Martin started out as a tour guide and bus driver for Welcome Tourism Services in the ‘80s. Due to his strong leadership skills, he enthusiastically moved up the ranks to GM, Divisional Director, and COO for Tourvest Inbound Operations.
Martin is now the Chief Executive Officer of Tourvest Destination Management and is a member of the Tourvest Executive committee. Martin’s wealth of knowledge and experience, coupled with his understanding of the business are well known and respected throughout the industry.
Martin is an avid scuba diver and skier, and says that he enjoys experiences over things.
“Some people spend their cash on things, I like to spend mine on experiences with my family”
Did you know: Our CEO is well travelled, and did 66 long haul flights in 2017, resulting in 208 160km travelled!
David is a chartered accountant by training and is responsible for the Tourvest Destination Management’s finance department, acquisitions, budgeting, tax and cash and asset management.
David enjoys fly fishing, playing poker, reading, and always is on the lookout for new restaurants. David is a cuisine connoisseur and enjoys experimental and creative cooking.
He lives by the philosophy that you must live each day to the full – enjoy and appreciate your family and always have a positive outlook on life – get rid of the “deadwood” and “negative influences” in your life – they will just drag you down – and life is too short to deal with them.
Sabine has been in the tourism industry for 30 years. Sabine completed an apprenticeship of 7 years in Germany, after which she relocated to South Africa in 1997. Sabine has been at Tourvest Destination Management for 23 years. She loves to travel and explore Africa in particular, and is also an avid student.
She is a qualified NLP practitioner, and is studying further in this field.
Thembi has a Communications Degree from the University of Fort-Hare.
Her tourism career took off in 1994, when she was appointed Public Relations Officer for O.R. Tambo International Airport (then known as Jan Smuts Airport).
She went on to become the first and youngest black female to manage an airport in South Africa, when she took over as Head of George Airport, in the heart of the Garden Route, Western Cape in 1997 after South Africa’s historic first democratic elections.
Thembi has since worked as an Executive at South African Tourism, the Tourism Grading Council, Cape Town Tourism as well as RETOSA (Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa – a SADC Body). Thembi acted as the CEO for Brand South Africa, the custodian of the nation’s brand prior to her appointment as Chief Operating Officer of Tourvest IME in Jul 2019.
Being appointed by the then Tourism Minister Martinus van Schalkwyk as the Founding Chairperson of the Lilizela Tourism Awards, and tasked with the responsibility of launching the South Africa’s inaugural premier tourism awards in 2013 was one of her industry highlights.
Martin is a commerce graduate from the University of Cape Town and held various positions in finance and marketing prior to joining Tourvest Destination Management. He started his career in tourism in 1997, at Welcome Tourism Services and has since moved through several roles within the company.
Martin served as a member of the SATSA National Executive Council for 2 terms (2014 -2016). His broad exposure and hands on experience ranges from IS Manager, Financial Director and Managing Director of Welcome Tourism Services. Martin’s passion for the tourism industry is as much personal as it is professional. His enjoyment of beautiful places, the fine arts, as well as passion for people, often intertwine work life and home life and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Paul has worked in the tourism industry for 15 years – and has spent all of those 15 years working at Sense of Africa, Namibia! Paul loves to travel for leisure and for work, and enjoys quality time with his family, and playing sports. He says that he “plays sport for winning – winning is everything!”
Paul is also unwittingly enthusiastic about old cars, claiming that “for whatever reason all my cars are old – Landrover shortwheel base 1975, Jeep Wrangler 2004 and Toyota Landcruiser 2004”.
Felicity, fondly known as Felix, has worked for Tourvest Destination Management for 19 years.
She has been in the tourism industry for 28 years and has had various sales, marketing and business development roles. She has an incredible passion for the industry and the country she lives in. Her idea of escapism is spending quality time with her husband and two children in the bush. She loves being a mom and a work/life balance is very important to her.
Her other pastimes include delicious food (especially of the Italian variety), excellent wine, and spending time in her garden. If she could have one person over for dinner it would be Richard Quest an English journalist and CNN International anchor.
Sumaiyah joined Tourvest Financial Services as HR Manager in 2007, and moved to Tourvest Destination Management in January 2014.
She doesn’t have much spare time between work, her family and her studies, but if she did, she would spend more time reading fantasy stories.
She has a passion for the travel industry, and the difference she can make in each new and old employee’s life. At the end of the day, Sumaiyah enjoys spending time with her family and would love to travel more.
Dieter is surprisingly not a born tech geek, but rather a CIO that evolved out of the travel industry and acquired his tech knowledge whilst working with real-world travel-related technology opportunities. Having trained and worked in Germany, and then drawn back to sunny SA, Dieter is passionate about Africa, especially its wildlife and landscapes. Boredom does not feature; in fact he’d be well off selling his couch, as there is no time to sit down with a vast array of interests ranging from aquariums, gardening, anything tech-related and travel to places which are remote and difficult to reach.
To Dieter, the travel industry, in combination with technology, is an extremely rewarding space, with a dose of mostly positive subject matters making up ‘a day’s work’.