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Justin Hawes elected as first African president for global association IFES

Representing 15 industry associations together with 250 contractors from 40 countries, Brussels-headquartered International Federation of Exhibition & Event Services (IFES) has elected Scan Display’s managing director, Justin Hawes, as its president for 2021-2022. South African-based exhibition, events and display company, Scan Display, was IFES’ first member from Africa, having joined the association 15 years ago when Hawes attended his first IFES World Summit in London in 2005. Scan’s involvement with IFES has supported the company’s global development and enabled the company to build stands for exhibitions in different parts of the world. Hawes was appointed to the role of treasurer of IFES in 2013, making him the first person from a developing country to be elected to the association’s board. He has served as IFES treasurer since 2013, as well as its vice president since 2015. This year’s meeting took place as a hybrid event, with participation from 40 members in Hanover,...

Virtual Events Knowledge Series: The Business of Winning

Meetings and events are here to stay – whether they are online or hybrid – as they allow us to come together, share, learn, achieve and enable collective progress. This next episode in Flock Eventing Platform’s Knowledge Series events hosts guets speaker Dave Germond, co-founder and director of TEAMSHIP™, which provides...

Save the date: SAACI’s Proof of Concept hybrid event

The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) in collaboration with the Events Safety Council has announced a new date for the proposed ‘Proof of Concept’ hybrid event, which is: Wednesday, 15 July 2020. The event will help guide the business events sector on how to use the Events Safety Guidelines that form...

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UFI launches its global Exhibition Management School

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has partnered with MBB-Consulting, a training specialist, to deliver a new educational programme for exhibition organisers. The UFI-Exhibition Management School (UFI-EMS) will provide high-quality education and training, thus helping to promote the professionalism of the global exhibition...

Filling the void: OurAfrica Travel 2020 travel show

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all African trade shows this year have been cancelled. Yet many businesses in the travel trade desperately need an alternative way to engage with the market. Enter OurAfrica Travel 2020, a virtual ‘travel show’ that connects global buyers and African suppliers. The platform is both cost-effective and easy-to-use,...

BON Hotels reopens in South Africa with four new properties

Following months of limited activity, BON Hotels has announced the reopening of five of its properties across the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, alongside the opening of four new hotels within its stable. “We are grateful to be welcoming new and returning guests to BON Hotels properties across the country. We have taken every...