Crystal Events, Cape Town, South Africa
Crystal Events Africa is both a DMC and PCO and operates in several African destinations. I have been involved in hospitality and tourism for 33 years and was also a tourism grading assessor with SA Tourism previously. I spend a great deal of time training and developing business tourism around the continent. I am also a part-time lecturer in hotel and event management at the Tourism and Business Institute of South Africa (TTBISA)
I am a director of the African Tourism Leadership Forum of which the inaugural event took place in Accra, Ghana on 30 and 31 August 2018. It is our vision and mission to create a sustainable, annual event with the focus on improving and growing business tourism into Africa but also intra-Africa. We interact with various tourism bodies, governments and private sector to facilitate this event and to create dialogue to promote development across the continent.
Airlift is one of the biggest challenges that is hindering tourism in Africa although great strides have been made in recent times and we would like to see this improve vastly in the near future in order to increase airlift across Africa and to drive cost of air travel down.
In addition, I was President of SITE (Society of Incentive Travel Excellence) from 2012 till March 2018. I am passionate about Africa and would like to be instrumental in assisting the development of suitable incentive travel products and services in various regions on the continent.
By Tes Proos