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Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism in the spotlight this Tourism Month

Aug 31, 2018
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism in the spotlight this Tourism Month

September is Tourism Month and Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) will embark on its various activities to celebrate this special month in our industry.

This is the month where, together with the rest of the world, the agency creates awareness about tourism and its impact on destinations. This year’s theme is aligned to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s, (UNWTO) and is Tourism and the Digital Transformation. This is an opportunity to encourage locals and visitors to engage the world about Nelson Mandela Bay using various digital platforms.

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism’s Information services are ready to service visitors during this busy month and a hop-on-hop-off bus has been organized to conduct city tours and township experiences for visitors from 29 August to 4 September. The Bay’s citizens are also invited to join the 1 hour Route 67 walks every Saturday with a local tour guide.

In addition to this themed month of international activities, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism is ushering in a new era of leadership and bidding farewell to their current CEO Mandlakazi Skefile to welcome Glenton de Kock.

“Mandlakazi has served NMBT for almost nine years and has elevated our city’s tourism through her ambassadorial leadership. This is evident in the international relationships she has built for the benefit of tourism in our city. September is an important month for the Agency and therefore we had to insist that she stay to oversee September’s crucial tourism calendar and activities. The most important being NMB’s hosting of Ironman 70.3 World Championships on 1 and 2 September where approximately 16 000 visitors will descend on our shores.” Said NMBT Board Chairperson Buli G Ngomane.

Glenton de Kock emerged as the preferred candidate in an interview process which engaged the city’s leadership in a 9 member panel which included NMB Business Chamber CEO, Nomkhita Mona; NAFCOC President Nceba Faku; BMF Chairperson Glenda Perumal; MBDA CEO Ashraf Adams as well as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality COO Mr Mzwakhe Clay amongst others.

"It's an honour to accept this post of CEO with humility and appreciation. I look forward to using the transformative power of travel and tourism to help catapult a significant economic driver for Nelson Mandela Bay, its residents and its businesses forward.

"Nelson Mandela Bay with its wonderful people and unrivalled potential is a special place, with enormous tourism destination growth opportunities. As incumbent, I plan to focus my first 100 days on setting the roadmap with the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism team as to how we will deliver our agreed strategic objectives and tactical plans, while driving a stakeholder centric dialogue approach, whilst simultaneously enhancing the metro collaboration for the tourism sector from the onset. My predecessor Mrs Mandlakazi Skefile, has been a source of inspiration and expertise and I wish her well in her future endeavours," De Kock said.

Glenton had refined his Public and Private Sector Strategic Management Skills during his tenure as Managing Director of Tourism Buffalo City (covering East London, King Williams Town and Bhisho) where he led and delivered the city’s USAID funded Tourism Master Plan and initiated the city’s Sports Tourism Strategy.

As the Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Cape Tourism Board, which is now The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA), Glenton drove the implementation of the provincial strategy with a dedicated focus on building a stronger working relationship with the province’s private sector at various industries and consumer marketing levels.

As an Associate Director at KPMG he led the Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism Unit for Africa and South Africa where he led the team who re-developed the country’s accommodation grading systems that is still being used by the South African Grading Council before moving onto Grant Thornton in a similar position.

His most recent position as Project Manager at the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber ensured that Business embraces its civil society role by driving a holistic approach which enables business within the Metro to work towards long-term sustainability, through projects such as the Nooitgedaght Low Level Water Scheme and the re-activation for the much needed Addo Road refurbishment.

In his spare time he is the President of the Nelson Mandela University Football Club, served briefly on the board of the Community Chest, and is a budding golfer.

Normal destination marketing work will also be carrying on as NMBT will be participating on a Roadshow to North America as well as the Johannesburg Getaway show.

“In order for a smooth transition to take place as well as ensure that the demanding month produces gold we have ensured that there is a handover period in which there can be shared pressure amongst the team in order to facilitate a smooth transition into October and beyond under new leadership.”