2013 Judges

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Linda Pampallis

Linda Pampallis is Chief Executive Officer of Thompsons Africa, Southern Africa’s prominent inbound Tour Operator and a Main Board Member of stock exchange-listed, Cullinan Holdings Ltd., holding company of the Thompsons Travel Group. She is prominent in the wider tourism industry, having served on the boards of Tourism Kwa-Zulu Natal and Southern African Tourism Services, and is a Board Member of the International Convention Centre in Durban. With over 30 years in the industry, Linda is leader in her field, highly regarded and respected, with an in-depth understanding of tourism. Her commitment to the promotion of tourism to Southern Africa has established her as a “voice of authority” on tourism/travel and trends in South Africa, and she acts in an advisory capacity to government and industry bodies, including the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Linda’s understanding of the global travel business, including buying patterns of the various nations of the world, enables her to contribute significantly to the planning and selection of products within the Group’s travel portfolio. She has travelled extensively and has a network of international business contacts and friends. She has a close relationship with South African Tourism, not only in this country, but with all their international offices.