We are pleased to announce that Calvin Boia has joined our Proactive Hospitality Team and will be taking the lead on our Sales Representation Company, The Travel Hat as Director of Sales and Operations.
Born into a family that owned top-end restaurants, Calvin was intrigued by the nature of the business world which evidently unlocked his passion for Art, Architecture, Travel and Cultures from all over the globe. “I have travelled to almost all parts of South Africa and have had the privilege to work in Zanzibar, East Africa and Namibia. I’ve also had the enjoyment of travelling to Dubai, Germany, Spain and Portugal.” says Calvin.
Calvin began his career in 2008 at Protea Hotels and has been working and contributing to the Hospitality industry ever since. In 2017, he worked on strategies that combined five-star luxury with sustainability for some of the most well-known hotels in Africa, including the multi award winning, Hotel Verde Cape Town as well as Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Hotel Spa, known as East Africa’s Greenest Hotel. Calvin affirms, “Sustainable travel is at an all-time high and opting for a green hotel becomes an important part of the choice.”
As his journey continued, Calvin was invited to be a panellist in the 2018 Hospitality Leadership Forum and then went on to be a key speaker at WTM Africa and The Hotel & Hospitality Show in 2019. The lead topic here was ‘How can Travel and Tourism best reduce the carbon emissions of our industry?’ and by this time, Calvin had been at the frontline of this movement and there was just no stopping him. He has since contributed to various other panels and appeared as a guest speaker on TV and talk shows, all on the subject of Tourism and Sustainability in the Hospitality industry throughout Africa. He follows his motto of, “Never follow a trend, create the trend. It’s all about the unique guest experience”
Today, Calvin has over 15 years of managerial experience under his belt after working for some of the biggest brands in Africa – and now, he is ready to take on this new role. For a man that’s worn many hats within the industry, the Travel Hat seems to fit just right for him! With his skills of driving sales and revenue, brand optimization, building relationships and creating an impact in the market and changing the landscape of future hospitality trends, Calvin was an obvious choice to join the Proactive Team… but what does he have to say about it?
“My reason for joining PHS was that the Hospitality industry has had a huge paradigm shift and PHS has recognized that shift in the market. PHS adapted its approach with its proactive way of thinking and focuses on personalization for its partners and people with a driven approach to achieving success. This resonated with me and is a part of the values and passion I have for the industry. My vision for The Travel Hat, is to become the most recognized representation in the industry with a diverse property portfolio spanning the African continent and reaching its global potential, while focusing on personalization.”
We can expect to see big things from Calvin and we look forward to his success!