Tanja & Hervé

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Where are you from / What is your background?

Well… I am German… thoroughly! I worked for more than 20 years for the same company. Which means that I am older than 27… and this is actually impossible :-).
But honestly, I used to work for a global business travel company. I started my apprenticeship there and finished by heading the MICE department for Germany. And I enjoyed (almost) every single second.
The good thing is: I have nothing to prove to myself anymore. Am just completely happy and satisfied with what I’ve achieved – and even happier with my decision being brave enough to move to Cape Town!
Lucky me – a sabbatical year made me realize: well…there are other systems which are worth looking at. And Cape Town is the right place for me at the moment! A beautiful city with non-stressed people – and fantastic food & wine!

How and Why did you arrive here in Cape Town?

How did I arrive here in Cape Town? By plane! And of course with Lufthansa… I am still a proud German.
And why Cape Town? Well, during the 2010 World Cup I worked in Port Elizabeth – and met so many wonderful people which I can luckily call my friends now! And they are probably the main reason why I fell in love with this country. Then started travelling… and wow… I never expected to discover such a beautiful country!
Mountains, the Atlantic & Indian Oceans, the breath-taking landscapes of the National Parks?!
A big plus: everybody speaks English. And last but not least: I’ve never eaten better than in South Africa! And I’ve traveled a lot around the world….and I ate a lot 😉
So it’s Cape Town now – because I found a job in a company where I enjoy working with the team! For my life I realized: a title and money is cool. But I am now gladly managing my life with less money but with so much more fun & happiness.

Describe your job for us and what do you like the most about it?

The idea was and still is to discover the German market for XO.
But good and bad at the same time: we have so much to do that just to run the daily business is quite a mission. An enjoyable mission – with great clients and projects!
What I like the most? Hmm… my colleagues. No doubt. And the fact that we all work very hard and sometimes too much – but we all love what we do.

What do you do to calm your stress down?

Luckily I am a very balanced person – and not really getting under stress. The more hectic it is – the better I am. Great – isn’t it? But maybe the only way to survive in the incentive business…
And then there are my spinning classes, a walk along the sea, a good glass of wine or just talking crap with friends and have a good laugh.

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Where are you from / What is your background?

Born in Ivory Coast and raised in Paris by my West Indies mother, I can proudly say I am a French Afro-Caribbean. A diploma in advertising in the pocket, I joined the world of business tourism by chance. I then started my ascension and eventually started my own agency with my mentor at that time.

How and Why did you arrive here in Cape Town?

In my previous life as a Travel agent, I went with a client in Cape Town for an incentive trip, and it was love at first sight and guess who was my DMC ? Now here I am part of XO Events Family.

Describe your job for us and what do you like the most about it?

I am Sales & Marketing Manager; do I need to say more?
What I like the most about it? Actually for me it’s not a job, I am not even a salesman… I just share my experience & passion for Southern Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, who can resist to this unique postal card?
To conclude I am a passionate and friendly client hunter.

What do you do to calm your stress down?

I must confess I am addicted, I tried everything even going to rehab but with no effect, the addiction is still there… legs shaking, lips whistling, happy face, body out of control… Salsa is in the air and, that’s my anti stress. Yes I am addicted to salsa… Is it bad doctor?

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