Welcome to the new Plett Tourism Board Members 

Plett Tourism CEO Patty Butterworth on Robberg Beach with Sabrina Love Angel Wings
Published: November 8th, 2022

Plett Tourism welcomes the new Plett Tourism Board Members

The Plett Tourism Association and the team at Plett Tourism would like to extend a warm welcome to the new board members and a sincere thanks to those who will continue to serve on the Plett Tourism Board.

The new Plett Tourism Board was voted in at the Plett Tourism AGM held at The White House on 31 August 2022. Board members are elected by a majority vote by the association’s members and sit for a three year period and function as guides and overseers of the activities, campaigns and projects of Plett Tourism. 

The newly elected board members to be welcomed include Linda Packwood of Plett Villas representing the self-catering accommodation portfolio. Packwood has been an active member of the tourism industry for twenty years and brings both experience and enthusiasm to the table. Our other new board member is Nicole Tunmer, Group Sales & Marketing Manager of The Liz McGrath Collection also with twenty years’ experience in sales, marketing and business development in the Garden Route. Plett Tourism and Plettenberg Bay is indeed fortunate to be guided by these highly experienced and skilled board members. 

There are several re-elected board members who have been voted in for another term.  Victor Zingwena of Lion Roars accepted his nomination and will serve a second term. Zingwena will represent guesthouses and bed & breakfasts, bringing more than ten years’ marketing experience in the tourism sector. Jaco Kruger of Offshore Adventures has also accepted his nomination and will serve a second term. Kruger has over a decade of experience in the tourism sector in Plettenberg Bay, and is also the chairman of the Plett Shark Action Group and station commander of the local NSRI (Sea Rescue). Kruger represents the activities sector in Plett.

Members engaging in discussion at the 2022 AGM

Restaurants are represented by Alex Olivier, general manager of Emily Moon. Olivier will also serve a second term after accepting his nomination. Olivier is a passionate and experienced chef and businessperson with a passion for food and hospitality that extends into cooking with CBD oil and coastal foraging. Recently accepting a position on the Board prior to the AGM, Ecotourism is represented by Grahame Thomson, director of Venture Beyond and wildlife author. From his years in the safari industry, Thomson brings strong problem-solving skills and vast industry knowledge to the Plett Tourism Board.

Read more about the Elected Board Members (PDF)

Per the constitution, the Board also consists of appointed members as follows: Two members from Bitou Municipality, Lesley Jacobs Bitou Municipality Economic Development & Tourism Manager, and Ludolph Gericke, Director of Strategic Services. Chairman, Bruce Richardson, treasurer, Liz Phillips, and CEO, Patty Butterworth have all been appointed to continue in their roles, and Sally Turner is appointed as representative of the Community Police Forum. The Plett Chamber of Business will be appointing their representative and the board will be electing two new community representatives.

The Plett Tourism Association is excited to welcome tourism industry representatives at the next Plett Conversations, scheduled for 24 of November, 15h00 – 17h00 at Emily Moon in the James Room. The programme for the next Plett Conversations includes an overview of the Plett Tourism Association Business Plan and Marketing as well as an introduction to the Plett Tourism team members. This to be followed by a Q&A and a networking opportunity with other guests. 

As we emerge from the pandemic, it is important to stay focused and work together. The Business Plan offers exciting opportunities for the local industry. “ Working together with committed efforts between the Bitou Municipality and the Association, we are focused on supporting existing objectives and delivering on some new projects. Most importantly, increasing visitation beyond pre-pandemic numbers, increasing domestic and international visitors, and growing the average spend across all markets to generate additional income streams. As always, who we are, where we represent and how we operate at all levels as a business continues to be a focus,” says Patty Butterworth Plett Tourism CEO. ”