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THUMBS UP FOR PROTEA HOSPITALITY GROUP NATIONAL WORKSHOP
Scores of travel professionals turned out in Cape Town last week to attend the Protea Hospitality Group’s National Workshop at African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa, where 53 hotels in the group were represented.
The National Workshop is held annually to give hotel General Managers and travel professionals a chance to interact personally, because the travel trade is the traditional lifeblood of the hospitality industry and plays an extremely important role from both the leisure and business travel perspectives.
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town GM Johan Cronje said the workshop was very productive. “The great location this year allowed an easier flow of visitors, which meant that we could spend more time with each agent,” he said. “Not only could we tell them all about our hotel, but there was enough time to discuss their wants and needs and that insight is invaluable.”
“We’re the new kids on the block, so there was a great deal of interest shown in our hotel, especially from the corporate market, and because of our location that is where our interest lies,” Stehlik said.
Leon Meyer, who has just taken over as GM of African Pride Hotels’ newest property, Arabella Hotel & Spa near Hermanus, said he was looking forward to the challenge of steering the magnificent property to even greater heights and the workshop was one way to do this.
Kerry-Lee Patmore, Cape Regional Sales Manager for Protea Hotels, said the National Workshop was always an exciting event. “From a sales perspective we get to speak to agents every day, but it’s not like the National Workshop when there’s a lot of time to interact is a more relaxed atmosphere. My TEAM takes away so muchand it is extremely valuable to have this one-to-one time with our travel industry partners,” Patmore said.