8 Rea­sons to At­tend THINC Africa 2017

30-31 Aug 2017 Cape Town

Tourism Tattler - - EDITORIAL - By Des Langk­ilde. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.thin­cafrica.hvs­con­fer­ences.com

1. Made for Africa.

Ex­pertly tai­lored by HVS, and ben­e­fit­ing from their ex­per­tise in host­ing premier ho­tel in­vest­ment con­fer­ences globally, THINC Africa is be­com­ing THE key con­fer­ence in this part of the globe.

2. Look Who’s Talk­ing.

Top hote­lier and hos­pi­tal­ity ex­pert speak­ers, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ers and both debt and eq­uity fun­ders. Here's some name drop­ping: Adrian Gar­diner (Chair­man, Man­tis Col­lec­tion); Tim Smith (Managing Di­rec­tor, HVS Cape Town), Stephen Claassen (Pro­vin­cial Head, FNB), James Vos (Shadow Min­is­ter of Tourism), Mike Collini (VP De­vel­op­ment SSA, Hil­ton Group), Roe­land Vos (CEO, Bel­mond), Dim­itris Manikis (VP Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, RCI Europe, Mid­dle East and Africa), and a lot more.

Click here for a full list of names.

3. In­dus­try Rel­e­vant Top­ics.

The fi­nal pro­gramme is still be­ing de­vel­oped, but so far top­ics in­clude: Launch of the HVS Ho­tel Val­u­a­tion In­dex; Fi­nance and other chal­lenges in Africa; Lead­ers' Ses­sion; Al­ter­na­tive Ho­tels; Global Ho­tel Mar­ket and Val­ues; The Evo­lu­tion of Man­age­ment Con­tracts; Debt Ses­sion; HR / Ed­u­ca­tional Ses­sion; Round Ta­ble Ses­sions – Coun­tries: Kenya, Mauritius, Mozam­bique; Im­prov­ing Cus­tomer Ex­pe­ri­ence; How to at­tract In­ter­na­tional Tourists. Click here to down­load the agenda.

4. Net­work­ing.

This two-day event is ex­pect­ing 200 del­e­gates, up from last year's 160, thus pro­vid­ing am­ple op­por­tu­nity to net­work with peers and busi­ness con­tacts, al­low­ing del­e­gates to dis­cover new and ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in this fast ex­pand­ing mar­ket.

5. Look, Lis­ten, Learn and En­gage.

Del­e­gates will leave the con­fer­ence hav­ing been chal­lenged and learned some­thing new. Au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion is en­cour­aged so del­e­gates can have their ques­tions and is­sues ad­dressed. Speak­ers are in­structed to ‘not be bor­ing or say some­thing that can be Googled' – peo­ple want opin­ions.

6. In­vest­ment Op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Dis­cover and ex­plore in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and op­tions in var­i­ous ter­ri­to­ries on the African Con­ti­nent (in­clud­ing Mauritius, Sey­chelles and Mozam­bique).

7. In­crease Rev­enues.

Op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth on the African con­ti­nent mean that hote­liers can gen­er­ate great rev­enues to ben­e­fit them­selves and lo­cal communities.

8. Recog­ni­tion.

The in­au­gu­ral THINC Africa Awards will hon­our and recog­nise the most out­stand­ing ho­tels, gen­eral man­agers and stu­dents in Africa. The awards are open to nom­i­nees through­out Africa and the nom­i­na­tion forms are avail­able on THINC Africa. Click here to en­ter the awards.

And fi­nally, you'll get to meet me! As an of­fi­cial me­dia parter to THINC Africa 2017, Touris­mTat­tler will be cov­er­ing the event – who knows, you may be men­tioned in our me­dia broad­casts.

If you missed the in­au­gu­ral Tourism, Ho­tel In­vest­ment and Net­work­ing Con­fer­ence (THINC) Africa event last year, then you do not want to miss the sec­ond con­fer­ence tak­ing place at the FNB Port­side Build­ing in Cape Town’s iconic V&A Waterfront precinct...

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