ASATA CONFERENCE 2017 | POWER IN UNITY

18- 20 May 2017, Sun City

ASATA Conference 2017

We embark on this year’s conference journey with the true belief that there is Power in Unity. Our power to influence as a collective, your power to influence as an individual takes centre stage in 2017, as external attention, regulations and influence bring their weight to bear on on our industry.

We are a powerful industry – contributing more to South Africa’s GDP than gold – and our collective and individual voices count a great deal. They deserve to be heard.

And this will be our focus for conference – leveraging that power in a unified manner, amplifying our individual voices to ensure the success of our great industry.

As we develop the programme, we will update you on the content and speakers, but rest assured, you do not want to miss this one! The focus and format will be similar to previous years and we are confident that the networking, guest speakers and overall programme will be informative and valuable.

And with that in mind, I look forward to welcoming you to a revamped Sun City for some fun, networking and robust engagement with industry leaders!

Yours in travel,

Otto de Vries

Conference Programme
DAY 1: THURSDAY 18 MAY 2017
08h00 – 11h00 Board Meeting
11h00 – 12h00 Arrival / Registration
12h00 – 12h45 Lunch
13h00 – 13h20 Official Opening – Power in Unity

“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”

There is Power in Unity. Power in working together to face the
challenges imposed on us collectively. Power in standing up boldly
and influencing change when change is needed. Our theme of Power in
Unity is not incidental. It comes at a time when dynamic change and
strong leadership are needed to navigate a disrupted industry. Join
us in exploring the collective and individual power we have, to make
good things happen, not just for your own organisations, but for the
industry at large.

13h20 – 14h05 Beyond Leadership to Stewardship
Edward Kieswetter

“Unity… it starts with you. If not you, then who?”

Does your life have a higher purpose? As an industry leader, do you
consider yourself a Steward Leader? Edward Kieswetter has spent his
life analysing strong leaders who have a higher purpose and is
committed to the notion of a leader as a steward. He will inspire
and empower you to see the power you have and the contribution you
can make to the difference that is needed in our industry today.

14h05 – 14h50 The sum of all parts is greater than one

What magic can we create when we unite different parts of a puzzle
together and step back to see the same vision. In this exercise,
there are no brands, no titles, no managers – we are the same,
working together to achieve the bigger picture.

14h50 – 15h15 Tea Break
15h15 – 16h00 We all stand together
Wayne Duvenhage (OUTA)

A familiar face in the travel industry, OUTA’s Wayne Duvenhage
ditches his battle armour for the day and tells us how his
organisation has been leading the charge against all manner of
consumer protection quests, including the battle against eTolls,
Eskom and more recently, the SABC. Wayne Duvenhage talks about the
journey of standing together and impacting real change.

16h00 – 16h45 Actions speak louder than words
Facilitated by: Monique Swart ABTA

It’s time to walk the talk and stop sitting back and listening.
During our round table session, Monique explores with you how do we
can do unity better as an industry, grow it and impact real change?
This is about envisioning the big picture and devising practical
ways in which unified and individually we can effect this change.

16h45 – 18h30 Hotel check-in and freshen up
18h30 – to late Evening Function
DAY 2: FRIDAY 19 MAY 2017
08h55 – 09h45 The up side of down
Bruce Whitfield

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Award-winning financial journalist, Bruce Whitfield, takes you on a
roller-coaster ride through 50 years of South African history to
provide some context to today’s troubles. Nenegeddon was not the
end. What felt cataclysmic at the time of Nhlanhla Nene’s firing in
December 2015 is actually a catalyst for change – a slow and painful
catalyst – but a catalyst nevertheless. And yet, tenacious,
self-reliant South Africans continue to rise above it despite the
noise and the chaos over more than five decades.

09h45 – 11h00 What’s your pain?

Facilitated by: Natalia Rosa Big Ambitions

“A problem well put is half solved.”

VAT, government regulations, transformation, visa
requirement changes, shared economy’s… The list is endless.
Our Industry is changing constantly.  There are disrupters
moving in and commissions moving out.  But you are not
alone!  What’s important is sustainability, and is there a
better way to withstand than to unite?  In session one lets
define what the issues are and begin tackling them as a collective……
but we promise it won’t end there!

11h00 – 11h30 Tea Break
11h30 – 12h30 What’s your pain?
Facilitated by: Natalia Rosa Big Ambitions
“You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.”

Haven’t you heard 2 brains are better than 1!  Let’s
see how well all the best brains in Industry work together?  In
round 2, we find practical ways in which the agreed matters
affecting your business can and should be resolved through unity and
individual action. This is your opportunity to get through the
obstacles affecting your business by brainstorming with your peers.

12h30 – 13h15 Lunch
13h15 – 14h15 Breakaway Session 1
South African Tourism

Margie Whitehouse, Chief Marketing Officer South African Tourism

Local is lekker for some, and why shouldn’t it be for you
too? Learn more about why selling domestic travel can be a great
benefit to your organisation.

Breakaway Session 2
Regulation Framework

Elizabeth de Stadler and Rianne Potgieter, EXP Group

The word ‘regulation’ has a tendency to put a lot of us off, but
increasingly more as an industry we are recognizing that we don’t do
it, someone else will. ASATA has commissioned a study looking into
what a regulated industry looks like and what would need to happen
for the travel industry to become (self) regulated. Big decisions
need to be made.

15h00 Afternoon activity hosted by South African Tourism

It’s time to ditch the speeches and presentations and go on an
adventure in the North West with South African Tourism. We’re not
stealing any of their thunder here, but with one of South Africa’s
finest game parks and the entertainment capital of the North West in
our ‘hood, you can imagine it will be a memorable one!

18h30 Evening Function
DAY 3: SATURDAY 20 MAY 2017
08h30 – 09h30 Breakaway Session 1
South African Tourism
Margie Whitehouse, Chief Marketing Officer South African Tourism

Local is lekker for some, and why shouldn’t it be for you too? Learn
more about why selling domestic travel can be a great benefit to
your organisation.

Breakaway Session 2
Regulation Framework
Elizabeth de Stadler and Rianne Potgieter, EXP Group

The word ‘regulation’ has a te§§ndency to put a lot of us off, but
increasingly more as an industry we are recognizing that we don’t do
it, someone else will. ASATA has commissioned a study looking into
what regulated industry looks like and what would need to happen for
the travel industry to become (self) regulated. Big decisions need
to be made.

09h30 – 10h30  NewGenISS and you

Janaurieu D’Sa, Area Manager for Southern Africa and Otto de Vries, ASATA CEO

If you haven’t heard about NewGenISS in the last year, you would greatly
benefit from attending this Open Mic session between IATA and ASATA
to talk about NewGenISS Agency Accreditation models, IATA EasyPay,
Global Default Insurance and Risk Management. A pilot of all these
NewGenISS components will start in 2017 and these will have an impact on
your business. Take this opportunity to ask your questions and learn more
about this initiative.

10h30 – 11h00 Tea Break
11h00 – 11h45 Professional Designations for Travel Consultants

One of ASATA’s brand values is professional service and the journey
to recognising the industry’s professionalism and subsequent accreditation
of ASATA by SAQA has been a long one, but its conclusion appears imminent.
In this panel discussion we unpack the importance of recognition and professional
designation, the role of SAQA and what accreditation means for ASATA
and the wider industry. We also take a look at the new ASATA Professional Programme.

11h45 – 12h00 And that’s a wrap

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”

A new journey of growing the industry as a unified force
starts today – the minute we leave this room, inspired by the
knowledge that as an individual each one of us can make the
difference this industry needs and together we can achieve a Big
Hairy Audacious Goal.

12h00 – 13h00 Lunch
Conference Packages

Delegate Package (ASATA Travel Agents, Suppliers and Wholesalers)

Single room per person          –          R10 200.00

Double / Twin per person      –          R8 000.00

Extra Nights

Single room per person           –          R2 780.00

Double / Twin per person       –          R1 560.00

Delegates Package Includes

  • 2 nights’ accommodation at The Palace. Check in 18 May – Check out 20 May.
  • Return airport transfers – Group transfers only.
  • All Conference facilities and guest speakers
  • Tea/Coffee during Conference days
  • Meals and drinks (soft drinks, wine & local beer) are included on the following days:

*Please note there may be a cash bar facility to cover spirits and other drinks from time to time.

18 May – Lunch & Dinner
19 May – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
20 May – Breakfast & Lunch

PRICE EXCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  • Personal transfers
  • All flights
  • Car hire
  • Extra nights
  • All activities (golf tournament, pre-/post tours and excursions)
  • All other extras of a personal nature such as mini-bar, telephone, laundry, spa treatment, etc.
  • Travel insurance

 

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Companion Package

(Must accompany a full paying delegate)     

Double / Twin per person          –          R6 000.00

Extra Nights

Double / Twin per person          –          R1 560.00

Package Includes

  • 2 nights’ accommodation at The Palace. Check in 18 May – Check out 20 May.
  • Return airport transfers – Group transfers only.
  • 2 x evening functions for non-delegates who accompany a full paying Conference delegate.
  • Regret no children under 18 years at evening function)
  • Meals and drinks (soft drinks, wine & local beer) are included on the following days:

*Please note there may be a cash bar facility to cover spirits and other drinks from time to time.

18 May – Lunch & Dinner
19 May – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
20 May – Breakfast & Lunch

PRICE EXCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  • Personal transfers
  • All lunches
  • Transfers for day delegates
  • All flights
  • Car hire
  • Extra nights
  • All activities (golf tournament, pre-/post tours and excursions)
  • All other extras of a personal nature such as mini-bar, telephone, laundry, spa treatment, etc.
  • Travel insurance

Packages for family and children available on request:

Please contact Hannie Erasmus at ASATA – hannie@asata.co.za

Sponsors and Partners

Sponsors

Terms & Conditions
REGISTRATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Registration and reservations will only be processed once all monies are paid in full.
Prices were correct as at 06 February 2017.
Prices are subject to change without further notice, and surcharges may be applied.
No-shows, no-refunds.
All payments to be made payable to Association of South African Travel Agents.
Substitution is permitted until 16 April 2017, thereafter a fee of R1 500 will be charged.
Refunds will only be processed after the event.
Registration closes on 20 April 2017.
Registrations received after 20 April 2017 will incur a late registration fee of R1 500.
All registrations received after 21 April 2017 will be on a request basis, subject to availability.
No credit will be given for any unused services.
ASATA reserves the right to refuse a registration of a Member to attend this Conference without having to provide a reason.
Delegates are reminded that only those delegates who have registered and paid are permitted to sleep, eat, drink or attend any of the functions. No outside visitors will be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made and agreed to by ASATA.


CANCELLATION POLICY

  • ALL cancellations must be received in writing.
  •  A 100% cancellations fee is applicable as of 31 March 2017.

RESPONSIBILITY AND CONFIRMATION OF REGISTRATION

ASATA will endeavour to ensure that your attendance at the Conference will be as comfortable as possible.  ASATA, any of its employees, Members of the Board, its appointed agents and/or sub-contractors, act on the basis that they attend to the arrangements of the Conference for the convenience of the delegates.  They perform all tasks on condition that, any Member or Members of its Board, its employees its appointed agents and/or sub-contractors, cannot be held liable for any loss, damage or inconvenience (however arising) experienced by delegates at the Conference; neither can they be held responsible for unforeseen partial or total cancellation of the event.  The programme is subject to change without prior notice.

CONTACT

Hannie Erasmus
hannie@asata.co.za
Tel: 011 293 0560      

Mobile: 076 626 5300

Golf Day Information

GOLF DAY INFORMATION
This year’s Golf Day will be held at the Gary Player Golf Course at Sun City on Sunday, 21 May, with the first Tee-off at 08h30
The Gary Player Golf Course, designed by Gary Player, is an 18-hole par-72 walking course, with a 5km running trail along the course.

The strength of this golf course lies in the fact that it doesn’t favour any particular shot, and provides the same result whether playing the forward or intermediate tees.

When construction of the Sun City Resort began in 1978, the decision was taken to build a golf course that would rival the best in the world. Today, in spite of stiff competition, the Gary Player Country Club is deservedly ranked as one of the most prestigious golf courses on the African continent.

PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL! Please note that the Golf Day bookings will be made on a strictly first-come first-served basis, so please book early.

  • Date Sunday, 21 May 2017
  • 4 Balls 10 x 4 balls (40 players)
  • First Tee-off time 08h30
  • Golf package per person: R685.00
  • This will include: Green Fee Halfway House lunch Strokesaver
  • Additional charge: Caddie Fee & Foundation Fee: R245.00 per person

Please note that no Golf Carts are allowed on the Gary Player Course.

In order to participate, please complete the Golf Day registration fields in the main conference registration form.

NB: You will be able to pay for your golf booking as part of your overall conference registration, to avoid having to make multiple payments.
CANCELLATION POLICY: If player is a “no-show”, entry fee is non-refundable. 100% cancellation fee

Registration

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CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Edward-Kieswetter

EDWARD KIESWETTER

Edward Kieswetter is a life-long leadership scholar and practitioner who has a deep conviction that leadership is an inordinate privilege and has service as its ultimate purpose.

Formerly Group Chief Executive of Alxeander Forbes, Edward has over 30 years’ experience in various leadership positions in academic, public sector and private sector roles, and has consciously and mindfully referenced robust scholarly works on human behavior and leadership, along with actual real-time leadership practice, to develop his own personal leadership model and leadership brand.

Edward’s leadership practice is based on a strong SERVICE and HIGHER PURPOSE orientation. In line with a strong service orientation, Edward is an ardent commitment to the notion of the LEADER as a STEWARD.

BRUCE WHITFIELD

Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading financial journalist, Bruce Whitfield presents The Money Show with on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk.

Bruce’s broader journalistic achievements have been applauded in three tightly contested, consecutive Sanlam competitions. His work in radio, television and print has also been recognised by financial services group Citadel and global banking group Citibank which named Bruce its South African financial journalist of the year.

In addition to his radio duties, Bruce covers banking and insurance for weekly business magazine Finweek, writes an investment column for mens’ lifestyle magazine Best Life and presents a range of investment focussed programs on Summit TV.

AL PRODGERS

Al Prodgers is an international corporate entertainment MC and hilarious stand up comedian. He also specialises in using improvisation techniques and humour to get companies and people to “Lighten Up for a Change.”

He seamlessly includes relevant messaging, works to a brief accommodating special requirements (taking into account unique sensitivities) and is an effective corporate communicator.

With LiveWire Improv, Al collaborates with a small, hand-picked pool of experienced improvisation performers to meet specific client needs.