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SA Tourism CEO Joins Speakers for THINC Africa 2017

HVS South Africa, organiser of the 2017 edition of the Tourism, Hotel Investment, and Networking Conference (THINC) Africa has confirmed that the CEO of South African Tourism, Sisa Ntshona, will be speaking at this much-anticipated conference coming up in Cape Town from 30-31 August. 

“We are thrilled South African Tourism is joining us to THINC Africa.  Tourism is THE industry that can pull the South African economy out of recession,” says Tim Smith, managing partner of HVS South Africa. “However, this will only work if all the invested parties work together. I can’t wait to hear what Sisa Ntshona  has to say in promoting tourism in South Africa.”

Ntshona has more than 15 years’ experience in leadership roles in the financial services, aviation and manufacturing industries. Before joining South African Tourism, he served as the head of SME Banking at Barclays Africa. He is an executive with strong commercial experience having managed and run business operations successfully across the African continent and in the Middle East. As a thought leader and strategist at heart, Ntshona often identifies opportunities and develops the necessary processes to effectively capture new growth. 

THINC Conferences are known for their lively debate and encourage audience participation so that individuals can have their particular questions and issues addressed. The conference offers delegates the chance to network and learn from the top players in the global hotel industry who are operating in Africa. The stellar speaker lineup includes both global and local experts in the industry. 

“We invite all hotel investors, hotel brands, and management companies, real estate developers, investment bankers and lenders, fund representatives as well as public and private hotel, tourism and convention agencies to come and THINC Africa with us. We’ll ensure that they leave having been challenged and learned something to help them grow their African hotel business,” says Smith.

Other speakers at the 2017 THINC Africa include Andrew McLachlan, senior Vice President Business Development for Africa and Indian Ocean at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group; Michael Collini, Vice President Development Sub Saharan Africa at Hilton; and Paul Ansah, Vice President International Hotel Development, Marriott International are some of the heavy-hitters from the global hotel brands who will be sharing their experiences and expertise. Top local speakers who’ll be sharing insights from their hugely successful home-grown brands include Sisa Ngebulana, CEO of Rebosis and Billion Group, Adrian Gardiner, Chairman of the Mantis Collection, Neil Bald, MD of AHA Hotels, Guy Stehlik, founder and CEO of BON Hotels and Neil Markovitz, MD of Newmark Hotels.

James Vos, MP and Shadow Minister of Tourism for South Africa, will be returning to address this year’s delegates by popular demand.

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