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Your favourite corporate gift picks

The ideal corporate gift is one that is going to be kept, used and treasured over the years. But what does this mean? The Planner asked around to get ideas on which corporate gifts have been a hit and why. Read on for some inspiration. . Carol Weaving Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions “The gifts I prefer are the ones that are either practical...

Compostable alternatives to plastic

In events, single-use or disposable plastics have been especially useful in offering convenience, speed, scale, hygiene and affordability. Think of an event with thousands of attendees, and how quickly and safely they can be catered for with pre-packaged meals, disposable cutlery in sterile packaging, and disposable coffee cups (made from paper,...

Top Women in MICE Awards 2019 photo gallery

This year’s Top Women in MICE Awards Ceremony was an entertainment-packed and stylish affair, held at La Toscana, Montecasino, on Thursday 29 August. . CLICK HERE TO MEET THE AWARD WINNERS . Kim Weber (Century City Conference Centre and Hotel) & Cindy Pereira-Buser (Mirchee Destination Management & Weddings in Africa)Sannikie...

New AAXO Board

The Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) held their AGM last week, and have announced their new board: *Projeni Pather – Chairperson – Exposure Marketing *Phetogo Khubeka – Vice Chairperson – Synergy Business Events*Mark Anderson – Treasurer – Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery*Suzette Scheepers...

3S Media announces the winners of the Top Women in MICE Awards 2019

The Top Women in MICE Awards 2019 culminated in a spectacular ceremony that recognised outstanding women across the length and breadth of the events industry. With an inspiring line-up of speakers and entertainment to create an ideal setting in which the industry’s most remarkable women were celebrated, the event upped the ante with the...

Time Square’s Executive Sous Chef is hungry for challenges

Despite his gruff exterior, star chef Jaco Truter knows how to make culinary magic. At the tender age of 26 years, Chef Jaco has been appointed Executive Sous Chef at Time Square in Menlyn Maine where he gets to be creative, show off his culinary prowess and be part of some exciting projects such as the second Appetite Fest taking Place in...

Simply sustainable

The sustainability discussion within the events industry is one that is all-pervading… but is it delivering results? The Planner Guru gauges where we are and speaks to sector specialists on safeguarding our future. Everyone agrees that sustainability is key to ensuring the future of not just industry but the entire planet. There is a particular...

Event Greening Q&As

Many interesting questions were raised at the Event Greening Forum’s (EGF) 2019 Conference on 11 July at Maropeng. Here are some of them, with answers and additional resources. Q. Shouldn’t we be encouraging plant-based eating at events? Meat agriculture produces more methane than food waste and uses huge amounts of water. Plants are compostable;...

The King Kong of Content

The content and messaging behind your event or conference can make or break your occasion but a misalignment could have disastrous reputational ramifications. The Planner Guru informs your content strategy. The world of MICE presents a unique opportunity to every marketer’s conundrum – getting the right people together, in the right place, at the...