The Chief Operating Officer [COO] of South African Tourism, Sthembiso Dlamini, has paid glowing tribute to the outgoing manager of the West African Region of South Africa’s tourism marketing organisation, Lehlohonolo Pitso.
Madam Dlamini said Hloni, as he could be known popularly, far exceeded expectations when he was appointed five years back to create the West African office of South African Tourism.
His leadership has not only helped to cultivate the true amount of tourists’ arrivals from West Africa to South Africa but has deepened the partnership between your two regions also.
The COO noted that the leadership of South African Tourism was pleased with the growth of arrivals from West Africa, which was as a result of effort that has been devoted by the Regional Office for West Africa and the support that Hloni and his team got from trade partners, South African Airways, the SA missions and the media.
She was speaking at a dinner held at the La Villa Boutique in Accra, October 31 to announce the departure of Hloni to the stakeholders of the tourism trade in Ghana, with whom he worked during his stay as the Regional Manager for West Africa.
According to her, Hloni’s work in West Africa was so remarkable he had been used as in head the South Europe Region, comprising France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, with the expectation he would grow that market as he grew the region of his last appointment.
The COO took the chance to introduce to the gathering and in addition, by extension, the travel and tourism community, the one who would dominate from Hloni because the manager of the West Africa office of South Africa Tourism.
Incoming manager of the West African Region, Thekiso Rakolojane, was described by the COO being an astute marketer with over a decade of experience with South African Tourism and had done a whole lot for the business at different levels through the period.