Kruger Lowveld Tourism Newsletter – 11 September 2018

Author: | Published by KLCBT on at 14:50:33 | Last Updated On: 28 September 2018
  • KLCBT announces new board and leadership;
  • Tourism SA – overcoming industry challenges;
  • Great exposure in return for a prize sponsorship at the KLCBT Annual Awards…

KLCBT announces new board and leadership

The final stage of the KLCBT’s leadership election took place on 29 August, when the new board was confirmed. The new board members are:

  • Oupa Pilane, Acting President and Chairman of Tourism.
  • Lisa Sheard, Executive Director and Vice Chair of Tourism.
  • Sizile Ndlovu, Vice Chair of Tourism.
  • Carel van Wyk, Vice Chair of Business.
  • Rob Gibbs, Vice Chair of Business.

The non-executive directors are Norah Fakude, Nick Elliot, Naresh Naidoo, Johan Barnard, David Mabunda, Anne Briggs, Sandra Jacobs and Hugo Stroud. We would like to thank the outgoing directors for their great service and memorable contribution to the business community: John Davies, Etienne Soine, Phakama Maimela, Nico Oosthuizen, Helen Thrush and SW Engelbrecht.

Tourism SA:  overcoming industry challenges

As we celebrate Tourism Month during September, Tourism Update is examining the industry in South Africa across a series of articles with insight from industry experts. To begin with, we take a look at that state of tourism in South Africa, and where it’s heading. Overall, the sentiment is one of a positive but realistic outlook. The trade agree that South Africa is coming off the back of three remarkably strong years which, according to Monika Iuel, CEO of Private Safaris, was unprecedented: “The destination has just come out of a three-year boom, with unprecedented international arrival numbers and massive capacity challenges.” However, 2018’s numbers are not looking as positive. According to the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) interim CEO Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa: “The first six months of the year have been disappointing. International numbers have declined, and domestic and corporate travel have also been affected by our poor economy.” Key industry players agree that, despite this success, the current stagnation in arrival numbers is largely a self-made problem. Tshivhengwa uses the analogy of a sewage leak: “If you own a house, and a sewage pipe bursts, you don’t go and have a meeting about the pipe – you fix it. You don’t have a tender discussion about who will fix the sewage when it is leaking every day. It seems to defy common sense.” Read the full article.

Great exposure in return for a prize sponsorship at the KLCBT Annual Awards

Great exposure in return for a prize sponsorship at the KLCBT Annual Awards

At this year’s KLCBT Annual Awards Dinner we would like to present a new way of showcasing businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector. We will present an unforgettable Lowveld holiday to one lucky couple in attendance. For this purpose, we request sponsorships of accommodation, meals, activities, tours, shopping, etc. We will put it together in one great package. The exposure will be in the form of a pictorial video, presented to the audience of 430 VIPs and business owners, before the prize is announced to the lucky winner. All prizes sponsored should be for two people as the winner will be a couple. The evening is set to celebrate everything local, the food, art, entertainment and, of course, tourism offerings. Please contribute to the magic of this great event by participating in this unique opportunity. Contact Zelda at 013 755 1988 or email.