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Meetings Africa turns 15

Meetings Africa, described as the continent’s premier business events trade show, returns to the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg on the 25 and 26 February 2020 – for the 15th time. 17 African countries will take part, as well as hundreds of buyers. The show, which is owned by South African Tourism, plays a critical role in bringing together the African business tourism industry and decision-makers, to advance the tourism interests of our continent. “In 2018 business tourism contributed R115 billion to the country’s economy.” Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, the Chief Conventions Bureau Officer, says, “Meetings Africa is geared to enhance the collaboration between African countries and African associations so as to create more shared economic benefits for the continent’s MICE sector, it is where the world comes to buy Africa.” The value in doing this is significant. Business tourists spend more than leisure tourists, and in 2018 business tourism contributed R115 billion...

AI Expo Africa’s rapid success

AI Expo Africa, the continent’s largest B2B trade event focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions and innovations for business leaders, will take place at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town on the 3rd and 4th of September 2020. The event has experienced phenomenal growth despite only launching in 2018. For example, AI Expo...

UFI’s report now available: ‘The Exhibition Industry and the UN SDGs’

Earlier this month, UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, released the second edition of its report on the exhibition industry’s contribution to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). The report details 25 case studies submitted by exhibition organisers, venues, and service providers from 14 countries,...

New luxury hotel in Sandton to launch at the end 2020

Newmark Hotels, a leading hotel management company, is opening a luxury hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg at the end of 2020. The Catalyst Hotel will service both business and leisure travellers, with 207 rooms, a fully-equipped conference facility, state-of-the-art gym and full-service spa. The hotel’s location is close to the iconic Gautrain...

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Meetings Africa turns 15

Meetings Africa, described as the continent’s premier business events trade show, returns to the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg on the 25 and 26 February 2020 – for the 15th time. 17 African countries will take part, as well as hundreds of buyers. The show, which is owned by South African Tourism, plays a critical role in bringing...

JB Train Tours to close

JB Train Tours has announced they are closing, and will cease operating as of Saturday 15 February 2020. A statement on the company’s Facebook page says, “After more than four decades in the Tourism industry in Southern Africa, we at JB Train Tours (Since 1975) have decided to call it a ‘halt’. “We’ve had long discussions, various meetings,...

New luxury hotel in Sandton to launch at the end 2020

Newmark Hotels, a leading hotel management company, is opening a luxury hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg at the end of 2020. The Catalyst Hotel will service both business and leisure travellers, with 207 rooms, a fully-equipped conference facility, state-of-the-art gym and full-service spa. The hotel’s location is close to the iconic Gautrain...