Tourism at the forefront of sustainable energy initiatives

Tourism is leading the way in some of the world’s most innovative sustainable energy initiatives. Energy-efficient upgrades to aircraft, the shift to renewable fuel for aviation and cruise liners, energy technology solutions in hotels, as well as countless other initiatives are placing tourism at the forefront of the clean energy transformation, and these initiatives are…

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Johannesburg to host 3 global summits in 2013

Johannesburgs reputation as a premier destination for international conferences and exhibitions will receive a major boost next year when the City hosts three global summits. The Executive Mayor, Clr Mpho Parks Tau, says Johannesburg was selected as the host city for these summits because of its excellent record of success in organising major international events….

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Holiday Inn wins Icon Brand Award for second year running

The Icon Brand Awards is the largest of its kind in South Africa. To determine winners, the usage of over 8 000 brands is measured across 41 product categories and through 15 000 face to face interviews. Icon Brand Award winners are brands that are loved by, and have a durable and timeless relationship with,…

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Candidates Challenge CMP-IS Computer-based Exam

While the South African MICE industry remains confused with the ebb and flow of questionable communications from professional international programme management limited consideration or thought is given to those being seated for the first computer-based exam on the African continent at this time. Report backs from newly-seated South African candidates indicate less than satisfactory procedures…

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Food Glorious MICE Food

Catering companies differ tremendously with regards to what their particular cuisine offerings can accomplish for the specific type of MICE gathering. MICE buyers must be wary that a recommended caterer may be outstanding for a particular type of circumstance, yet the same caterer can fail miserably when the requirements are slightly different and out-of-sync with…

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SAACI CONFERENCE AIMS FOR MINIMUM ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

The organisers of the annual congress of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI), which will be held at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg from 29 to 31 July 2012, say a number of actions will be implemented to minimise the environmental impact of the event. Congress chairman Wayne Johnson says the…

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The Peninsula: RCI Best Large Resort

The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel has been crowned the RCI Best Large Resort 2012 at the prestigious RCI Awards, sharing the esteemed award with The Breakers. This is the fifth time that the Peninsula All-Suite Hotel has received this award, reaffirming itself once more as one of South Africa’s top hotels with a consistently high standard…

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Hilton Sandton appoints new Operations Director

Hilton Sandton has appointed a new Director of Operations, Heidi Kleine-Moller. The announcement follows the appointment, earlier this year, of Jan Van Der Putten as Vice President of Operations for Hilton Worldwide, Africa and Indian Ocean. Jan is also responsible for the business operations at Hilton Sandton and, together with Heidi, will manage the day-to-day…

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Tapping into trends wins Bytes an accolade

Bytes Connects, ongoing efforts to gain a deep understanding of the industry verticals it operates in, have won the company an accolade. Bytes Connect has won an award for consistently contributing to the success of the HICA (Hotel Investment Conference Africa) in Durban. The award, presented by the CEO of the Tourism Board Council of…

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Tourism growth tops agenda at Western Cape tourism meeting

Wesgro (Western Cape Destination Marketing, Investment and Trade Promotion Agency) recently hosted a meeting with various tourism stakeholders to find innovative ways to grow tourism to the Western Cape. South African Airways (SAA), the City of Cape Town, tour operator stakeholders and members of the conference and transport industries attended the meeting. The gathering examined…

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