Friday 2 June, 14h30 | South African National Convention Bureau
Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo is the Chief Convention Bureau Officer of the South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) and was appointed in November 2011.
Amanda joined South African Tourism following a successful tenure at the Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau as head for six years. During this time she represented that organisation on the management committee of the Best Cities Global Alliance, and led it through a number of successful quality audits by Lloyds.
Amanda has more than 15 years of experience in the industry and has served as a Board member for the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI). Currently she serves on the ICCA (International Conference and Convention Association) Board and was elected as the ICCA Africa President.
Her experience and successes in promoting South Africa’s unique offering to the meetings, conferences and conventions industry have been critical as the country has formalised and streamlined its work around growing the number of business and other big events that it attracts and hosts. Amanda was appointed at a critical time, when South Africa looked to maintain its position as the leading business tourism destination in Africa, and as it works towards securing more meetings and large events in the years to come.
Her appointment and the establishment of the National Convention Bureau have worked to strengthen South Africa’s capacity in support of business tourism efforts to secure bids for major events and conventions, co-ordinating the functions between industry, bidding associations and sports federations.