Dear SATSA Members
With the SATSA Conference and AGM behind us, there is a renewed energy at Head Office and we are working diligently on developing systems, processes and communication for the introduction of the newly adopted MOI.
A board meeting is scheduled to take place early September. As per the outcome of the AGM, we would like to welcome Rob Hetem on board and also welcome back Colin Thaver and Gavin Courtenay who form part of the 6 elected SATSA Members. The purpose of the board meeting is to, firstly, vote in a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson (who replace the former President and Vice-President) and Treasurer and secondly, to finalise the implementation of all resolutions voted on at the AGM and discussions had during the conference. An enormous thank you to Kevin Watson and Mohamed Baba, who both stepped down as NEC members during the AGM. Your dedication and commitment over the past few years is highly appreciated.
Speaking about the AGM and Conference… we are so grateful to all our members and friends who attended and helped make this a memorable event. Thank you for spending the time with us and we trust that it was a fruitful experience. A big thank you to our conference secretariat, Clare Neall, from Event Stuff, who ensured the conference went off without a hitch. We also had a number of sponsors who not only made the event possible but also raised the bar – we are humbled by your continuing generosity.
To all of our panellists, we appreciate you sharing your insight and expertise with all in attendance and your eagerness to engage in topics that affect our industry. We are also very honoured to have had the conference opened by our Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, who updated delegates on some of the initiatives being launched by government in the coming months. Finally thank you to our CEO, David Frost, and Past President Gavin Courtenay, who hosted the successful industry-gathering and tirelessly put in the extra effort whenever necessary.
An urgent housekeeping matter that needs attention is the finalisation of all annual reviews. Please can we urge all members who have not already completed this to do so immediately.
From here friends it is onwards and upwards and we are dedicated to living up to our mission as stated in the new MOI, being: to promote credibility and integrity and contribute towards the growth and recognition of our industry to the benefit of all our members.
In keeping with our conference theme of Inclusive Growth, we’re very excited to launch the conference audio series. Those unable to attend the conference can now find out exactly what the discussions entailed and those who attended and would simply like to refresh their memory – this audio series is for you!
With each News from the Front, a couple of new audio clips will be available and will follow the order of the Conference programme.
To start us off, here is a link to Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa’s keynote address as well as the CEO of South African Tourism, Sisa Ntshona address.
SATSA Members will benefit from a 10% discount offer on the registration fee for the second Annual Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference.
The conference takes place on 20 September 2017 at Spier, Stellenbosch. Speakers for the conference include South African Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona, General Manager of Contiki, Kelly Jackson, and legendary Hotelier from Napa USA, Don Shindle.
Exciting content includes topics such as service excellence, attracting afropolitans, virtual reality, sustainability, as well as creating brand loyalty.
To register to attend the conference visit: www.wineandfood.co.za
Africa Turf and Golf Summit will be hosting a Golf Day and Workshop next week from 5 – 8 September 2017.
SATSA CEO, David Frost, will deliver a key note presentation titled ‘Golf Tourism – A catalyst for growing high-end tourist arrivals and facilitating tourism investment in Africa’ on Wednesday morning, 6 September.
Sisa Ntshona, CEO South African Tourism, Kevin Ramkaloan, Director Mauritius Tourism Authority, Kwakye Donkor, CEO Africa Tourism Partners, and Frost, will also serve on a panel discussion titled ‘Golf as key component of destination marketing value-chain in Africa’.
Other topics include ‘The do’s and don’ts of positioning a country as golf tourism destination – The case of Mauritius’, ‘Leadership, innovation and reinvention in golf club management – An opportunity for Africa Clubs’, and ‘Market Readiness and Accessibility – Key strategic approach to golf tour operations’.
The conference is split into two parts:
1) The Summit will be held at Silver Lakes Golf Estate from 5 – 6 September 2017.
• Entrance for one delegate to conference on the 6 September 2017
• Access to speed network and social networking sessions
• Golf at leisure on the 5 September at Silver Lakes Golf Estate
• Price: R800 including VAT
2) A Turf Management course will be held during the conference from 7 – 8 September at a cost of R1200.
Attending the full 4-day conference will be at a cost of R2000.
For more information or to register to attend, contact Nicci on email@example.com or Derek Daly on firstname.lastname@example.org
WTM Africa takes place next year from 18 – 20 April 2018, at Cape Town’s International Convention Centre.
We are once again looking at ways to make the show a valuable experience for our members and as such will continue our partnership with the organisers. Keep an eye on our newsletter for updates on how you can get involved.