ABOUT US

South African Travel Womens club was founded in 1958, and it was the exclusively male clubs that were the fashion at that time that led to its formation. Constitutionally, this has remained unchanged since inception. Approx. 200 members benefit from monthly lunches, which provide excellent networking opportunities for women in the travel industry. These lunches also allow sponsors to market their products, directly to the travel industry on a one on one basis, and let’s not forget, money raised at these lunches are donated to the sponsors choice of charity.

OUR MISSION

To provide a Travel Industry forum for the purpose of networking and to promote a strong foundation of local and international contacts. Further, we aim to present a professional image of South African Women in travel on a local and International level. Men and women support our industry. Our lunch support from our male guests has increased over the years, hence why we decided to open our membership to a Top 100 on invitation only male members. If you are interested to join our Top 100 you can apply and we will consider all applications.

THE TEAM

Michelle Hinrichsen

President

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.

+27 63 070 7125 | Michelle@iconiquebrands.com

Megan Alves

Vice President

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.

(012) 941 2033 / 082 903 6910 | info@africanchapter.co.za

Josey Gregory

Alternate Vice President

Travel Counsellor

Growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa and travelling as an unaccompanied minor to my hometown, East London, ignited my passion for travel; as a cultural and cruise enthusiast, I love exploring exotic places throughout the world. I have been fortunate enough to work in the travel industry since 1990, including several airlines, (South African Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Ethiopian, Jet Airways, Qatar, Gulf and others), tour operators (Thompsons Tours, China Tours) and travel insurance (AIG) as my areas of expertise. Educated and trained in Hong Kong and Bahrain, in all aspects of the Tourism Industry and Sales & Marketing, led to negotiating and signing deals with Top clients in my career; Samsung, LG, Nissan, Toyota, Ford and American Express Global Mining to mention a few, whom I served well, at different stages in my travel career. I have travelled quite extensively to destinations such as Dubai, Ethiopia, India, Hong Kong, China, USA, Rwanda, Bahrain, escorting various groups (travel agents, corporate secretaries and PAs, school groups) on tours.

I have the privilege of operating my own Travel business as a freelance Travel Consultant; and my philosophy is to use my passion to help people make their travel dreams become a reality! Always eager to plan and book your Dream vacation, based on your individual needs and desires: my Mission is to provide a travel experience that exceeds expectations, is as seamless as possible, resulting in travel escapes that keep you coming back for more, turning special moments into memorable journeys!

JAG Milagro Travel was established in 2012 and is a proud member of the SWG consortium (SITA Worldwide Group). JAG Milagro Travel will always try and match, if not beat, the prices you will find online and you have the pleasure of working with an expert, available and ready to meet all your travel needs!

+27 82 496 5935 | josey.gregory@travelcounsellors.co.za | www.travelcounsellors.co.za/josey.gregory

Anel Ferreira

Secretary

I started my career as an air hostess with Gulf Air although I studied international politics at University of Pretoria. After my flying career I work in the hospitality industry where I discovered my entrepreneurial flair.

As an entrepreneur I have been running my own business (Mogul Muse) for the past 5 years that includes importation, marketing, sales and training. I am also a strategic partner for Princess D Menstrual cups, where my aim is to keep girls in school and help them build toward a better future.

Talitha Spykerman

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I have been an active member in the marketing field advancing my career to a Marketing Manager for 6 leading travel brands in South Africa (American Express Travel Services, Seekers Travel, Maties, Indojet, Travel.co.za & Worldwide Travel Brokers) to Head of Sales & Marketing for Hard Rock Cafe Johannesburg and starting a very successful traditional and digital marketing agency.
I am a result orientated individual and have constantly exceeded my targets.
My passion for marketing, business development and retention as well as my loyalty, ability to work as a team player, motivate, lead and inspire my fellow team mates and clients guarantees me being a strong asset to any team.

talitha@travelbags.co.za | andstuff.studio

Kamala Douglas

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While building my career from event organisation to hotel management, I have completed various studies from sales skills, environmental management, HR and digital marketing. I now run a business providing comprehensive branding solutions to my clients in the travel world covering all aspects of branding to hotels, lodges, transportation and much more. I am also part of a few associations where women work together to assist various charities, develop female leaders for the future and support each other in business.

Travelbags is an inspiration to all in the travel industry and is a fantastic platform for us to support each other. I look forward to being part of this exciting initiative where we can all grow within the travel world and at the same time help support those in need.

Natasha Petersen

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I have been working in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and proud to have been part of some prestigious properties in Johannesburg such as the Saxon Boutique Hotel and the Westcliff Hotel.

I am driven by service excellence and customer satisfaction. Possessing a wealth of management experience and accomplished in training to provide a high level of customer service. My hands-on approach brings increased standards and profits and has equipped me with the tools and discretion required to provide a high level of customer service.