Welcoming address

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Margi Biggs

Conference convenor

Raised on a Karoo merino sheep farm, Margi lectured at the Cape Town Technikon in Tourism served as Secretary General of Junior Chamber International SA and JCI International as Vice President. She started Specialized Tours & Events 29 years ago, specializing in Special Interest Touring and working in the field of Tourism Logistics covering, events, conferences and other requests from a wide range of clients.

Margi designs and operates Food and Wine Tours for a number of international and local companies. Margi ran the Great Wine Capitals Cape Town/ Cape Winelands communication for 9 years and was a judge for the Best of Wine Tourism Awards for 8 years.

She is a qualified Cordon Bleu Cook and Art Teacher. 14 years ago she founded of StreetSmart South Africa. To raise funds for this charity, Margi walked 1100km on the Camino de Santiago. Margi is passionate about good service, fair play and South Africa and is the force behind the annual Wine & Food Tourism conference.

Her clients have included: Mastercard International, Rolls Royce, World Wildlife Foundation for Nature, Brooklyn Botanical Society, Time Warner, Unilever International, Wines of South Africa, Rhodes/Mandela Trust, Harvard Business School, South African Tourism, Country Life Magazine, Chevron Texaco, Great Wine Capitals Global Network, American Embassy in Cape Town, Sports Illustrated USA, MBA Programs of Duke/Kellogg/Texas/Chicago/North Carolina, Silverseas Cruise Line and the Inter Action Council of the United Nations.