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Author: Helen Brewer

Keep your skills fresh

Respective Knowledge Bubbles will update the experienced travel, training and venue participants on a whole range of MICE requirements with a supplied manual and high-value takeaway notes. Non-core tasks within the travel trade, venues as well as training companies include the organising of various types of events and courses respectively....

Challenging Times for SAACI Promoters of CMP?

When The MICE Academy introduced the American-owned and managed CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) programme to South Africa in 2004 – seven South Africans attained certification in 2006. By 2011 – with the MICE Academy steering a particularly time-consuming programme – there were 37 confirmed South African CMPs with an additional...

Potential Legislative Impacts on MICE

Two pieces of legislation are being debated or promulgated which could have a far-reaching impact on two prime MICE suppliers. Staging & Production Moves Swiftly The change-over from analogue to digital has prompted ICASA (The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) the re-allocation of radio frequencies used by wireless...

Gloom times for MICE bar services

Booze abuse is proving a cause for concern within the SA MICE industry. Information gleaned from several sources – during November & December – indicating that personnel are over-imbibing to the extent that staff movements – at a function – have been traced with bottles of hooch found residing in a number of vehicle boots. Not to...

Relaxed, Refreshed & Renewed?

With the year-end recess a distant memory – pundits are predicting a rocky 2017. Not that 2016 could be regarded as a whole lot of fun.  Yet taking stock of some interesting MICE developments in the latter half of 2016 – it may be worthy for the event planning fraternity to take stock going forward. The other Michael Jackson has cautioned...

Will the real exhibition please stand up?

The exhibition industry is particularly sensitive to emulation and in the past few years, similar sector exhibitions held within weeks of one another have emerged and at times even at the same venue. Helen Brewer of the MICE Academy investigates… Over a century ago, John Ruskin, a leading English art critic said: “There is hardly anything in the...

Post Mortem planning – It’s not over when it’s over

‘Successful Planning is the Knowledge that Every End is a New Beginning’ Although the planning team may take a breather for a day or two – it is best to strike while the memory remains fresh and vivid by undertaking a thorough post mortem or as some would term the wrap-up, a debriefing. There are standard procedures to the process which should be...

Accreditation…say what?

‘Credible’ companies are a misnomer Employer companies are not candidates for credibility in the true sense of the word. An employer entity can alter in many ways, which clouds the true interpretation of credible. A company can change its business focus, directors, method of operating or be sold as a whole or partially, therefore the credible...

Conceptual planning – It all starts here every time

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” – Dr Laurence J Peter Events are expensive undertakings whether in research, suppliers, services, time putting it all together as well as many attendees out-of-the-office with high expectations to name but a few that impacts on the...

The top ten professionalisms & ethics for planners

Appearance A professional is neat in appearance. Be sure to meet or even exceed the requirements of a professional planner’s dress code, and pay special attention to your appearance when meeting with prospects or clients. 2. Demeanor Your demeanor should exude confidence but not cockiness. Be polite and well-spoken whether you’re...