The Wine & Food Tourism Conference, convened by tourism specialist Margi Biggs, will be headlined by trends analyst Dion Chang – promising a not-to-be-missed event for forward-thinking hospitality operators. “Dion’s topic at this year’s conference will focus on the trends that are shaping tourism in South Africa, with an in-depth look at wine and food tourism sector,” says Margi.

“With tourism in South Africa set to grow as per, and even outgrow, targets set by national and provincial government, based on proven growth figures over the past few years, we need to act now to ensure the wine and food tourism industry develops in an innovative yet sustainable fashion, creating more jobs and increasingly contributing a sizeable portion to especially the economy of the Western Cape.”

This is the fourth year that the Conference will be presented, creating an invaluable platform for participants to network, engage and keep abreast of what’s happening in South African wine and food tourism. “With the Wine & Food Tourism Conference, we aim to tap into the potential of food and wine tourism that’s still to be explored and deep-delved. We also seek to inspire while creating a space that allows for different stakeholders within the tourism industry to meet up, exchange ideas and do business together. We have a great African story to tell, and as an industry we need to come together to deliver this message through all we do, communicate and represent. What better way to do so than get the professional cage rattler, Dion Chang, to headline our conference!” says Biggs.

Other speakers at this year’s conference include successful entrepreneur, Alan Knott-Craig; celebrated South African chef, Bertus Basson; iconic furniture and interior designer, Haldane Martin; chairman of the board of the South African Sommelier Association (SASA), Barry Schofield; as well as Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris; and UK digital mastermind, Judith Lewis; to name a few.

The Conference will also host, for the first time, the Wine & Food Tourism Awards, with Jean-Pierre Rossouw as chairperson and overseeing judging in the three categories: Innovation, Service Excellence, and The Authentic South African Experience.

For more information on the Wine & Food Tourism Conference, click here

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