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Neil Bald

Managing Director of African Hotels and Adventures

Neil holds a Higher Diploma in Hotel Management from the Technikon Witwatersrand, a Bachelor of Commerce from Unisa and a Sales and Marketing degree.  Neil spent 23 years with Southern Sun (now Tsogo Sun) mostly in regional management roles and his last 6 years as Director of Operations for the Garden Court and Stayeasy brands, where he was at the forefront of innovative thinking and pioneering change in the 2 and 3 star hotel markets.

Neil is a highly driven dynamic hospitality executive who displays business acumen, professionalism and integrity in all business dealings. With a broad base of experience he is equipped to deal with all challenges that present themselves in the broader hospitality industry. Neil has excellent interpersonal and communication skills that allow him to build relationships with employers, employees and business owners alike. With experience to board level and a reputation for strategic leadership he has been instrumental in many business turnarounds. With many years in the hospitality industry people management and empowerment has been the key to driving sustainable profitability in the business in which he has worked and been involved. Neil proved to be a sought after mentor by all levels of staff and management. He has an absolute passion for successful business across all levels of hotels from 2 star to 5 star hotels.