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Helen Brewer

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Snooze you lose

‘We live in an age where you cannot be passive and merely the proverbial spectator’ especially in the event industry. This was part of the message presented by Louis the Lawyer and Wayne Duvenhage at the sixth MICE Focus Group of 2013. Entitled...

Raising the bar

‘Establishing standards is long overdue or we are going nowhere as an industry.’ Unfortunately this is not being stated by the conference industry. There are so many long and short courses that provide all the theory and degrees while a...

e-tolls and business gatherings

‘It may be a serious rocky ride for business gatherings with e-tolls on the near horizon’ We know the e-tolls may be here sooner than later. The repercussions on the MICE industry have yet to be felt. For example – many a top class venue with best...

Pointers from the professionals

It’s rare to get first hand, hot information from top speakers free-of-charge’ Markex together with the Unique Speaker Bureau is giving us this golden opportunity and the valuable pointers are indeed pearls-of-wisdom. Clem Sunter kicked off the...

Essential business gathering

‘Just this once step out of your comfort zone and get tools to energize your events’ so says the MICE Academy. When it comes to fresh ideas and at no charge there is nothing to beat the happenings in Sandton Sun’s Hall 2 at Markex 11th to 13th...

Chinese gifts remain top of the pops

‘When all is said and done it comes down to the money’ so says the South African corporate gifts industry. This was one of the main confirmations of the 5th MICE Focus Group on Friday 24th May at the 5 star Gallagher Convention Centre. Wherever...

Slicing up the macro, micro & noisy world

‘It’s always the singer & not the song – that gets the message through to any gathering of people’. Nothing could be more accurate than the line-up of presenters at the USB pavilion during the 11th to 13th June Markex show. First off is the...

Treats all round

Visitors to Markex are in for a real treat this year – especially those that are seriously involved in the events (MICE) industry. Perhaps one of the most under-estimated bottom-line spends in the South African economy are the annual budgeted...

Green MICE, red hot

All things green dominated the 14th May Greening Workshop supported by the Event Greening Forum. A good turnout proved the importance that event greening is becoming a continuously growing requirement of interest and implementation. Venues and...

Marketing magnifique!

Times are tough out there for the independent organizer – whether PCO, Event Management company or whatever type of name used to explain the duties and tasks of the range of co-ordinating requirements for any gathering of people. Unless an...

Better, best, beneficial!

Ever wondered the real size of the corporate & association sectors of the events industry and the impact on the economy? At last the first-ever Economic Impact Study (UKEIS) for the UK events industry has been released. The South African...

MICE industry takes stock with scorecards

We all need to take stock as to where we are – at a given time – and where we want to be in the next six months. The first three months of 2013 have witnessed short, sharp information sessions on a variety of topics for all sectors of the...