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SSouth African Tourism (SA Tourism) is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Neil Nagooroo in the position of GM: Strategic Events and Exhibitions.

Nagooroo’s appointment comes as South African Tourism aims to bolster its efforts in the management and delivery of its two signature trade shows, Meetings Africa and Indaba.

Nagooroo was previously with SA Tourism between 2004 and 2012 prior to joining Sandton Convention Centre as Sales and Marketing Manager, a position he held for the past three and a half years before returning to South African Tourism to head the new events unit.

An MBA graduate, Nagooroo has a wealth of experience in the tourism industry, spanning over eleven years.

He was also part of the team that developed a new brand strategy for the Sandton Convention Centre in 2012

A strong and confident negotiator, he has led large and complex cross-functional sales initiatives.

Nagoroo’s return to SA Tourism is a testament to his passion of growing the industry.

His new role is to position South Africa as a world-class tourism destination, capable of hosting successful events. His responsibilities include developing, implementing and managing strategies to help the country achieve this goal. He will also manage South Africa’s participation at international trade shows and events in order to bolster the country’s international stature.

Chief Convention Bureau Officer at the South Africa National Convention Bureau, Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, is confident that Neil will steer SA Tourism’s efforts to deliver strategic events and exhibitions that will only benefit our economy in the right direction. This includes enhancing our signature trade shows, Meetings Africa and Tourism indaba.

“South African Tourism welcomes Neil back to our organization and we wish him well in his new position. He has a sound understanding of the South African tourism and hospitality sector. Neil’s formidable knowledge of tourism as well as his experience in both the leisure and business events spheres of our industry make him the ideal person to head up our strategic events unit,” Kotze-Nhlapo said.

Neil feels honoured to be trusted with the challenge of taking the business of SA Tourism’s events forward.

“Tourism is my passion. I am extremely grateful to be back at SA Tourism because I know I am joining a team of dedicated people who are focused on delivering on our mandate of increasing South Africa’s brand appeal and increasing the number of people that come to visit our country. It is an honour to be able to add my efforts in contributing to one of the most important sectors that drive economic growth in South Africa.

SA Tourism is the national tourism agency responsible for the marketing of South Africa as a preferred tourist destination.

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