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Location and timing is everything

…says Protea Hotel Group’s Danny Bryer.As hotel groups heave a collective sigh of relief that occupancy levels in South Africa have shown a full year of recovery, one can strategically look at possible expansion says Danny Bryer, Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue for the Protea Hospitality Group. Bryer was commenting after the...

Get ready for Decorex Durban 2013

As 2013 swiftly approaches, so does the annual KwaZulu-Natal showcase of South Africas hottest dcor, design and lifestyle products and inspiration, Decorex Durban. Decorex Durban takes place from the 21st 24th March 2013 at the Durban Exhibition Centre.Following last years success (Decorex Durban 2012 attracted unprecedented visitor numbers), the...

Opinion piece from Wayne Hill, Emperors Palace

One has to agree that as the year draws to an end, most people cant wait for the holidays to begin. But just before all the corporates (big or small) close their doors, theres always the last minute stress of organising the company year-end function. Not exactly the easiest of tasks; one has to cater for all tastes and interests of the staff,...

Top class teambuilding

in 2012 Business isn’t booming for everyone; however. it’s not all doom and gloom in the teambuilding industry, as Meetings SA recently found out. Two teambuilding companies, Dream Team Catalyst and Elephants in Main Street, tell us about the year that was and what they – and we – can look forward to in 2013. “At Dream Team Catalyst, we’re very...

Global flavour characterises 2012

Sandton Convention Centre This past year looks set to go down as Sandton Convention Centre’s coming of ageMeetingsSA explores the reasons. Validated by recognition of its status as the country’s ‘most technologically advanced convention centre’ by TPSA and winner of Best Corporate Conference Venue 2012 in the BTAfrica Business Travel Awards, not...

Naughty but nice

Burlesque comes to Emperors Palace<Blurb> Top entertainment destination Emperors Palace introduces a November/December year-end function and Christmas party season with an exciting twist: London’s West End smash hit show, Hurly Burly. Hold on to your feather boas because Emperors Palace is about to get all shook up with its colourful...

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 programme when it reopened the Executive Block of...

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...

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 yet....

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...