Gillian Saunders Global leader - travel, tourism & leisure +27 (010) 590 7200


Gillian is our global leader for the travel, tourism & leisure industry and head of advisory services for Grant Thornton South Africa.

  • Developed a national tourism strategy for South Africa
  • Assessed the benefits of the 2010 Soccer World Cup hosted in South Africa
  • Advised on restructuring of a major Southern African hotel group
  • Regularly selected as an expert in disputes relating to hotels and lodges
  • Major market research surveys of the tourism sector
  • Numerous hotel feasibility studies 

Gillian works with a wide range of clients across the travel, tourism & leisure industry in both the public and private sectors, providing tourism and business strategies, feasibility studies, economic impact assessments, destination marketing plans and valuations. She is a regular media commentator and sits on the board of the University of Johannesburg’s school of tourism and hospitality.

  • BSc (Hons) hotel, catering and tourism management (University of Surrey)
  • MBA degree (Wits Business School)
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