Tourvest Incentives, Meetings & Events (Tourvest IME), a division of Tourvest Destination Management, has appointed Thembi Kunene-Msimang as its new Chief Operating Officer. She will replace Yvette Coetzee, who will continue to operate in a consultancy capacity from the United Kingdom.

“Thembi has had a very colourful career, with over 18 years of executive management experience,” says Coetzee. “She will undoubtedly be an asset to our business, and I look forward to sharing industry insights with her as we take Tourvest IME to new heights. I am confident that her journey with us will be wonderful, and I wish her every success as she takes over a truly remarkable team of people – our most valuable asset.”

Kunene-Msimang says: “I am excited to join this dynamic and highly professional team, whose skills are recognised in the market. This is a team that contributes significantly to the tourism sector in this country, because they actually create and sustain jobs. I have spent many years in the public sector and I know how easy it is to forget that government officials have to support tourism entities, such as Tourvest IME, to build an environment of empowerment to create much-needed jobs and to succeed as a business. The appointment of Minister Kubayi-Ngubane as the Tourism Minister brings hope that there will be less red tape in our growth path, but rather real and tangible support. I am humbled by this opportunity to lead the Tourvest IME team towards this vision.”