18- 20 May 2017, Sun City

We embark on this year’s conference journey with the true belief that there is Power in Unity. Our power to influence as a collective, your power to influence as an individual takes centre stage in 2017, as external attention, regulations and influence bring their weight to bear on on our industry.

We are a powerful industry – contributing more to South Africa’s GDP than gold – and our collective and individual voices count a great deal. They deserve to be heard.

And this will be our focus for conference – leveraging that power in a unified manner, amplifying our individual voices to ensure the success of our great industry.

As we develop the programme, we will update you on the content and speakers, but rest assured, you do not want to miss this one! The focus and format will be similar to previous years and we are confident that the networking, guest speakers and overall programme will be informative and valuable.

And with that in mind, I look forward to welcoming you to a revamped Sun City for some fun, networking and robust engagement with industry leaders!

Yours in travel,

Otto de Vries




Edward Kieswetter is a life-long leadership scholar and practitioner who has a deep conviction that leadership is an inordinate privilege and has service as its ultimate purpose.

Formerly Group Chief Executive of Alxeander Forbes, Edward has over 30 years’ experience in various leadership positions in academic, public sector and private sector roles, and has consciously and mindfully referenced robust scholarly works on human behavior and leadership, along with actual real-time leadership practice, to develop his own personal leadership model and leadership brand.

Edward’s leadership practice is based on a strong SERVICE and HIGHER PURPOSE orientation. In line with a strong service orientation, Edward is an ardent commitment to the notion of the LEADER as a STEWARD.


Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading financial journalist, Bruce Whitfield presents The Money Show with on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk.

Bruce’s broader journalistic achievements have been applauded in three tightly contested, consecutive Sanlam competitions. His work in radio, television and print has also been recognised by financial services group Citadel and global banking group Citibank which named Bruce its South African financial journalist of the year.

In addition to his radio duties, Bruce covers banking and insurance for weekly business magazine Finweek, writes an investment column for mens’ lifestyle magazine Best Life and presents a range of investment focussed programs on Summit TV.


Al Prodgers is an international corporate entertainment MC and hilarious stand up comedian. He also specialises in using improvisation techniques and humour to get companies and people to “Lighten Up for a Change.”

He seamlessly includes relevant messaging, works to a brief accommodating special requirements (taking into account unique sensitivities) and is an effective corporate communicator.

With LiveWire Improv, Al collaborates with a small, hand-picked pool of experienced improvisation performers to meet specific client needs.