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Nelson Mandela Bay to host major tourism conference: SATSA 2018 Conference

L-R: Dewald Nieman, Eastern Cape Chapter Chairperson; Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism CEO, Ms Mandlakazi Skefile and SATSA Chief Executive Officer, David Frost at the recent Eastern Cape chapter meeting and conference venue site inspections.

Nelson Mandela Bay(NMB) will proudly host the South African Tourism Association 2018 conference from the 23-25 July 2018. Tourism stakeholders and delegates will converge at the Sun Boardwalk Convention Centre to discuss pertinent issues affecting the tourism sector under the theme ‘Transforming Geographical Spread’.

The theme of the conference is aligned to the 5 in 5 strategy of South African Tourism (SAT) focusing on the accessibility and geographical spread of tourists. This further enhances Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism’s (NMBT) strategy to showcase the destination to industry professionals, decision makers and media to positively enhance the city as a world class, affordable and accessible destination. Established in 1969, the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) is a non-profit member-
driven association representing the region’s tourism private sector.

The association provides support to members who require key services and benefits on a local and regional level, and at international trade shows. The organisation also lobbies issues associated and affecting the inbound tourism industry. NMBT CEO, Ms Mandlakazi Skefile shared, “NMBT was excited to be one of the first sponsors on board for an event of this nature that directly impacts the tourism sector and the positive change that can be effected through the vital collaborations with industry role players and decisions makers converging.

“Roughly 300 – 350 influential delegates will attend the conference with an increased length of stay as they will be going on pre and post conference tours.

NMBT will utilize the opportunity to showcase the cities offerings to conference delegates and familiarize tour operators with the product offerings, as they have the potential to increase inbound tourism to our area.

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