Louis Nel – Advocate
Advocate Louis Nel studied at the universities of Stellenbosch, UCT, Wits, Tulane (New Orleans, USA) & London. He holds the degrees B. Comm, Ll.B and Ll.M, completed the Wits EDP & Executive Negotiator Courses, holds diplomas in Marketing and Industrial Relations & is an admitted attorney and advocate. After 15 years with Rennies he set up his own consultancy in 1997 focusing on travel & tourism as well as the Small, Micro & Medium Enterprise (’SMME’) market.
Advocate Louis Nel is a regular contributor to Automobil, Anytime, BTN, Career Success, Entrepreneur, The Event, Field News, Hospitality Marketplace, JFM Transport Facilities, Meet, Meetings SA, Status Quo, Tattler, TIR, TIR 360 Galileo eNews, Tourism Update, Travel News Weekly, TravelIInfo and conducts regular countrywide roadshows. He has appeared on a number of Now Media webinars & on national television (‘Your Own Business’ + ‘Right & recourse’ + ‘Agri TV’), Kyknet: Landbousake as well as 702 ‘Talk Radio’ and Radio Jakaranda. He has furthermore presented papers at the International Federation for Travel Advocates’ conferences in Monte Carlo & Malta, as well as annually at conferences held by BNI, IIB, ABTA, ACTE, EXSA, FEDHASA, FGASA, HWTSA, MICE, ASATA, SATSA, SAACI, Sure Travel, SATC, SITE, CMP, Travel Counsellors & Under Cover & monthly at Wanderers Club on an array of topics.
He offers the travel & tourism industry, MICE, venues, lodges, hospitality industry & SMME market the following: (a) An intimate (33 YEAR!) knowledge thereof (b) Services & products tailor-made for the industry (c) A discounted fee structure & 24/7/365 service via his Legal Advice Club known as BASTA™ (‘Benchmark’s Advisory Service for SMME & Travel & Tourism Associates’) & (d) His unique ‘Legal Audit’tm product aimed at proactive legal compliance (especially with the CPA & POPI) (e) Regular talks at various forums and (f) In-house personalized training. He also works closely with the various travel consortia i.e. Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Club Travel, Connex, eTravel, Flight Specials, HWTSA, Rennies Travel, SATC, STA Travel, Sure Travel, Travel Counsellors, Uniglobe & World Travel, travel & tourism bodies such as ASATA, CMP, EGF, EXSA, FGASA, MICE, SAACI, SATSA, SKAL & STPP, TPSA as well as SMME specialists BNI, IIB, Business Partners and FNB. CPA: He has advised over 190 businesses, written 181 articles & done 166 presentations
He’s also active in responsible & sustainable tourism as director of STPP (Sustainable Tourism Partnership Program) & member of steering committee of EGF (Event Greening Forum).