Dr Liliana Salomone, who died last week from an embolism, was a wonderful colleague and friend, according to those who knew her well.

She worked as Country Manager for SA Tourism in Paris for seven years, and then as Manager: France for Namibia Tourism Board from 2003 to 2016.

Salomone went on to do market research at the UNWTO and various tourism-related project work from 2016 until present. She was an alumnus of the University of the Witwatersrand where she received her PhD.

“I always admired her superb command of foreign languages,” said owner of wwtourism, Anneli Bronkhorst, recalling how Salomone was a “refined woman with Parisian style and Italian flair”.

During her time with the Namibia Tourism Board, arrivals from France to Namibia increased by 136%, said the Namibia Tourism Board’s Global Head of Marketing, Maureen Posthuma. “We will remember Liliana for her high moral values, business ethics and her true love and passion for South Africa and Namibia.”

Bronkhorst, who worked alongside Salomone as an SA Tourism Country Manager in the Benelux region said she was a very special person. “We send our sympathy to her family and all who knew her.”

If industry members would like to send a special message, it will be added to a book that will be sent to her family in Bari.