Meet Pam Snyman, Owner of Up Close & Personal Tours and Senior Vice President Skal International South Africa.
-What inspired you to start this business?
A Passion for tourism. I am originally from Durban where I worked in sales in car hire, conferencing, a game lodge and travel. During this time I won the Pearle Siedle Gibson award for my contribution in tourism. (This award was named after a lady who would sing to the armed forces when they arrived at Durban Harbour to encourage them).
We relocated to the Garden Route where I worked in sales for Budget/Bidvest and then opened my own company. I have always been passionate about creating tours and skills training, which is why some of my tours are built around skills development and connecting young people in the industry.
-What makes your business unique?
Personal attention to detail and hands-on service. Creating an unique tour by “painting a picture” for the client. Skills training in tourism is essential: not to create jobs but to create careers. Opportunity for investors. Our tours are tailor-made and personally arranged so tourists can have an experience in South Africa and interact with our people:
The culinary tours are designed for children and families with a specific theme; or you may have a special event you wish to celebrate or require team building. Book your chef and property of choice and get creative. All tours are built around clients’ needs.
Our cultural tours are built around storytelling, art, music, cuisine with locals – showcasing our different cultures.
Our Fashion tours are interactive and created to build a market for young fashion designers. There is an opportunity for a textile factory to produce local product which can be exported.
We also offer tours incorporating golf, adventure, conference/MICE, cycling, fly fishing and more.
-Is there anything specific you want people to know about you / this business or something else that you would like to add?
Up Close & Personal tours is an Inbound Tour Operator – DMC company owned and managed by Pam Snyman. We offer land arrangements and road transfers and activities on behalf of tourists.