Join us at the INDABA Travel Bloggers Conference as we unpack the changing face of destination marketing
and the importance of personalised, user-generated content and social media engagement
and its impact for the tourism trade.

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Kate Els

Freelance travel writer. Advocate for independent travel, food & wine, general silliness. Blogger of everything lovely I find.

IndiKate is an independent travel blog that covers adventures and everything linked to them. from eating out and great wines, to art and things to do. Posts cover a range of destinations, mostly from South Africa, but slowly extending to the rest of the world.

Craig Rodney

Professional sand dune driver. Creator and defender of outlandish ideas. Thinks he can still skate & snowboard.

Craig Rodney runs Cerebra, the leading social media agency in South Africa. In his spare thime. Craig runs the @southafrica account on Instagram, spends too many hours on planes, and not enough hours in the snow. In 2013, Craig and his business partner sold Cerebra to global marketing agency, Wunderman.

Dane Forman

South African Explorer / Instagramer / Visual Storyteller / Durbanite all the way

Fred Felton

MC, Speaker, Author, Blogger | CEO @Falconscove a media agency.

Fred Felton is the Creative Director of Falconscove, a Durban Proud Media Agency. He is also the Editor of the Lifestyle Magazine Umhlanga Life. He is an MC and Keynote Speaker.

Meruschka Govender

Meruschka, better known as @Mzansigirl, is a travel blogger, freelance writer and social media specialist. She has built her personal brand on sharing her love of South African travel online – via social media and her blog. Her mission is to inspire South Africans and the rest of the world to travel within Africa and to challenge misconceptions about African travel. Her travels focus on culture, heritage and personal experiences of places, spaces and people. She also likes to jump.

Damian Cook

CEO of E-Tourism Frontiers.

Damian Cook is the founder and CEO of E-Tourism Frontiers- a major global initiative to develop online tourism in developing markets globally. After working as a consultant in both the public and private sector developing destination websites and online marketing campaigns he formed E-Tourism Frontiers taking a practical, business driven approach to assist emerging markets around the world. He is a Director of Atta and a frequent presenter at global tourism forums. E-Tourism Frontiers has worked with 35 destinations and successfully trained over 6000 tourism professionals, small to medium businesses and tourism students and has brought leading International experts and major travel firms and intermediaries to new markets to do business for the first time. Damian has made presentations to numerous international forums, including recently the PATA Digital Academy and the 2015 Scottish Tourism Week. Each year he holds the extremely popular eTAS (E-Tourism Africa Summit) in conjunction with SA Tourism.

Dawn Jorgensen

Dawn is a conscious traveller with a deep love for Africa, its people and the environment. From gorilla trekking in Uganda, tree planting in Zambia and crampon hiking in Patagonia, she believes she’s just getting started. On her blog The Incidental Tourist, Dawn shares these stories and promotes travel to her beloved South Africa. When not travelling, home takes the shape of a little farm in Wellington, where she loves just being with her dogs.

Thaya Bedford

Thaya Bedford is a country-dwelling creative and mother who has made her love for travel her career. She barely needs an excuse to escape and hit the open road, as long as Joni Mitchell is playing and there's good food at the end of it. A self-confessed gypsy, Thaya loves roaming the countryside in search of new places, people and folklore. She says that she feels like a caged bird if she doesn't get out at least a few times a month - a notion which has clearly guided her chosen career as the Content Strategist at a digital agency focusing on tourism. Between parenting and flitting off to beautful travel stays every other weekend, Thaya loves to feed her soul with friends, music and spontaneous adventure. Instagram @whiskyandwanderlust Twitter @vagabondscribe

Andy Carrie

Start Up Enthusiast/Marketing Entrepreneur. Passionate about connecting with people, photography and the occassional extreme sport. I am a creative that thrives on connection in the digital space I use visual storytelling to inspire, by means of strategic content generation.

Natalie Roos

Natalie Roos is a blogger and social media specialist. After a 10 year stint as a television presenter, Natalie migrated naturally into the world of digital communication. Natalie works with destinations accross social media and digital platforms, working on campaigns, strategies and content marketing.

9:00am Registration
9:15am Welcome and Introduction presented by Fred Felton
9:30am Bloggers, Influencers, Travel and your Bottom Line presented by
Whisky & Wanderlust
10:30am Durban, we got this presented by Dane Forman and Andrew Carrie
11:30am Local Bloggers Babes tell all presented by Kate Els, Natalie Roos,
Meruschka Govender and Dawn Jorgensen
12:30pm @SouthAfrica on Instagram presented by Craig Rodney
1:30pm Workshop: Content Marketing 101 presented by Kate Els
1:30pm Workshop: Beyond the basics, what else do we need to do presented
by Damian Cook
2:30pm Lunch