ILTM Africa Welcome

  • Held at the GOLD Restaurant, this year's ILTM Africa Welcome will set the scene for Africa Travel Week highlighting the opportunities across the continent and what Africa offers as a luxury destination, both currently and in the future.

    11:00 - 11:15

    Official opening by Carol Weaving, Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions South Africa

    11:15 - 11:20

    Address from Alderman JP Smith, CoCT MC for Safety, Security and Social Development

    11:20 - 11:25

    Alex Granger, Global Business Speaker will introduce our storyteller, Gcina Mhlope

  • 11:25 - 11:45

    Gcina Mhlophe is a well-known South African freedom fighter, activist, actor, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author. Storytelling is a deeply traditional activity in Africa and Mhlophe is one of the few woman storytellers in a country dominated by males. She does her most important work through charismatic performances, working to preserve storytelling as a means of keeping history alive and encouraging South African children to read. She tells her stories in four of South Africa’s languages: English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa.

    Since 1988 Gcina Mhlophe has been touring the world with her storytelling performances and workshops. With all her great work she has been receiving awards for preserving the art and heritage of African Storytelling. She started Nozincwadi Literacy Campaign and in 2001 and 2002 she started touring rural areas in South Africa promoting the importance of reading and started school libraries boxes. And since 2008 Nozincwadi have been conducting annual book festivals. In all that she does, Gcina Mhlophe continues to fly the South African flag high.

    With a lifetime of experience creating stories and characters, Gcina Mhlophe teaches us how to connect with our audience by telling authentic, true, engaging stories that bridge the gap between business and heart.

    Lunch will be served at 11:45

    Please note: transfers will be available to and from the GOLD Restaurant | Buyers will be picked up from the Vineyard Hotel at 10:00 | Exhibitors will be picked up from the CTICC at 10:30

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