About Southern Africa and Africa

GBTA Southern Africa is the first buyer-led South African business travel and meetings network, created through the merger of ITMSA and GBTA. GBTA Southern Africa is a chapter of the non-profit company GBTA Africa and provides the best possible support, information and opportunities to enable members to achieve best practice in managing travel spend effectively and to maximise the profitability of their organisations.

The network ensures for the first time that business travel and meeting professionals with a Africa or Southern Africa remit have access to the best education and training, research, benchmarking tools and events through the collective voice of a professional, buyer-led community representing nearly two thousand buyer and supplier subscribers. Our aim is to enable members to manage their travel spend effectively and to maximise their contribution to the profitability of their organisation.

GBTA Africa and Southern Africa promote awareness that efficient and effective travel management not only needs good planning and negotiating skills but also a keen knowledge of current trends and products available in the inter-related sectors of air, ground transportation and hotel accommodation.

Why GBTA South Africa?


Professional Development

Increase business travel industry knowledge with a wide range of free webinars, and as member view archives at any time.

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Valuable Connections

Join 9,000 + global members, and connect via GBTA’s member only networking and collaboration tool, GBTA Hub.


Stay Current

Don’t fall behind, the business travel environment is constantly in flux. GBTA has 1,500+ resources to keep you abreast of the latest news and research.

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News & Media


Join GBTA Southern Africa today to take advantage of valuable features and programs that are tailored and targeted to support your success and provide a benefit to your company.

As a member of GBTA Africa and Southern Africa, you will be provided with comprehensive, valuable, business resources which are right at your fingertips and includes the information you need to stay current and informed about the travel marketplace.

Upcoming GBTA Africa Events

GBTA Africa and Southern Africa provide members with the following networking and learning opportunities:

  • An annual conference
  • Workshops that address relevant business travel topics and issues
  • Travel buyer focus groups (restricted to travel buyer members only)
  • Additional workshops and meetings in response to critical issues arising in the industry from time to time

GBTA Southern Africa Strategic Partners

GBTA’s strategic marketing partners share the vision of GBTA Southern Africa which is to empower our members through education. This is achieved in a business travel environment operating in a spirit of mutual trust and respect, which is built on a solid foundation of knowledge, facts, shared challenges and practical solutions.

What we offer our Partners

  • A unique environment to network with corporate travel buyers in a relaxed and congenial environment;
  • An opportunity to contribute to education within the corporate travel environment; and
  • A platform to create an awareness of your brand and business objectives with current and potential clients.

GBTA Southern Africa Leadership

GBTA South Africa Board of Directors

GBTA Southern Africa is run by a South African board of directors, all volunteers. The Board composition has been structured to protect the integrity of GBTA South Africa  - i.e., as a buyer led organisation. As such,  the positions of Chairman and Chairman Elect are reserved for buyer members. Each Director shall continue to hold office from the date of his election to office until the Annual General Meeting which is for two years following upon their election. The directors are elected by voting members of GBTA Southern Africa.

GBTA South Africa Contact Information

Sharon Richards Lund

Lead: Sponsorship and Marketing
+27 (0)82 823 9720 

Nicky du Plessis

Operations and Member Support
+27 (0)12 993 1297 
+27 (0)82 577 7104   

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