22 August 2012

SATTIC has attracted excellent speaker line-up

South African tourism industry stakeholders can look forward to vibrant debate and an excellent speaker line-up at the inaugural South African Travel & Tourism Industry Conference.

Michael Tatalias, CEO of SATSA. Michael Tatalias, CEO of SATSA.

We are delighted to be part of this 1st joint industry conference and urge all those with inbound tourism businesses to attend. - Michael Tatalias, SATSA CEO

The South African Travel & Tourism Industry Conference (SATTIC) is being held from 2-4 September at the Protea Hotel OR Tambo in Ekurhuleni. 

It will provide the opportunity for industry thought and opinion leaders across the travel and tourism value chain to discuss industry issues and find workable solutions.

A joint initiative of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and 5 member associations, the SATTIC conference will be opened by South Africa’s Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk.

His address will be followed by a high-level panel discussion on the industry’s competitiveness. The discussion will be led by a presentation of the 2012 World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness report. It will be presented by Professor Geoffrey Lipman, advisor to the World Tourism Organization, an agency of the United Nations, and World Economic Forum.

This will be followed by a presentation by David Scowsill, CEO and president of the World Travel and Tourism Council. 

The panel for this session will include speakers such as Frank Kilbourn, board chairperson of South African Tourism and Michael Mabuyakhulu, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for economic development and tourism. The panel discussion will be moderated by Peter Bruce, editor-in-chief of Business Day.

There will also be a session on tourist arrivals, moderated by Wayne Duvenage, former CEO of Avis Car Rental and current chairperson of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance.

Panel speakers will include Thulani Nzima, South African Tourism's CEO, Martin Wiest, destination management services CEO of Tourvest, and Bongani Maseko, acting managing director of Airports Company South Africa. 

Mmatšatši Ramawela, TBCSA CEO, said the TBCSA has been encouraged by the keen interest shown by members and stakeholders of its member associations.

The 5 member associations participating in the SATTIC conference 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).

Michael Tatalias, SATSA CEO, said the concept of a joint industry conference was one that SATSA had supported for several years.

'We are delighted to be part of this 1st joint industry conference. We urge all those with inbound tourism businesses to attend and take part in the many debates and breakaway sessions, which will offer ample time for discussion.

Interested stakeholders can register for the conference on the SATTIC website.