Welcoming address


Margi Biggs

Conference convenor

Margi was raised on a Karoo merino sheep farm. She lectured at the Cape Town Technikon in Tourism for 7 years and acted as Secretary General of Junior Chamber International SA. She started Specialized Tours & Events 28 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 companies as well as Country Life Magazine. She also designs and operates Priceless Cities Wine Programme for MasterCard International. 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 also a qualified Cordon Bleu Cook and the Founder of StreetSmart South Africa. To raise funds for this charity, Margi walked 800km and 300km of the Camino de Santiago. Inspired by that experience, she ran the Clean the Camino Campaign moving 10,000 bags of litter off The Way. Margi is passionate about good service, fair play and South Africa and is the force behind the annual Wine & Food Tourism conference.