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Desmond Langkilde

Desmond Langkilde is the Publisher and Executive Editor of the Tourism Tattler Trade Journal – the official journal of the African Travel & Tourism Association (Atta), the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA), the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA), the National Accommodation Association of South Africa (NAA-SA) and the Seychelles Tourism and Hospitality Association (SHTA). The Tourism Tattler is published monthly and is circulated free of charge via Newsletter links to over 44,000 international readers monthly. He is the Vice President and communications officer of SATSA, a private sector travel trade association that represents its members in terms of quality and credibility criteria for in-bound tourism to the Southern Africa region. Des is also the Regional Director of Southern Africa for TransMediaBarter.com, a corporate barter facilitation company that specializes in the hospitality and media sectors. TransMedia is a member of the Do-Barter network with over 400 000 corporate barter clients worldwide. He previously held the position of Group Marketing Director for The Ivory Group, the holding company of SATIB Insurance Brokers, for a period of eight years in which time he contributed to the development of propriety insurance products to cater to the needs of the Tourism, Hospitality and Wildlife industries in Southern Africa. Des writes, provides advice and delivers conference speaker presentations on tourism, risk management, corporate barter, marketing and B2B communication strategies to a broad spectrum of tourism stakeholders. Besides being FAIS (Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act) compliant in Short Term Commercial Insurance Lines, Des also writes and provides advice on risk management, trade barter, marketing and corporate communications issues to a broad spectrum of tourism stakeholders.