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SA Tourism takes tourism businesses online

SA Tourism takes tourism businesses online

April 26
12:25 2008

SA TourismDurban – The South African Tourism Online Marketing Educational Seminar has this year added two workshops, Google University (Google’s educational programme for Google Adwords) and SAT FREESITE, to the arsenal of online tools small businesses operating in the tourism industry can use to grow their bottom line. Efficient use of the two products, alongside the rich marketing seminar content, is an integral part of this year’s SA Tourism Online Marketing Seminar, taking place at the premier travel trade show, Indaba.

The Online Marketing Seminar is in its second year and is already entrenched as an effective way to empower operators in the tourism sector to make the best of opportunities available to them. The Online Marketing Seminar takes place on 12 – 13 May, at Indaba in Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban, KwaZulu Natal.

This year, the seminar been divided into two components to cater for Beginner and Advanced users. Attendants will be able to choose any of the following sessions:

– Online Advertising Basics – A 360° view of digital marketing
– Tips for your website: From Brochure-ware to interacting with the consumer
– Demystifying technology
– Real time bookings – The Pro’s and Con’s
– Online Reputation Management: What are people saying about your brand online
– Customer Relationship Management
– The importance of Search: Pay Per Click and Search engine optimisation (PPC and SEO)

The workshops section will focus on Google University and SAT FREESITE sessions. SAT FREESITE is giving away websites to small businesses.  This self-provisioning platform gives SMME’s the ability to create and manage their own websites, with no development or design costs.

Only businesses which register with the Online Marketing Seminar will be given access to the seminars, Google University and SAT FREESITE.

“Research has proven that the internet is one of the first points of reference for any traveler,” says,” Bronwen Auret, Acting eBusiness Manager, SA Tourism. “Harnessing the cost effective power of the internet could mean the difference between growing one’s business and losing the edge on your competitors.”

“The tools are here and available. It is up to any business to recognise the opportunity, grab it and make the best out of it,” says Buchner.

The Online Marketing Seminar speakers include: Fiona Buchner of SA Tourism, Diane Charton of Acceleration Media, Luisa Mazinta of The MarketingSite.com, Marissa van der Merwe of Western Cape Tourism, Rob Stokes of Quirk and Stafford Massi of Google; Stephen Green i5 Group.

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