PRESS RELEASE BY UGU SOUTH COAST TOURISM:
Ugu South Coast Tourism CEO Justin Mackrory is to leave the organisation at the end of July 2018. Mackrory did not re-apply for the position which is based on 5-year contract periods.
Commenting on his departure, Mackrory indicated that for five years he has spent about 70% of his time away from his Midlands home and family and he had preference to re-activate his tourism consultancy service from his home base.
“My time here on the South Coast has been stimulating, challenging and mostly rewarding. I have worked with some outstanding colleagues and committed people from the private sector and to them go my substantive appreciation. Their roles have made my job that much more pleasurable and a motivation.
“I have been fortunate in having a very supportive Board whose inputs and advice has been invaluable in our work towards the realisation of awards, strategic objectives and targets.” added Mackrory.
Ugu South Coast Board Chair Joy Crutchfield said, “Justin has done our organisation proud. His vast tourism knowledge, expertise and professionalism has taken our organisation to new levels.
“By introducing a new dimension to performance management and service delivery, his leadership with staff support has resulted in four consecutive clean audits from the Auditor-General”.
Crutchfield added, “Official Tourism KwaZulu-Natal statistics show that in 2013 the South Coast hosted some 477 000 domestic visitors and in 2017 their figure had risen to 656 000. A large part of this improvement can be attributed to Ugu South Coast Tourism’s work during his tenure. We wish Justin well in his future consultative ventures and with it goes our thanks in working together.”
In conclusion Mackrory said, “After five years I have got to know the destination well and albeit I am broadening my own business horizons, I will remain an ambassador for the South Coast. One day there will be good stories to write so my back will not be turned on this exceptionally varied and great destination.”