First South African travel and tourism summit in October

First South African travel and tourism summit in October

The inaugural South African Travel and Tourism summit – also known as the Summit – will take place on 14-15 October 2013 at the Maslow Hotel of Sandton in Johannesburg, the organisers announced on Thursday.

Conceived by Gauteng Tourism and Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), the gathering is said to provide a much needed platform to consolidate the country’s tourism gains and improve its competitiveness towards growing its travel and tourism economy.

Tourism and travel contributed US$8.5 billion (R 8.43 billion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2011, and creating 598 432 direct jobs in the same year.

The Summit will be a vital platform to enable a meeting of minds across the entire tourism value chain, both TBCSA CEO Mmatšatši Ramawela and Gauteng Tourism CEO Dawn Robertson said, adding that the conference was vital in order to emphasise the real value of the traveller and to achieve the objectives of the National Tourism Sector Strategy.

The organisers are urging all key travel and tourism thought leaders, commentators and decision makers to come in numbers, so that they can discuss how the industry can build on the more than 10.2% international tourist arrival growth recorded in 2012.

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Photo: Maslow Hotel, formely Southern Sun Grayston Hotel, will be the venue for the Summit in Otober 2013

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