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TOURISM: CATHSSETA Conference Host for the 2014 Sports and Events Tourism Exchange


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CATHSSETA Conference Host for the 2014 Sports and Events Tourism Exchange

Committing its support for the third year running, The Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) has been confirmed as the exclusive conference host for the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) Conference and Exhibition, taking place at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) on the 29th and 30th October 2014.

CATHSSETA’s partnership is well aligned to this event as sports and events tourism is said to be one of the fastest growing tourism sectors in Africa. SETE is a dynamic business-to-business platform that is aimed at positioning South Africa as a sports and events tourism destination. It encourages collaboration between the sports, events and tourism industries who will highlight their product offerings to those carefully selected international hosted buyers and Southern African corporates attending. All invited attendees specialise in these sectors and are involved in the business of sports tourism and events or have a vested interest in bringing and doing business to and within South Africa.

Established under the Skills Development Act, CATHSSETA’s mandate is to contribute to developing and raising skills in the (amongst others) tourism, hospitality and sport economic sectors.

“We welcome any opportunity to commit our support for the efforts made to enhance our industry. Sport and Events, as a sector, contributes significantly to the economy of South Africa and acts as a major attraction and conduit to tourism. We look forward to our continued partnership with SETE in order to better understand the collaborations that can be built upon, the challenges we face and indeed the opportunities that exist here particularly as it relates to the skills requirements in this sector.” comments Mike Tsotetsi, CEO, CATHSSETA

Referring to the importance of partnerships and sponsorships, Mr Sugen Pillay, commercial director for the award winning Thebe Reed Exhibitions, the organisers of SETE, commented that they were thrilled to have CATHSSETA on board for another year. “Skills in the sector are key to the growth and development of more sports and significant events being held in our region. We need to ensure that we meet international standards in competencies and service delivery in order to attract incremental business and win bids for major events in our country,” said Pillay. “We are excited about this year’s event and building on each year’s conclusions and discoveries so that we can, together, with our partners ensure more visitors into South Africa and our neighbouring countries. That is what it is all about!”

The Sports and Events Tourism Exchange is hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, partnered by CATHSSETA, SASCOC, Tourism KZN and Durban Tourism, South African Airways, Tsogo Sun and supported by Durban KZN Convention Bureau and the exclusive broadcasting partner SABC Sport.

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