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Johann Beukes

Visionary Global Travel Industry Learner


Born in Bloemfontein South Africa

LECTURING at UFS

DEPT of ARCHITECTURE 1972 - 1985
Architectural Design
Contemporary Architectural History
Building Sciences

DEPT PLANNING 1977 - 1985
Dynamics of Urban Design
Urban Growth & Planning

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS 2005 - 2007
Strategy Dynamics
Contemporary Leadership
Marketing & Media Networking

Contact details

johann@travelinform.co.za

johann@travelwithus.co.za

O: +27 514062500


Web presence

Business Address

45 Milner Rd, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 9301


Professional details

Current Position(s)

Founder & CEO | TRAVELwithus
2012 - present

TRAVELwithus is different: a true travel site, created for travellers, by travellers, who enjoy to discover, plan and travel themselves. We are unique, a consultant-connected site: we provide you with a one-stop online travel service, where experienced consultants can personally assist online, should you wish. Based in South Africa, we have extensively already travelled to some 90 Countries around the world.

You can have peace of mind that you are dealing with a longstanding, experienced business in TRAVEL. Our IATA license dates back to 1962 (one of the oldest licenses in South Africa). We are members of both ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) and ASATA (Association of Southern African Travel Agents).

We have learned what travellers would expect: to fill the gap between passionate armchair web browsers and firsthand travel experience of destinations: initially as a high street travel agency within the SURE GROUP, (a respected brand name in the Travel Industry) and now as an online travel service:

Personalised product and destination knowledge
shared with you, the traveller, through honest travel advice.

We only deal with long standing service providers, each a specialist in its field.


Founder & CEO | TRAVELinform
2011 - present

TRAVELinform is the brainchild of enthusiastic global travellers who would like to share their passion with others. A comprehensive interactive information network, sharing specialised travel knowledge on Cities and Countries, Cultures and Customs, Food and Wine, Festivals and Fantacies, Art and Architecture to name only a few. Add some handy travel tips, distance and currencies conversion and many other tested travel tools, and play and experience a user-friendly, all inclusive travel blog.

Knowledgeable travel experts will assist on the interactive member’s forum: forwarding advice on destinations and modes of travel, hot spots and news coverage, weather, seasonal and adventure travel, etiquette, customs and health matters, access to books and maps on any destination, luggage and other travel-related accessories, what to do when and where, linking to a multitude of foreign travel boards for first hand, detailed information, a real travel network to assist in the realization of all your travel dreams.

All the destinations covered in the multitude of travel stories, are true real-life personal travel experiences of travellers with a special passion for compelling people and unusual places.

Connecting travellers with a passion for people and places around the world

Specialised Travel Advisor
Experienced Destination Expert
Personalised Travel Writer
Travel Photographer
Global Architecture Expert
International Food and Wine Lover

LinkedIn Group TRAVELinform - Owner and Moderator

TRAVELinform is an open social platform for everybody with a passion for travel

ATTENDED VARIOUS INTL TRAVEL SUMMITS

* Travellers' Tales Festival LONDON March 2009 & 2010
* WTM LONDON 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011
* Space Travel Summit SOFIJA March 2011
* Travel Distribution Summit LONDON May 2011
* Online Travel Summit AMSTERDAM Oct 2011
* ILTM by invitation only CANNES Dec 2011


Board Member / Non-Executive Director | SURE HOLDINGS Pty LTD
2008 - present

A South African based Travel Group, consisting of some 105 member firms represented around the country. The Board consists of 10 elected non-executive Directors/ Board Members and the CEO.

Brand Development
Digital Media Networking & Marketing
Specialist Destination Solutions


Founder & CEO | Sure Etnique Travel
1997 - present

After practicing for 40 years as an architect, Johann retired from his profession and now only focuses on his other passion, TRAVEL.

It was at during this time that he, as a widely travelled architect, started to plan his own itineraries and met professionals in the travel industry.

Over the past 20 years, together with his wife Monique, they have travelled extensively to some 70 countries* – mostly all off the beaten track destinations.

These first-hand travel experiences are documented in many personalised travel journals and story-telling pictures of people and places around the world.

As a keen photographer Johann has compiled an extensive photo gallery of both well-known and less familiar destinations, from bustling noisy cities to remote outback regions, desolate deserts and serene snow-capped mountains – photos that are depicting stories of fascinating people and peculiar places.

*Visit www.travelinform.co.za

What initially started as a hobby, later on led to the establishment of Etnique Travel in 1997. Since its inception, it has developed into a respected travel centre in the central region of South Africa.

Today it is a respected member of the SURE TRAVEL GROUP, one of the largest travel consortiums in South Africa. It boasts a dynamic group of travel consultants who, as a team, offer personal service of the highest excellence. SURE Etnique Travel received various awards for rendering an exceptional professional service over many years.

ASATA: Association of South African Travel Agents
Member's Council 2005/2006 & 2011/2012
Chairperson Central Region ASATA 2004/2005 & 2011/2012

ASTA: American Society of Travel Agents
President of the ASTA
Southern Africa Chapter 2011 - 2013

Attended ASATA Bi-Annual Congresses:

* INDIA March 2006
* EGYPT April 2008
* REPUBLIC OF IRELAND May 2011


Previous Position(s)

Consultant Lecturer | UFS Business School
2005 - 2007

Strategy Dynamics
Contemporary Business Leadership


Senior Lecturer School of Architecture | University of the Free State
1972 - 1985

Academia, Education and Training

Specialised in Architectural Design
and Contemporary History of Architecture


Founder & Senior Partner | B+archW Architects & Urban Planners
1970 - 2009

Travel opened new horizons as an architect: not only did one experience the diversity of building styles and methods in different countries, but I have also been fortunate enough in personally meeting Kenzo Tange (Japan), Mario Botta (Switzerland) and Oscar Niemeyer (Brazil) all in their native countries.

As a keen photographer, these travel excursions abroad to many countries, offered me the opportunity to compile a comprehensive photo-library of contemporary and historical architecture

Educational history

Secondary

Secondary School Sentraal, Bloemfontein, South Africa (1967)

Tertiary

UNIVERSITY OF FREE STATE (UFS)

1968 - 2004

B.Arch, and post-graduate MSS & MBA: - Architecture, Urban Planning & Business Administration

Achievements

Awards

ENTREPRENEUR of the YEAR AWARD (SCHOOL of BUSINESS) | 2010

Award 2010
Entrepreneurial and Visionary Leadership in Businesses
as Architect / Planner and Travel Entrepreneur

UFS School of Business Alumni
October 2010
B+archW Architects & Urban Planners / SURE ETNIQUE TRAVEL

media exposure

vagobond | 2012

Interview March 2012:
Vagabond Architect - Johann BEUKES

Academic Achievements

MSS - Post-Gradute in Urban Planning | 1977

Cum Laude with distinction in thesis

MBA - Masters in Business Administration | 2004

Cum Laude with distinctions in all 16 modules
THESIS: The AuNaturel LEADER

Activities

Memberships

SURE GROUP HOLDINGS PTY LTD

Board Member, 2008 - present

A South African based Travel Group, consisting of some 105 member firms represented around the country. The Board consists of 10 elected non-executive Directors/ Board Members and the CEO.

ASTA American Society of Travel Agents

President Southern Africa Chapter, 2011 - present

Representing ASTA in Southern African Region

ASATA: Association of South African Travel Agents Chairperson Central Region ASATA 2011/2

Member's Council, 2011 - present

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL representing the Travel Industry of Southern Africa

community

MISSION without BORDERS

Sponsor, 2005 - present

Assisting Welfare Centres for Children internationally

Other Activities

Vino Piacere

Founder, 2010 - present

An enthusiastic group of couples partaking in food and wine pairing evenings

Testimonials

Sybrand Pretorius Vice-President PAREXEL INTERNATIONAL USA

"“Johann, is an exceptional architect. His creativity is complemted by extensive experience, as well as a healthy sense of what is practical and sensible. In addition, he is one of the most trustworthy, relaible and honest people that I have ever met.
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
" - 2010

Mac van der Merwe CHAIRMAN ZORGFLIET GROUP

"“Johann is a creative thinker and a team man. As Board Member of the Sure Holdings company he has made his mark as a Director of high credibality and integrity. The corporate world needs more Johann Beukes'. I am proud to say I know Johann.” " - 2011

Vanya Lessing CEO SURE TRAVEL PTY LTD

"“Johann is a quiet strategic thinker who gets involved where he can add value. Johann has completed in depth studies and research in the travel industry and dimensional leadership in the business world.
Johann is passionate about travel and his knowledge is extensive.
It is a pleasure to work with Johann as a Sure Travel Board member, colleague and friend.”
" - 2011

Peter Long MD AMADEUS SOUTHERN AFRICA

"“Johann is energetic, enthusiastic and inspirational person. Johann is the most respectful and honest business man I have ever dealt with. He has the ability to make you feel important and make you feel good about yourself just by talking to you. He is an provider's dream client. Johann is my role model.” " - 2011

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