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Michelle Hinrichsen

President

Employment:
 Self Employed - Owner and Director of Iconique Brands.

After studying my BA Communication Science Degree I went straight into marketing positions with different corporates until I found my passion in the hospitality industry. I have been in the hospitality industry for the past 10 years always working in sales and marketing for leading brands, until I opened my own company Iconique Brands. I absolutely love the industry and love what I do.

I have hosted 4 Travelbags lunches for Cresta Hotels and one Travelbags lunch for African Sun Hotels, I have been a member of Travelbags since 2010 and I absolutely love being a part of Travelbags, I thoroughly enjoy the lunches and networking with the guests, I have made many new friends in the industry through Travelbags, plus it always brings such joy to my heart to see how charities benefit from these lunches. I am a true philanthropist and was voted SA Bachelorette in 2013 where I raised R120 000 for CANSA.

Tel: +27 82 961 3601 /
Email: Michelle@iconiquebrands.com

Kathleen Venner

Alternate Vice President

Employment:

Avis National Travel - Key Account Manager

My current position is within the Travel Sales Department as the National Key Accounts Manager responsible for the Travel Consortiums in South Africa.

I have been in the Travel industry for more than 20 years of which 15 of these have been with Avis Rent a Car. Avis has been my business university gaining core competencies to equip me to handle all in my working career.

In addition I have worked for Rennies and CWT as new business Sales and had the opportunity of owning my own company and travelling abroad with the International inbound markets.

I love the travel industry and to be part of the Travelbags team will most certainly give me the opportunity and assist me in giving back to this industry and serving the community.

Tel: 011 923 3618 / 082 326 36 95 /
Email: kathy.venner@avisbudget.co.za

Tanja Du Toit

Vice President

Employment:

Car Hire Brokers - National Sales Manager

Since 1991, I've entered the Travel and Tourism Industry as an Air Hostess and Hotel Representative. Since 2000, I've started my career with the Imperial Group as a Sales Executive for Tempest Car Hire. After several years working my way up as a Key Account Manager and was later appointed as a National Sales Manager for Car Hire Brokers formally known as Holidays Autos.

Professional Summary
Detail-oriented Car Rental Agent with a history of excellent customer service reviews. Adapt in interacting with customers, maintaining ongoing customer relationships and efficient processing of customer rental agreements and contracts.

Objective
My objective in the Car Rental Industry is to focus on sales and client relations.

Profile
- I've got 24 years of experience in the travel industry, able to analyse and identify future trends, and provide competitive market related car rental packages to clients and travel agencies.
- I'm highly organised and enthusiastic, able to prioritize effectively to accomplish multiple tasks and complete projects under pressure.
- I'm skilled in cultivating excellent relationships with both clients and colleagues
- I have lifelong love for the travel industry and the cultural and educational insights it provides.
- I also have extensive knowledge of Car Rental business solutions throughout South Africa
I've got an intensive passion and love, dealing with people in the industry, business and socially. Travelbags is one of my favourite get-together's with clients, where we share laughter and ideas to help others in needs.

I will gladly accept to be part of such an organisation who cares about others. Tel: Tel: 011 657 600 Cell: 072 483 8737 /
Email: Tanja@chb.co.za

Chey Aucamp

Club Secretary

Club Responsibilities: Club Secretary

Megan Alves

Without Portfolio

Megan Alves – Employment ; African Chapter Tours Director

I was exposed to a working world as a young girl with entrepreneurial parents. I enjoyed working within hospitality services while I completed various studies in photography, tourism and then later law. Having been one of the founding members of African Chapter has led to various projects in the travel world including wildlife destinations, conservation of heritage, cultural and environmental aspects within the industry and beyond. I am also a member of the Tourism Collective which provides strategic tourism resources to the industry as well as hold a consultancy position with Fair Trade in Tourism.

Making a difference is important and having a platform such as Travelbags to contribute towards, motivates all to continue supporting where we can. Travelbags have already achieved great successes and I look forward in participating towards the positivity.

Tel: (012) 941 2033 / 082 903 6910 /
Email: info@africanchapter.co.za

Lindi Mthethwa

Without Portfolio

I completed my Bsc in Information Systems degree in 2003 and hold a National Diploma in Marketing Management. I have been in the Hospitality and Tourism industry for 13 years, starting my career at Sandton Convention Centre, then moving to various units within Tsogo Sun Group in the Sales departments. In 2010 I was head hunted by my current employer African Sun Hotels as Sales Manager and grew to be promoted to senior role with my current capacity of Regional Sales & Reservations Manager, heading the Sales and Central reservations team in SA. Implementing group strategy and driving local and international sales and targets, revenue management, reservations and online channels.

I've got great passion and love for the industry, dealing with people in the industry, business and socially. Travelbags team will most certainly give me the opportunity and assist me in giving back to this industry and positively contributing to various charities.

I’m Inspired, motivated, well spoken, confident and professional. Vision and purpose driven. Great Sales acumen allows me to sell ideas and influence decisions. I have gained practical experience in Strategic Planning and Implementation. I am also a good team player, team builder and team leader with good educational and conceptual grounding. I believe this would be a perfect platform for me to give back to the community.

Tel: (010) 003 0074 / 082 672 7933 /
Email: Lindim@africansunhotels.com

Bettina O'Grady

Without Portfolio

Employment :- Owner of Bettina Cafe' at Brynston Organic Market. Freelance Food and Decor Stylist for magazines Freelance private chef for Game Lodges.

After studying Tourism at Witwatersrand Technicon I worked at All Travel Services , Kuoni Travel , ISE Ski Club Verbier Switzerland , Holiday Tours, Qantas Airways , Australian Tourist Commission and Tourism Johannesburg.

My journey with Travelbags started in 1986 joined the committe for six years . Went with the committe to Greece to the International World Travel Organization . I had the most wonderful time on the committe. Hard work and fun . I then yearned To start a creative path , working for magazines and opening my Coffee Shop 7 july 2005.I missed Travelbags and therefore wish to contribute to this wonderful organization again as I see great networking luncheons which contribute to the wellbeing of many charities.

I am honored to be on the committee. Looking forward to making a difference.

Tel: / Email: bettinacafe@icloud.com

Talitha Spykerman

Without Portfolio

I can assist Travelbags with the development and implementation of a traditional or digital marketing plan to grow the group within the SA Travel industry. Use my knowledge and skills to allow Travelbags to become the leading networking association in the industry. Use my well established network to encourage more participation in Travelbags events and maximise the contributions to the selected charities

Angelique Van Der Merwe

Without Portfolio

Marketing Manager – De Hoek Country Hotel

Currently managing the marketing for De Hoek Country Hotel in Magaliesburg. Passionate about the industry and marketing this magnificent 5 star property.

After finishing my National Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management in 2005, I have been employed at various 5 star properties enjoying sales and marketing immensely.

In addition I have also recently completed my online digital media and marketing course through UCT and GetSmarter. I am also an avid fan of charity events and a cupcake angel for Kids with Cancer.

I would love to be part of the Travelbags team purely because I love people and this would be the perfect opportunity to serve my fellow travel colleagues.

Tel: (014) 577-9600 / 082 780 4971 /
Email: celebrate@dehoek.com

Mariska

Without Portfolio

I am an independent marketing and sales professional with vast experience in the Aviation, Travel Trade & Events Industry.

I am a passionate, hardworking marketing and sales individual with vast experience in the eventing, travel trade and aviation industries. I believe that with the right team of people, correct guidance and being passionate about your product you can achieve any goalpost.

Experience
Owner at Travel Marketing Solutions (PTY) Ltd

August 2015 - Present (10 months)

I am a Freelance marketing professional providing flexible and affordable marketing services and support to small and medium sized businesses. With over 10 years Marketing & Sales Management experience working with both B2B and B2C organisations across a range of Travel, Aviation, Tourism industries. I offer help with all aspects of marketing including planning, communications and PR, social media, digital marketing, and event management, as well as promotional items with a for campaigns, roadshows and am also able to offer a flexible in-house service whereby I can act as your company's very own Marketing Manager for as long as you require.

Areas of Expertise:

• Online Marketing – Social Media Networking, Online Branding, Online Advertising.

• Marketing Strategy – Strategic Partnerships, Competitive Analysis, Market Research, Business Development.

• Product Marketing – Innovative Thinking, Marketing Management. New Business Development – Freelance business development and sales, Sales management, Sales process development & testing, High net worth sales, Testing and running marketing campaigns & strategies.

• Initiatives and Main Contributions - Implement marketing initiatives, campaigns and strategies to promote products and brand name to potential customers. Initiate fresh marketing procedures to sell products at optimal capacity. Analyse various marketing tools, service and channels for initiating successful product marketing.

• Other Key Functions - Perform market research and interact with company teams to plan marketing strategies, budget, pricing and sales targets. Launch new products in press releases and at presentations.

• Organise events from small niche functions to big corporate product launches as well as exhibitions, road shows.

• Evaluate and monitor performance of product on the market. Work with operations and sales teams to clarify and solve difficulties involved in the products and their sales.

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