2017 Judges

Sthandiwe Mkhize 2017

Sthandiwe Mkhize

Sthandiwe is a Strategy Consultant and Advisor specialising in the Tourism and Development Industries. He boasts a collective 15-year experience in Tourism, part being with Tourism KwaZulu Natal Authority mandated to market and promote the province of KwaZulu Natal as a tourism destination. He serves in various Boards and Councils and Forums as a key advisor and mentor, amongst others the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) , Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry and others. He is a well accomplished strategist having led numerous tourism projects, in research, strategy development, tourism auditing, tourism analysis in various provinces such as in KwaZulu Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga provinces. He recently launched a satellite office presence in Kenya, an Eastern African Coastal country. The Kenyan businesses, government and investors with interests to venture and have relations with the South African tourism market have warmly welcomed his presence and believe his insight comes at enormous value to Kenya and neighbouring countries. Sthandiwe remains one the few South African consultants with specialist focus in Tourism. He’s designed and led numerous programmes, amongst others being in township tourism strategy development, capacity building programmes, tourism precinct research, accommodation product auditing, business incubation and many more. Sthandiwe offers public speaking services, writes and offers analysis on various tourism-related subjects. His academic interests are in destination marketing and development. He previously has served as an Lilizela Accommodation Judge 2016 as an accommodation judge and serves as an Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (ETEYA) 2017 National Judge. For any communication, he can be reached on the following contact details: E-mail: mkhizes@thinkingpair.co.za Contact: 076 189 3055