The Cape Town Tourism (CTT) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Julie-May Ellingson and Wahida Parker as Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, respectively.
Ellingson is Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and is an Urban and Regional Planner and Development Economist by profession. “I look forward to working with the management team in building on the success of Cape Town Tourism. Today’s tough economic conditions require us to be even more innovative in our approach and to use all resources at our disposal effectively. This includes twinning with other world-class destinations and the enhanced use of technology to the benefit of our members, who make Cape Town, the incredible destination it is,” she said.
Newly-elected Vice-Chairperson Wahida Parker is an admitted attorney, internationally accredited mediator and coach. Her leadership at one of the world’s most iconic attractions, Table Mountain, is focused on ensuring that all South Africans get to experience it at least once in their lives. “To be part of a dedicated team that has a single-minded approach to ensuring that Cape Town grows as a tourism destination is both exciting and daunting. I relish the challenge that this brings and look forward to enhancing the offering to the membership and Cape Town in general. The key to our success lies in building relationships that have the greater good in mind rather than pursuing personal agendas,” she said.
“Both Ms. Ellingson and Ms. Parker have successful track records as respected tourism leaders committed to future forward thinking in response to our evolving industry. We are indeed fortunate as Cape Town Tourism to have committed, passionate and high-calibre business executives like them leading us into the future,” said Enver Duminy, CEO of CTT.