Understand your liability under the CPA

“It is imperative that event organisers understand the many requirements of the CPA,” says Advocate Louis Nel, a lawyer who specialises in the travel, tourism, events and hospitality industries. You may also know him simply as “Louis the Lawyer”. The CPA, or Consumer Protection Act (No 68 of 2008), was signed into law on 24…

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Sandton Convention Centre’s Janine Baltensperger Women in MICE

Janine Baltensperger, Events Manager at Sandton Convention Centre, has been acknowledged as a dedicated and valuable contributor to the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibition industry at the fourth annual Women in MICE awards, held at Rand Club of Johannesburg. The event, which took place on Thursday, 17 August 2017, aims to celebrate and pay tribute…

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Celebrating the Top 40 Women in MICE 2017

Meetings magazine and ThePlanner.guru recognised and celebrated this year’s Top 40 Women in MICE at a glamorous luncheon on 17 August 2017. The women who make it onto this list are entrepreneurs, visionaries and mentors – they are a real force to be reckoned with. They know what it takes to have longevity in the…

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Sustainable events are non-negotiable

In her official opening address for the Event Greening Forum (EGF) 2017 Conference, on 27 July at Valverde Eco Hotel, Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo said sustainability within the business events industry is no longer negotiable and outlined a strategy to promote it. Kotze-Nhlapo is the Chief Convention Bureau Officer for South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB), an…

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Industry recognition for MICE professionalism in luxury Safari expeditions 2017

Celia du Preez is Hayward’s Grand Safari Company’s secret weapon. Providing luxurious experiences for 200 VIP delegates on mobile luxury safaris across Africa, the company’s operations in themselves are a huge undertaking; yet Celia and her team continue to receive an average 98% guest feedback and satisfaction levels from their VIP guests. With the Hayward’s…

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Linda Reddy crosses the floor to Palazzo

Linda Reddy’s consummate hotel management skills have seen her move rapidly through the ranks at Tsogo Sun to her newest position as GM of the group’s flagship hotel at Montecasino, The Palazzo. Durban-born Reddy joined Tsogo Sun in the late 90s doing part time work at Garden Court South Beach in Durban and there gained…

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SAACI Tshwane Flies High

We live in a world of increasing information overload.  Getting the message across in order to ensure that the receiver of the information in fact gets the actual message takes smart crafting of the spoken and written word. More significant is the eyeball-to-eyeball contact within any type of people gathering.  Known as the MICE industry…

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5 tips for event décor on a shoestring

“Marketing spend is becoming more cautious and frugal. Money spent on events is last on the list, and the ‘nice to have’s’ that go beyond the venue and food tend to be frowned upon,” says Katja Schmidt, the MD of Potters Hand Activations. As clients shrink their budgets and ask for more added value, event…

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Top Women in MICE women reflect on Women’s Day

We reached out to find out how the 2017 Top Women in Mice Finalists are celebrating Women’s Day this year, and what the day means to them. Here’s what they had to say…   “Women’s Month is a tribute not only to the thousands of women who marched in South Africa in 1956, but also…

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