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Author: Julia Mafcher

Travel in style

On the right track

A moving meeting, a high-speed event or an interactive incentive travel trip. Next time you’re looking for the perfect staff reward, a journey on one of South Africa’s luxury trains should be top of your list. BLUE TRAIN Since its inception in 1946, the world-renowned Blue Train has been associated with the best in luxury hospitality and tourism....

A grand affair

The regal St Regis Mauritius Resort is a destination worth praising for days on end. The leisure and dining options will blow you away and the conferencing and meeting facilities make working an absolute pleasure. Mauritius, a sparkling gem in the Indian Ocean, welcomes guests to her beautiful shores all year round. Traditionally a leisure...

On the up & up

Exquisite beaches and game reserves aside, the Eastern Cape province is on the fast track to taking pride of place as one of South Africa’s up and coming business tourism destinations. The past few years have seen the Eastern Cape expand its business tourism opportunities, with brand new conference facilities and hotel developments in the process...

Rewind, Fast forward

The Rand Show 2013 was a great success, thanks to expert planning and hard work. As one show ends, another one begins. Craig Newman, JEC CEO, talks past, present and future. A lot of thought went into the changing of the annual Rand Show and there are always challenges when transforming a long-standing event. Bold changes? Yes. But positive? Most...

In the Hot Seat: Ricky da Costa

Meetings SA chats to Tshwane Events Centre marketing and facilities manager Ricky da Costa about event industry challenges, some big transformations and the exciting year ahead. Tshwane’s premier and most versatile venue, the Tshwane Events Centre, has the capacity and capability to host any national or international event – from 10 to 10 000...

For the thrill of it

From team building along the South Coast to a conference at the foot of the Drakensberg, Pumula Beach Hotel and Champagne Sports Resort have everything to offer and more. Champagne Sports Resort has been striving to be perfect for both work and play. “This is a difficult balance to achieve; but following recent developments we believe we’ve...

A momentary pause

The Oyster Box charm… I could happily spend days, weeks, even months staring out into the Indian Ocean, lounging beside the Oyster Box pool. It is calm, serene, perfect and beautiful. The hotel says so itself: “Where business is a pleasure.” The hotel has kept its colonial old-world charm, with a modern twist here and there. Originally...

Best of the Westin

The beauty of business… A top tourist destination on one side, the V&A Waterfront; one of the new seven wonders of the world on the other, Table Mountain; and the deep blue Atlantic on the left, The Westin Cape Town is hard to do justice to in words. But we’ll try. The location alone is enough to draw you to this five-star luxurious...

Walking on sunshine

Our beautiful, sometimes controversial, neighbour is slowly but surely coming out of the darkness and with that comes vast opportunities in the business and leisure tourism industries. Meetings SA takes a closer look. To quote the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority: “Zimbabwe is a song, which, once heard, is never forgotten; a mood to suit the needs of...

The art of corporate gifting

That’s a wrap… Whether they’re placed in conference delegates’ bags or a thank you to your staff members for their hard work, gifts and promotional items are an important aspect of the MICE and business tourism industries. There’s no better way to say thank you than with something special from Carrol Boyes. A household and international...

The call of the Zulu Kingdom

Sea? Check. Beach? Check. Business? Yes please. From the beautiful lush Midlands and the popular Dolphin Coast to the bustling Durban central, KwaZulu-Natal has an abundance of venues and activities for both business and leisure tourists to enjoy. The gateway to Durban, King Shaka International Airport (KSIA), opened its doors in May 2010....

Green cheers!

The Event Greening Forum (EGF) hosted its inaugural Conference on 18 February 2013. It was a well-attended event, attracting people from across the Southern African events industry. Based on its success, the conference will become an annual fixture on the EGFs calendar. We decided to host the event to tie in with Meetings Africa, the continents...