South Africa’s head of C&I quits his post

South African Tourism head Rick Taylor has resigned from his post and will leave the organisation this month. Taylor joined the national convention bureau from the Cape Town Convention Bureau in June 2004, when he stated that his immediate goals were to create a business tourism brand and establish a long-term C&I strategy. "I have loved my role but the environment in which I operate is not conducive to delivering the very big ambitions I had for South African Tourism," he said. "The tourist board is very leisure driven and business tourism has a totally different modus operandi. At this point in time, it is not developed enough to deliver these aims. It must be remembered that South Africa is still a very young destination and so things have to be done step by step." Taylor is currently reviewing a number of future career options. He stressed that racially-influenced selection played no part in his decision. A recruitment process to find a successor is currently underway. Media communications manager Liz Sheridan has also resigned from her post after four years at the tourist board.

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