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Joey Pather has been appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer for the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) as of 1 January 2010.
According to Chief Executive Officer, Rashid Toefy, the appointment of Pather comes at an ideal time as the centre heads into a new phase. In June next year, the management contract of Amsterdam RAI, the international company that was contracted to assist with the running of the convention centre comes to an end, and as a consequence by that date, Dirk Elzinga will resign as Managing Director of the CTICC.
“With CTICC setting itself the ambitious goal of being the best long haul international convention centre by 2020 it is essential that we have a dynamic leadership team in place” said Toefy. With over 18 years experience in the conferencing and hospitality industry, Pather brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the organisation.
After obtaining his national diploma in hospitality management at the Durban University of Technology in 1991, Pather rapidly worked his way up the corporate hospitality ladder. In 2000 he assumed the position of Operations Manager at the International Conference Centre in Durban (ICC).
In 2003, Pather was asked by the CTICC to take on the position of General Manager of Catering at the centre, where he was responsible for overseeing the management of the entire food and beverage operations of the centre. In 2006 he took on the challenging role of General Manager for Commercial and Business Development, where he was tasked with driving the centre’s local and international business.
In addition to his extensive local and international experience, Pather also plays a pivotal role in the local and international hospitality industry and is well known for his pioneering efforts in promoting this industry locally and abroad. He serves as a national board member of the South African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) and fulfills the position of Venue Chapter Chair for this association. He also sits on the national board of the Exhibition and Events Association of South Africa (EXSA) and fills the dual role of Western Cape Chair. Pather played an instrumental role in initiating an in depth survey into the current trends in the local conference and exhibition industry, which provided valuable insight into this dynamic industry and is continually at the forefront of driving new industry initiatives.
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