GTTP SA is advised and governed by a board of high level representatives from Government and the private sector.
This Governing Board supports the GTTP SA in three annual meetings where the members advise the programme on strategy, projects, resources, fundraising and educational support.
Standing from left to right: Cindy Chaplin; Joel Stransky ; Joerg Limper
Seated from left to right: Lynette Carrington ; Darryn Von Maltitz ; Lisa Gordon-Davis ; Lee-Anne Bac
Some of the members of the Governing Board are profiled below:
SHERATON HOTEL PRETORIA
Sheraton Hotels and Resorts is the ‘flagship’ brand of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide which is a hospitality ownership and management organisation, as well as a global partner of the GTTP and GTTPSA. Joerg Limper started at the bottom of the hotel industry and worked his way up, and is now the new General Manager of the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria. He trained as a chef and a hotel manager, and worked in hotels in Germany, England, the USA, Korea, Thailand, Jamaica, the Maldives, and Egypt. The position of GM of the Sheraton Pretoria is his first job in South Africa.
Joel Stransky is the Chief Executive Officer of Hertz. The Hertz franchise was acquired in 1950, and in 1986, as a result of political pressure, Hertz USA supported the disinvestment of Hertz in SA and Imperial bought all Hertz assets. In 1994 the new political dispensation in South Africa opened the door’s for Hertz return and Hertz returned to SA in 1997 at the invitation of Mr Nelson Mandela. By 2004 Hertz had shown significant year on year growth and holds the number 4 Industry position. In 2008, Unitrans Automotive purchased 100% shareholding in Hertz and they now sit under the Steinhoff Group.
SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM
South African Tourism is the national tourism agency responsible for marketing South Africa as a destination internationally and domestically. It promotes South Africa generically in terms of its unique selling points as an all-season, year-round preferred tourist destination.
Bulelwa Seti is the Chief Directorate of Tourism Industry Promotion at the National Department of Tourism. Her responsibilities within the department include managing product and enterprise development, facilitating development of tourism infrastructure projects, managing sector transformation, and providing comprehensive administrative and operational support service.
GRANT THORNTON STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS
Lee-Anne Bac is a director of the Grant Thornton research-based consulting service line and is a strategic research expert. She joined Grant Thornton in 1997 and was appointed a director in 1999.
Lee-Anne is responsible for feasibility studies, business plans, economic and social impact assessments, business valuations, market and social research, human resource development strategies, skills needs and demand assessments, property consulting and strategic management consulting.
AMADEUS SOUTHERN AFRICA
Amadeus, a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, and a global partner of the GTTP, appointed Peter Long as General Manager for Amadeus Southern Africa in 2007. Peter has a proven track record in successfully developing and expanding the Amadeus business in the market. He joined Amadeus in 2003 as Executive Manager Sales and Marketing and has been closely associated with the travel and hospitality industry throughout his career. With more than 26 years of work experience he has a great understanding of the local market; it is this expertise which he will bring to the Amadeus business in Southern Africa.
AMERICAN EXPRESS – TOURVEST
Tourvest is the leading tourism company in Southern Africa and consists of three distinct divisions: Inbound Tourism Services, Travel and Financial Services, and retail merchandising. A division of Tourvest Holdings (pty) Ltd is American Express Travel Services (AMEX) which is also a global partner of the GTTP. Maria Watkins is involved in the Tourvest Training Academy.
GAUTENG DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Cheryl Weston is the Provincial Cordinator for Tourism, Hospitality and Consumer Studies in Gauteng. The Departments vision is to ensure quality learning take place in every classroom, and that every learner does well at school and leaves Gauteng institutions with the knowledge, skills and qualifications that will give them the best chance of success in adult life.
FORMER TTP PROGRAMME DIRECTOR
DARRYN VON MALTITZ
Darryn von Maltitz is the former TTP programme director and the former programme manager of the NBI (National Business Initiative) where she managed the tourism skills audit project on behalf of DEAT and THETA. She completed her honours degree in Industrial Sociology at the University of Cape Town in 1990. She also completed the Management Advanced Programme with distinction at Wits University in 1999. She is now employed by the National Department of Education but is a member of the GTTPSA Advisory Committee in her personal capacity.