Last year’s SATSA Conference embraced the theme “Transforming for Inclusive Growth”. We are keeping the key essence of transformation this year – but extending it to the very crucial and long overdue issue of geographical spread, with the theme of “Transforming Geographical Spread”.
We have been fortunate in inbound tourism, to have had two years of phenomenal growth in 2016 and 2017. The unintended consequence (to borrow a term) of this, is that there are now capacity and pricing pressures in and around our twin iconic hooks of Kruger National Park (and surrounds) and Cape Town. Now is the time to work collectively to really embrace geographical spread. What better place to kick this off than in friendly Port Elizabeth? It is a great undiscovered jewel (see the great article in the March edition of BA’s Inflight magazine – Highlife).
The conference itself takes place at The Boardwalk Hotel. It is a great venue – 7 minutes from the airport – loads of space, meaning we can accommodate up to 350 delegates, as opposed to our limits of 270 in previous years. There’s a wide variety of accommodation options ranging from the 5-star Boardwalk Hotel, to 4, 3, 2, and 1-Star options courtesy of City Lodge Hotel Group in walking distance from the conference.
With such a stunning conference backdrop, we urge you to take time, either pre- or post-conference, to explore the wonders of the Eastern Cape. The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and ECTOUR are working on exciting tour options for you take advantage of. Please keep an eye on the SATSA Newsletter and Pre/Post-Conference Tours for more information on this.
The SATSA Conference Golf Day takes place at the renowned Humewood Links (ranked 12th best course in SA) on Monday 23 July. Tee off will be at 11h30.
The Conference kicks off, as always, with a relaxed food and wine evening at The Boardwalk Hotel, on the evening of Monday, 23 July. This evening will showcase the best cuisine Port Elizabeth restaurants have to offer, as well as the rich culture of the region.
The first day of the conference proper is on Tuesday 24 July. We’re happy to have the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, getting us going with a keynote address. The format will be akin to previous years, a robust panel-based series of discussions on key issues pertinent to the SATSA membership and the inbound sector at large. The Annual SATSA AGM will take place as the first order of business on Wednesday 25th July from 09h00 – 10h00. This will be followed by Day 2 of the conference and the SATSA 2018 Conference will wind up at 16h00.
We not only urge you to attend this year but bring a mate or a colleague with you. Our aim is make this year’s event the best yet.
We are still inviting SATSA members to forward topics for suggestion. Furthermore, if you have suggestions for people you would like to see tackle any issue on the panel – please let us know.
Some of the suggested topics include:
- VAT and the Inbound Industry
- The effect of the PoPi Act on Tourism
- Regional Cross Selling – Southern Africa
- The product development strategy to spread tourism
- Putting lesser-known Provinces/Towns on the Map: How to do this what are the challenges
- Guides and guidelines
- Dynamic Rates – the new reality
- Marine Tourism – opportunities/challenges
- Public Sector / Trade Relationship
- Road Shows with Products competing against Operators
We look forward to hosting you at another successful networking and information-sharing event.
Conference Contact Details:
Based on the excellent service received in prior years, SATSA has appointed Event Stuff as the Conference Event Management company for 2018.
Should you have any conference related queries, please email Clare Neall on firstname.lastname@example.org