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March 3, 2009

Ovation Global sets up new office in South Africa

The world’s first internationally integrated destination management company, Ovation Global, is to establish a presence in South Africa.

The announcement represents a consolidation of the strategic global expansion planned by Ovation Global since its launch in November 2007.

‘’Business tourism is unquestionably a niche growth for South Africa,” said David Sand, who will lead the development of Ovation South Africa. ‘’The pace of development in the country’s meetings and events infrastructure is phenomenal and we are delighted to introduce Ovation’s award winning services to our exceptional motivational destination.”

Between 2002 and 2006, South Africa recorded a 27.3% increase in long-haul business tourism visitor arrivals and the destination consistently ranks highly in meetings, incentive travel and events buyer opinion surveys. Its successful bid to host the Soccer World Cup and the International Conference of the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (Site) in 2010, endorses the country’s growing status as a destination capable of seamlessly hosting prestigious large scale events.

A South African native, Sand brings unparalleled experience of the South African incentive market. Ovation director Padraic Gilligan commented: “In my year as Site president, it was an honour to see the Site Member of the Year – the association’s highest individual award – bestowed on David.

“At a time, when visionary leadership is needed like never before, I know David and his expert team will be unstinting in their commitment to connect people and places across four continents with the passion and excellence synonymous with the Ovation brand’.”

Ovation Global DMC currently operates from offices in Arabia, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and UK.

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