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Thembisile Sehloho, SA Tourism CMO

South African Tourism, the national destination marketing agency, has recently made a significant addition to its leadership team. Thembisile Sehloho, a seasoned marketing professional with over two decades of experience in strategic brand management, has been appointed as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Her extensive background and notable achievements herald a promising era for the promotion of South Africa as a premier tourist destination.

A Trailblazer in Strategic Brand Management

Thembisile’s journey to this pivotal role has been marked by a series of impressive accomplishments. With a career spanning renowned organizations such as Unilever, AVI, and Tiger Brands, she brings a wealth of diverse experiences and expertise to her new position. Notably, her occupation at Tiger Brands, where she served as the Marketing Director, showcased her ability to shape and redefine household brands, earning her a reputation as a marketing heavyweight in the industry.

Educational Background and Expertise

At Tiger Brands, Thembisile played a crucial role in revitalizing beloved South African brands, demonstrating a keen understanding of consumer preferences and market dynamics. Her innovative brand strategies not only propelled market share but also fostered sustained growth, solidifying her standing as a visionary leader in the field of marketing.

Thembisile’s academic credentials further highlight her commitment to excellence. Armed with an MBA in Leadership and Innovation from the prestigious University of Edinburgh and a BCom in Accounting from the University of Johannesburg, she possesses a strong foundation in both business acumen and strategic thinking. Additionally, her certifications in Strategy Development from WITS and Advance Commercial Acumen from GIBS reflect her continuous pursuit of knowledge and professional development.

SA Tourism CEO’s Confidence and Expectations

Nombulelo Guliwe, CEO of South African Tourism, expressed confidence in Thembisile’s ability to drive the organization’s marketing initiatives to new heights.

“As Thembisile assumes her new role as CMO, I am confident that her strategic vision, leadership skills, and profound brand and marketing knowledge will drive our marketing initiatives to new heights”.

In assuming her new role, Thembisile expressed gratitude for the opportunity to promote her country’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty.

“It is an honour to be entrusted with the role of marketing our beautiful country.  As I embark on this new journey, I am excited to be able to use marketing to harness the power of storytelling allowing us to connect with local travellers, encouraging them to explore their country,  as well as invite travellers from our key source markets and beyond to come explore and experience Mzansi”.

Vision for South African Tourism

Thembisile’s commitment to leveraging marketing as a tool for cultural exchange and economic growth is evident in her vision for South African Tourism. By harnessing the art of storytelling, she aims to showcase the diverse tapestry of experiences that await travellers within the country’s borders. Whether it’s traversing the vibrant streets of Johannesburg, embarking on a safari adventure in the Kruger National Park, or indulging in the culinary delights of Cape Town, Thembisile seeks to inspire a desire to travel and curiosity in both domestic and international audiences.

As South African Tourism looks towards the future, Thembisile Sehloho stands as a beacon of innovation and inspiration in the realm of destination marketing. With her strategic prowess, leadership acumen, and unwavering passion for her country, she is poised to steer the agency towards unprecedented success on the global stage.

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