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GAP - Can South African Tourism be Saved?

South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown has hurt the economy, but tourism, travel and hospitality have borne the brunt. How can this vital employer and generator of foreign exchange be brought back to life? Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro and Danny Bryer, Director of the Protea Hospitality Group, join Ray Hartley of The Brenthurst Foundation and Henning Suhr of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung to seek answers.

  • Danny Bryer 

    After a brief stint as an economist at Total Oil, Danny Bryer began his career with Protea Hotels in 1986. His appointment culminated in 1994 when he became a shareholder and member of the board of Protea Hospitality Group, in the capacity of Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management.  Protea Hotels today is now part of Marriott  International Hotels.
    He has been instrumental in the strategic development of the company with his key knowledge of the market and his ability to adapt to industry trends, and  has been influential in the establishment of Protea’s 3 brands, namely Protea Hotels, Fire and Ice and African Pride, and has ensured that these core brands remain recognised as the leading hospitality trademarks on the African continent.
    Danny pioneered the principle of Revenue Management Optimisation in the hotel industry in South Africa . Danny is also a lecturer to post graduate marketing students at the University of Cape Town, focusing on “creative thinking” and adapting to the ever changing world of information and technology.

  • Tim Harris

    Tim Harris is the CEO of Wesgro, the Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape. He previously served as Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister of Finance for the Democratic Alliance (DA).   Tim currently sits on the board of the Cape Town Film Studios and BPESA.

  • Henning Suhr


  • Danny Bryer

    Director, Hospitality Intelligence

  • Tim Harris

    CEO of WESGRO South Africa

  • Ray Hartley

    The Brenthurst Foundation

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