CAPE TOWN, 11 December 2019 – The City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organisation, Cape Town Tourism, has announced the election of Brett Hendricks as its new board chairperson with Wahida Parker continuing in her role as vice-chairperson effective immediately for three years.
Hendricks, the General Manager of the Thebe Tourism Group, holds a BCom (Acc) degree from the University of the Western Cape and Honours in Accounting from the University of Natal. Prior to his election as board chair, Hendricks served on the Cape Town Tourism Board as Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee. Parker, the Managing Director of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company, is an admitted attorney, internationally accredited mediator and coach, and in 2019 was honoured with a Woza (Women in Law) Award.
Commenting on his election, Hendricks said, “I am extremely proud to have been elected as the chairperson of the board. Tourism in Cape Town contributes almost R15 billion to the local economy as a result of the active work of almost 150 000 direct and indirect tourism employees. Reducing unemployment is key to our vision for Cape Town and increasing visibility of our city as a global destination will always be a priority for us. I am looking forward to this exciting new chapter and leading the board through our long-range planning initiatives which will be crucial to building on Cape Town Tourism’s successful marketing programmes in the future.”
For her part as vice-chairperson, Parker said, “I’m confident that Cape Town is on par to enjoy another successful year of growth as we, together, strive to improve the lives of all Capetonians through tourism. I want to congratulate Brett for deservedly being elected the next board chair and I trust he will continue to make sure that tourism remains at the heart of our beautiful Mother City, Cape Town. Working alongside Brett and Enver Duminy has been a privilege and I look forward to once again being a part of such a dynamic team to make sure that the City’s tourism industry continues its success. Cape Town Tourism is truly an organisation that I am so proud to serve.”
Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism said, “We at Cape Town Tourism are thrilled about the appointments of Brett and Wahida as chair and vice-chair respectively. This will allow us to not only deliver on our marketing efforts, but also ensure we provide business-enabling services to our members, supporting them to become competitive, sustainable, and transformed. Both Brett and Wahida are well respected in the tourism industry and they each bring a wealth of experience and passion to their positions. Going forward, we will continue to ensure we are the go-to city on the African continent, building on our successes by working with industries and strategic partners to invest in projects that will drive demand and make business sense.”