Top speakers confirmed for SETE 2012 conference
The conference directors have formulated a programme to stimulate debate aimed at providing new ideas and information about growing the events tourism industry in South Africa. - Sugen Pillay, Thebe Exhibitions and Projects business development director
The Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) takes place in Durban from 12-13 September 2012 at the Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.
The SETE 2012 conference is aimed at making South Africa more globally competitive at hosting mega events.
‘The conference directors have formulated a programme to stimulate debate aimed at providing new ideas and information about growing the events tourism industry in South Africa,’ said Sugen Pillay, business development director at Thebe Exhibitions & Projects Group, the owning and managing company for the event.
His Excellency Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee, will present Qatar’s vision for becoming a global leader in sports tourism. He will explain how Qatar’s hosting of major sporting events has developed the country's brand profile and reputation as one of the leading power brokers in global sport.
Mike Lee, CEO of Vero Communications, will analyse how global communication platforms are used to promote major events. He will also elaborate on the bidding strategies used for the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. Lee is the former director of communications and public affairs for the London bid.
Paul Bush, CEO of Event Scotland, will examine the processes for bidding, winning and delivering major events. A workshop by VisitBritain’s CEO, Sandie Dawe, will cover capacity issues in transport, accommodation and security for the London Olympics 2012 and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The steering committee, appointed at last year’s conference, will also share the work undertaken in the past year in developing a sports tourism strategy.
Conference registration opens on 1 May 2012. For more information about the conference programme and to register to attend, visit the SETE website.