Africa Travel Week

I love the industry

Lee-Anne Kurtz, the Sales Manager Taj Cape Town and truly passionate about the travel industry. “I love travelling and exploring and helping people plan their holidays. We enjoy going on road trips with our daughters and exploring our own country. I also enjoy trail running with my dog in the Winelands where we live”. 

Where did your love for travel start?  
In High school I always wanted to travel and worked in a travel agency on weekends dreaming of all the countries I was going to visit.       

Why do you enjoy working in the industry?  
I love the industry, the like-minded people you meet and the constant learning and exploring.     

What is your favourite destination/place to visit and why?  
Seychelles, we sailed on yachts with friends. I am a beach baby and love snorkelling and diving.   

Tell us about one of your most memorable travel experiences and why it stands out.  
Thailand on my Honeymoon, we rented a car and drove from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and ended up in a little rural town in the mountains called Pai. We didn’t want to leave; I would love to take my kids there one day.  

Give us a travel tip you don’t think anyone else gives… or that isn’t given enough.  
I always chat with the concierge and find out which clubs and restaurants they go to, I try and avoid tourist places.   

Based on the five senses and thinking about travelling what do you… 

  • Like to see: Beautiful scenery. Could be a beautiful old city centre, an African Sunset or sunrise over the Ocean.   
  • Like to taste: Mediterranean Cuisine (Gluten-Free)   
  • Like to feel: The Sun  
  • Like to hear: The Countries – Energy and Music  
  • Like to smell: The Ocean  

Tell us something about yourself that no one else knows 
While working in a Travel agency during the day in London, at night I worked at a Pizza place with South Americans who were studying English. I fell in love with their energy, music, language and South America has always remained on my Wanderlust, I have been to Buenos Aires and would love to go to Brazil.

Lastly, what do you love about Africa Travel Week (WTM Africa) and what are your sentiments on the evolution of trade shows being part virtual?  
Connecting with new buyers and reconnecting with existing buyers, the interesting webinars. Virtual works for us now, however, I cannot wait for in-person events.   

Africa Travel Week

Africa Travel Week (ATW) focuses on inbound and outbound markets for general leisure tourism, luxury travel, LGBTQ+ travel and the MICE/business travel sector as well as travel technology. Shows include: ILTM Africa, WTM Africa, EQUAL Africa, ibtm AFRICA, Travel Forward, Sports & Events Tourism Exchange and African Tourism Investment Summit.