Updated: Thursday, 31 May 2012
Update: Travel and tourism conference postponed - 26 September 2011
They 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).
“The main aim of hosting a joint industry conference is to reduce the level of proliferation of conferences within the sector,” says TBCSA Chief Executive Officer Mmatšatši Marobe. “By hosting one conference we hope to create a central platform where members can address industry specific issues, as well as the challenges which have an impact on the entire sector.”
Michael Tatalias, Chief Executive Officer of SATSA says the conference will be hosted in the interest of the sector and will save many people valuable time and money. “As matters stand, all tourism associations host member-based conferences on an annual basis. These conferences usually attract the same delegates and tend to tackle the same macro-economic issues.”
It is envisioned that the conference will comprise of two-and-a-half days of exhibitions, networking and conference events with an expanded programme allowing for delegate interaction. The date and the venue for the conference are still to be confirmed.
“As the umbrella body for organised business in the sector, the TBCSA is pleased to be working so closely with our member associations to plan for this event,” says Marobe. “We hope to involve more associations in the future. After all, it is through initiatives such as this that we will be able to strengthen our voice as the tourism private sector.”
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