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We’re on the road again!
Back by popular demand, Profitroom is back on tour, equipping you with the best hospitality booking technology, talking through the latest trends, and highlighting ways you can increase your revenue.
We'll be in Johannesburg on Thursday 16 March at the luxurious Leonardo Hotel.
A beacon of elegance, The Leonardo Hotel truly offers the opportunity to wine, dine, meet, work, relax, stay and so much more. In the heart of the Sandton, The Leonardo certainly offers guests a lifestyle to the nth degree.
Join us On Tour this March, where we will cover what's next for travel technology trends in South Africa. Don’t miss out - we will also be in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town too.
|08.30||Arrival tea and coffee|
|09.00||Welcome and introductions|
|09.15||Michael Puffett: Leader in strategic thinking, business growth and innovation.|
|10.00||Samantha Williams: How clever technology can help hotels and resorts maximise their online direct booking potential.|
|11.00||Panel Discussion: What's next for hospitality technology in South Africa and how can hoteliers conquer the latest trends? Speakers include: Marcin Dragan, Profitroom, Nicolaas Claassen, Siteminder, Dave Milne, Peermont Hotels, Casinos and Resorts|
|11.40||Under the spotlight: Sun International|
|12.15||END: Break for a light lunch.|
Founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Profitroom serving thousands of hotels around the world, including operating for majority properties in Poland. The company's specialisation is online sales and marketing. A graduate of Management and Marketing at the University of Economics in Poznań and Computer Science at the Poznań University of Technology.
Samantha Williams is an award winning revenue specialist and currently holds the senior management position of Commercial Director at Profitroom. Before joining Profitroom she worked as a senior revenue and product manager working with a mixed portfolio of over 75 hotels and prior to this held sales and marketing manager positions for leisure resorts and hotels in the UK. Highly respected and with a strong background in hospitality, revenue management and leadership she has worked across numerous hotel marketing and management disciplines and is able to relate to the challenges that hoteliers face.
She is passionate about helping hoteliers maximise and grow their revenue and is an advocate for personalised, automated processes and integrated systems that help to make the sales process easy for employees and more engaging for guests. At Profitroom Samantha leads on the strategic and operational activities to deliver transformative, tangible results for leisure hotels and resorts in the Africa, Europe and beyond.
For over 20 years, Michael has been developing and training leaders and entrepreneurs around the world. Having resided in the UK for 16 years and presented leadership training in over 25 countries, he has a wealth of international experience and practical know-how.
Working with government departments, businesses, corporates, NPO's as well as sports teams to build leaders, strengthen companies, envision, and inspire.
Michael is an adventurer at heart, together with a small overland team he has driven in a 4x4 from London, UK to Cape Town in South Africa, climbed Kilimanjaro, and visited 66 countries.
Nicolaar’s experience includes creating new business opportunities in the hotel technology sector working for global OTA (Expedia) and channel management (SiteMinder) leaders. Focused on driving revenue for hotels in Africa by optimising online visibility and assist with successful implementation of hotel tech stack solutions. Believe that with the right technology partnerships, and data driven decision making, hoteliers can overcome most revenue generating challenges.
Mr. Milne joined Peermont in 1999 as Group Chief Information Officer. In 2010, he was appointed Special Projects Executive and in 2014 he took on the role of Group IT and Operations Executive and in 2017 he became the Hotel & Resorts Executive. He was previously the Regional Chief Operating Officer for the South African properties, excluding Emperors Palace for a period of 3 years and Group Chief Information Officer for 16 years. He also worked in Operations and/or Information Technology within well-known South African hotel chains, Southern Sun Hotels, Picardi Hotels, Protea Hotels and Legacy Hotels & Resorts.