Business Development Manager: Fair Trade in Tourism
Thiofhi waha Ravele – graduating in Hospitality Management from the University of Johannesburg was his first step into a career in the tourism industry. Soon after, he was appointed General Manager of a lodge outside of Kruger National Park at the tender age of 25. His passion for local community development in South Africa saw his next career move into sustainable destination development as part of the Open Africa team, and his positive impacts on sustainable growth and development in South Africa led to his appointment as Operations Manager at the organisation.
After six years at Open Africa Thiofhi moved on to take up the post of Business Development Support Manager for Fair Trade Tourism — a leading sustainable tourism development Non-Profit Organisation. With three years at Fair Trade Tourism he works with established and emerging tourism businesses in South Africa and Southern and East Africa, helping them to create decent work and positive social, environmental and economic impacts that benefit the communities in the areas where they operate. Travelling around different parts of the country and the continent, Thiofhi has had the opportunity to explore and further develop his interest in the Southern and East African regions’ history, as well as the challenges that different communities face. He has a particular and passionate interest in identifying ways to boost skills development in order to support the creation and establishment of sustainable job opportunities with a special focus, but not limited to historically disadvantaged communities.