Glenton De Kock Appointed as SAACI CEO

Event Africa Contributor 02/09/2019 Uncategorized

The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) has appointed Glenton De Kock as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Glenton De Kock’s appointment follows the recent resignation of Rudi van der Vyver, who has joined EPH Events.

Previously De Kock was Chief Executive Officer of Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, business support advisor for RV Footwear and project manager at the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber. He also has extensive experience as an independent hospitality, leisure and tourism consultant.

He holds a National Diploma in Sports Administration and Marketing and is enrolled for an MBA at the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan University Business School.

A Perfect Synergy

Kim Roberts, Acting Chairperson of SAACI says Glenton De Kock brings extensive knowledge of and experience in the tourism sector to the association. “I believe his appointment makes for perfect synergy and we look forward to working with him.”

“I am looking forward to engaging with the SAACI membership, our national strategic partners and the broader hospitality, leisure and tourism community,” says De Kock.

“I believe there is great scope to increase association meetings and enhance the return on investment for members, their trade shows and business events. I am keen to contribute to the growth and development of SAACI and business tourism in the coming years,” he says.

De Kock assumed his new position on 2 September 2019.

Read more: SAACI Chief Executive Officer Resigns

SAACI recently held its annual congress in Durban from 28- 30 July 2019. During the event, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Fish Mahalela said that during the 2018-2019 financial year, South Africa had a target of 105 submissions as part of their bidding support programme.

The 108 submissions included 94 meetings, incentives and conferences – representing a combined estimated economic impact of R2,4 billion – and 16 exhibitions with a combined value of R135 million. The submissions have a combined potential to generate 501 events days.

To date, 29 of the bids were converted into secured events with three lost to competing destinations and 61 still awaiting outcomes. More than 55% of these bid submissions were for association conferences and 30% for corporate meetings and incentives, dominated by the medical and life sciences sectors.

Read more in the SAACI Congress daily newspapers