It’s better in the bush

What a year it’s been Legacy Hotel’s Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge will leave a lasting legacy in the minds of your staff and clients. In fact, it’s a place they’ll want to return to for both business and play. This year saw the completion of the latest phase of the Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge refurbishment…

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Conferencing in Africa

An increased demand As more and more companies take their clients and staff into Africa for business, Julia Mafcher sits down with Kenya Airways sales manager for South Africa, Helena Maxwell, to discuss why business tourism and conferencing is so lucrative in the rest of the continent. According to the International Congress and Conventions Association…

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Wedding bells and whistles

The meeting professional’s role The bride and groom aren’t the only ones who strive for the perfect wedding day. Behind the scenes, meetings professionals and service providers hope for the same outcome. So, how do meetings professionals influence the wedding? Meetings SA finds out. “The standard of The Wedding Expo this year was the highest…

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Stable, fast connectivity is the foundation of cloud computing for SMMEs

Opinion piece by Dawie Bloomberg MD of Green Apple IT: Cloud computing offers many benefits for the Small, Micro and Medium Enterprise (SMME), including the ability to access the latest technology to optimise business efficiency, improved scalability and flexibility. On top of these is the advantage of moving this technology from a capital expense to…

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Jo’burg welcomes African Grantmakers’ Network Assembly

This week, Johannesburg Tourism Company, in partnership with the SA National Convention Bureau and Gauteng Tourism Authority, will be extending a warm welcome to an assembly of 400 delegates, attending the Second Biennial African Grantmakers Network Assembly at Turbine Hall in Newtown, from 30 October 2 November 2012. They also sponsored and hosted a welcome…

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25 reasons EIBTM 25 is a must attend event

1) Be part of the largest global hub for meetings industry professionals attending from over 150 countries thats over 15,200 potential business contacts www.eibtm.com/visit 2) Meet and do business with over 3,100 international exhibitors representing over 5,000 venues, hotels, destinations, technology, business travel and event services – www.eibtm.com/directory 3) Celebrate EIBTMs 25th Birthday in the…

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Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards WINNERS

The winners in the 2012 Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards programme were announced yesterday. The programme is organised by the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA) in association with the National Department of Tourism and is supported by Absa, the Department of Water Affairs, Eskom, the Industrial Development Corporation and Dont Waste Services. Imvelo, running…

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MICE time management – Friend or foe?

Many MICE suppliers and services of venues, products and planning services continue to remonstrate about the short lead times in booking and / or ordering of a variety of essential pre-requisites for a sudden decision taken to have a Meeting, Incentive, Conference or Exhibition. Short lead times are a sign of questionable decision-making by the…

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Coca-Cola Dome – still Jo’burg’s favourite concert venue

The winners of the Leisure Options Best of Joburg Awards have been announced and its unanimous – the Coca-Cola dome is the concert venue that rocks Joburgers supreme and has done for the past 14-years in a row. Recognised as one of South Africas most versatile special event venues, the Coca-Cola dome has hosted an…

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Mice column – 25/10/12

MICE professionals have a tendency to be quick at criticizing others organizing tasks in comparison to their own abilities. Its a natural consequence of viewing an end result at a MICE undertaking with an organizer other than oneself. One observes questionable aspects such as congested human traffic-flows, confused registration areas, poor lighting, incomprehensible backdrop signage…

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