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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,...

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...

ICCA invites associations to join its community

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) recently launched the ICCA Association Community, to help foster relationships between associations and its members in order to advance international association meetings on a global scale. James Rees, ICCA President, says, “ICCA is the global community and knowledge hub for the...

Spier Wine Farm is coming to Gauteng!

Now Gautengers can enjoy a taste of the Spier farm life without having to travel far; Casalinga in Muldersdrift will host a Spier pop up on Saturday, 29 February 2020. Guests will be able to taste Spier’s acclaimed wines and farm-fresh food, while seasonal produce, pantry essentials (such as jam and preserves) and Farmer Angus’ pasture-reared...

Crowne Plaza rebrands as Southern Sun Rosebank

From 1 February 2020, Tsogo Sun Hotels’ property Crowne Plaza will be rebranded as Southern Sun Rosebank. The rebrand will be accompanied by a full refurbishment of the venue. Ravi Nadasen, Tsogo Sun Hotels’ COO, says, “Rosebank is booming. The opening of the Gautrain station in 2011 spurred growth into the precinct, making it a favoured...

Taubie Motlhabane appointed CEO of the CTICC

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has appointed Taubie Motlhabane as its new CEO. Motlhabane will formally take over the position from the convention centre’s current CEO, Julie-May Ellingson, at the end of January 2020.   Motlhabane will formally take over the position from the convention centre’s current CEO, Julie-May...

United Airlines launches direct flights between Cape Town and New York/Newark

United Airlines has launched its first service from South Africa – a nonstop flight between Cape Town, South Africa, and New York/Newark, U.S.A. This is the first direct air service between these two cities. The new flight route has been warmly welcomed on both sides of the Atlantic, as a way to develop business opportunities between the two...

SA Tourism CEO cleared of any wrong doing

Following his suspension on 01 April 2019 and an independent investigation, the South African Tourism (SA Tourism) CEO, Mr Sisa Ntshona, has been cleared of any wrong doing. In a press statement issued on 13 December 2019, the SA Tourism Board said: ‘Following a thorough process which saw a forensic investigation and a disciplinary hearing...

Sandton Convention Centre wins a Lilizela Tourism Award

The Sandton Convention Centre (SCC) was honoured with a Lilizela Tourism Award in the Conference and Exhibition Venue category, at the prestigious 2019 awards ceremony on 9 November. The Lilizela Tourism Awards are hosted by South African Tourism, and recognise and reward tourism businesses that deliver a world-class product and service – and in...