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Tiffany Vos-Thane, Chief Operating Officer – Rovos Rail Tours 

I grew up travelling on Rovos Rail as my parents founded the company and worked tirelessly to make it what it is today. I am a hospitality enthusiast and have worked in tourism for 18 years. I lived in London for eight years, worked for some incredible hotel groups, and collaborated with fantastic people.

I am lucky to be part of my incredible family business, Rovos Rail. My family loves to travel, drink delicious wine and try all kinds of food. We have a 17-month-old daughter, Noa, and will be adding a baby boy to the family in February 2023. I love the Obamas, Ellen DeGeneres, Harry Potter and Michael Jordan!  

Q & A with Tiffany:

Where did your love of travel begin?  

I travelled through Africa by train as a child. When I was nine years old, my parents took us on a train trip through the USA, which increased my love of travel even more.  

Why do you like working in this industry?  

Every day is different because you work with staff on operational processes and challenges, have contact with guests and make contacts with industry colleagues.  

What is your favourite destination/place to visit and why? 

Greece – It is beautiful, warm, delicious food, and it is so family-friendly. 

Tell us about one of your most memorable travel experiences and why it’s special: 

I travelled to Bali with my boyfriend, some family members and best friends. He whisked me away to Ubud for a night and proposed. We stayed at the Hanging Gardens of Bali; one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever seen.  

Share a travel tip that you don’t think anyone else gives … or that isn’t given often enough.  

Keep an open mind and go with the flow. There’s little point in getting worked up over things you have no control over. 

 Starting from the five senses and thinking about travel, what do you…  

  • Like to see:  People dancing  
  • Like to taste: Delicious food  
  • Like to feel: Beautiful bed linen and bathrobes  
  • Like to hear: Local birds or local music  
  • Like to smell:  Patisseries baking  

Suggestions for resources for other travel and tourism stakeholders. Are there any websites, publications, podcasts, thought leaders you can recommend, or newsletters we should subscribe to?  

Listen to international podcasts, e.g., The Daily (NY Times); Skift Report; follow interesting people/companies on Linked-In; subscribe to SA tourism updates; SATSA updates.  

Tell us something about yourself that no one else knows.  

My father is one of my favourite people.  

What do you like about Africa Travel Week (WTM Africa), and what do you think about the development of virtual trade shows?  

It’s an excellent platform for face-to-face interaction with new and existing clients – that is a highlight for me. There are so many networking opportunities. 

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.