Connecting the tourism industry
Keeping the tourism industry informed
What We Do
TravelPeople is a B2B specialist, focused on connecting the inbound tourism industry with South Africa, Southern African and Indian Ocean Island Suppliers (incl. accommodation providers, conference venues, tourist attractions, destinations etc.).
We organize and facilitate in-person Connections (workshops) in major cities around South Africa, connecting Suppliers with the tourism trade as well as direct corporate buyers. We also provide an online platform where Suppliers share information with the trade about their rates, special deals as well as product and contact information.
Job listings are free to anyone in the tourism/hospitality sector. Updates are shared with our mailing list of subscribed readers in the form of a bi-monthly newsletter.
TravelPeople was founded in 2002 by Lynne Madgin, who saw a niche in the market after spending many years in hospitality sales and marketing. Louise Kilian joined TravelPeople in 2004 bringing with her 7 years’ experience in travel recruitment. In 2010 Lynne decided to retire and as a natural continuation Louise bought the business and has been managing it since.
Louise has run a multitude of trade Connections, including theme specific Connections such as MICE, Things to Do & See and First Class Africa. She has also partnered with Wesgro and the SA Wine Routes Forum and successfully run Wine Tourism Workshops.
Louise is passionate about people, customer service, the tourism and hospitality industries and marketing. Integrity, hard work and attention to detail is important to her and she loves music, dancing, cooking and wine! Louise holds a BA degree in Industrial Psychology and Sociology from the University of Stellenbosch and a Manager Development Diploma from Damelin. She lives in Cape Town with her husband and two sons.