Women in hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try recog­nised

The Herald (South Africa) - - BUSINESS - Za­man­dulo Malonde mal­on­dez@ti­soblack­star.co.za

A POS­I­TIVE at­ti­tude is what speak­ers at the sec­ond Cel­e­brat­ing Women in Hos­pi­tal­ity Gala Din­ner stressed on Sun­day as be­ing es­sen­tial in the pur­suit of suc­cess­ful busi­ness.

The Sum­mer­strand Ho­tel was filled with el­e­gantly dressed women – and a few men – who work in the hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness.

Guest speak­ers shared words of ap­pre­ci­a­tion and en­cour­age­ment of the women who work be­hind the scenes in the city’s tourism in­dus­try.

The an­nual event is the brain­child of for­mer cleaner-turned-busi­ness­woman Francine Zana, who said she ini­ti­ated it to give the women a taste of what it was like to get dressed up and be served for a change.

Zana owns Ex­clu­sive Hos­pi­tal­ity Con­cepts, a con­sult­ing com­pany cater­ing for ho­tels, B&Bs and pri­vate homes.

“The event is aimed at the women work­ing be­hind the scenes every day in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try, who would not oth­er­wise have the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend such evenings,” Zana said.

Nel­son Man­dela Bay Tourism chief ex­ec­u­tive Mand­lakazi Ske­file com­mended Zana for the event and the women for the hours of labour they put into serv­ing guests, say­ing the in­dus­try would not be what it was without them.

“The Nel­son Man­dela Bay tourism in­dus­try is con­tribut­ing about R17-bil­lion to our GDP and sus­tain­ing about 38 000 jobs.

“It is the sec­ond big­gest in­dus­try af­ter the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try and you are [its] heart­beat and we value your hard work,” Ske­file told the women.

Other speak­ers were Blun­den Tours owner Shaun Blun­den, Old Mu­tual re­gional man­ager Mathapelo Siphamla, My Pond Ho­tel gen­eral man­ager Sisonke Ma­puma and Aphile Com­mu­ni­ca­tions chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Mthem­beni Te­belele.


HIGH PRO­FILE: Mand­lakazi Ske­file ad­dresses the Cel­e­brat­ing Women in Hos­pi­tal­ity event

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