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About us

Millennium’s executive management team comprises Linda Benwell (managing director), Grace Ruivo (financial director) and Nicole Nielsen (sales director).

Linda Benwell has been in the travel industry since 1974, having been trained by the Holiday Inn group. In 1987 she was awarded a Rotary Business Scholarship and was sent to the USA to study the marketing aspects of tourism in the hospitality industry. Her skills lie in her organising ability, the calmness with which she manages, and her vast experience in the logistics management of large and small international groups.
Grace Ruivo controls all the financial aspects of the group. She has over 30 years’ experience in accounts in the travel industry.
Nicole Nielsen has been in travel and hotel industries since 1976. She has an in-depth knowledge of the conference industry and has earned a reputation for finding creative solutions for clients in a fix.


Equity in XL Millennium Travel is held by BEE partners and Millennium Travel staff. In 2004, XL Millennium Travel took steps to become compliant with the broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Act, selling equity to BEE partners Mervyn and Brenda Cookson, who acquired 25.1% shareholding in XL Millennium Travel. Mervyn is Chairman of the board of directors and Brenda is a director.


The company is affiliated to the International Air Travel Association (IATA) and the Association of South African Travel Agents (ASATA). Linda Benwell is a member of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI). Millennium is also accredited with Top Professional Conference Organiser status by many leading hotel groups.
XL Millennium Travel is the appointed travel company serving the needs of the 70 000 members of the South African Association of Retired Persons.


Millennium prides itself on finding, training and retaining the best staff. Staff own 59% of the company.

Cape Town

About us


three XL Millennium has been in the travel, conference and event management business for 26 years. Between the three directors - Linda Benwell (Managing Director), Nicki Nielsen (Sales Director) and Grace Ruivo (Finance Director) - they have more than 120 years of experience under their belts! More...

Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE)

XL Millennium Travel is fully BEE compliant with a Level 4 Contributor to B-BBEE. Equity in XL Millennium Travel is held by SAARP management, BEE partners, Millennium Travel staff and an additional partner.

BEE Certificate


Leanne Nel

General Manager

Letitia Muller

Travel Manager

Jo-Anne Jenneker

Front Office Manager


Kim Diamond

Senior Travel Consultant

Gail Jagger

Senior Travel Consultant

Carla Rebello

Senior Travel Consultant

Gouwa Sheldon

Senior Travel Consultant

Janine Philander

Accounts Clerk

Shanaaz Khan

Accounts Clerk

Lucinda Karra


Paula Futre

Group Travel  Manager

Angela Beukes

Sales Executive

Ansu Colditz

Sales Executive

Melonie Lloyd

Sales Executive

Jacqueline Bonello

Conference Co-ordinator

Camerine Scott

Conference Co-ordinator

Karen van der Bergh

Conference & Events

Mary Vollmer

System Builder & Website


Michelle Jansen

Senior Travel Consultant

Elaine Thompson

Travel Consultant

Fatima Musso

Travel Consultant

Sibongile Duma

Junior Travel Consultant

Cerise Maartens

Sales Executive

Marlé du Raan

Conference Co-Ordinator

Some of our 2015/2016 events

3-day EXHIBITION & COMPETITION for World Skills South Africa.
3 days, 8000+ visitors.
Cape Town.



INCENTIVE TRIP for large insurance company. 40 delegates travelling to Mozambique.


CONFERENCE for international school association. 4 days, 500 delegates. Cape Town.


CONGRESS for medical association. 3 days, 250 delegates. Stellenbosch.


SALES CONFERENCE for large food brand. 50 delegates. Cape Town.


DESTINATION MANAGEMENT - 5 VIPs from an academic association travelling to Senegal.


DESTINATION MANAGEMENT for an international school rugby team travelling to South Africa. 24 delegates.


CONGRESS for an international public relations association. Johannesburg.


WORLD CONGRESS for large government department. 400 delegates. Cape Town.


TRAVEL WORKSHOP for a Cape Town university. 120 delegates. Cape Town.


CONFERENCE for a pharmaceutical assocation. 300 delegates. Johannesburg.


CONFERENCE for an international women's organisation. 400 delegates. Cape Town.