be missed and we want to urge all our members and the broader travel and tourism business community to diarise these dates,’ said Eddy Khosa, FEDHASA CEO.

Marobe said the timing of the conference was significant with September being both Tourism Month and Heritage Month in South Africa.

‘This is an opportune time to reflect on the current state of the industry and to deliberate future growth opportunities for our industry.

To find out more about registration and the conference programme, visit the Travel & Tourism Business Exchange South Africa website.

For more information contact:
Boitumelo Moleleki
Email: tumi@tbcsa.travel