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Author: Martin HIller

To app or not to app?

Despite 81% of event planners saying they had used engagement technology as part of their work, 39% regarded themselves as beginners or novices when it comes to event apps, according to a recent live poll taken by Lumi. A small but significant 12% said they knew nothing about them. The poll, taken at the beginning of an event for conference and...

Congratulations to Kyle Smith, DES for achieving another first for Africa

OCS, or on-line content solutions is the leading global engagement platform for sharing information. Virtual events, live streaming and hybrid conferences are sometimes misunderstood as add-on features of live events whereas they are actually fully integrated but separately produced events with their own set of objectives, strategy and outcomes....

Event planners take note

Those who plan on behalf of their corporation, association and public sector entities have called for the opportunity to provide inputs on a range of planning issues. These are the salaried planners who are required to prudently spend on behalf of their employer in ensuring their experiences – at the coal face – are collated to form a pattern of...

AAXO appoints General Manager – Pat Lofstedt

In keeping with their continued endeavours to professionalise and grow the exhibition industry in Africa and South Africa, the Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) have welcomed Pat Lofstedt to the position of General Manager of AAXO as from the 3rd of April 2017. “From the outset, Pat displayed in-depth knowledge of the exhibition...

FanCon – the Cape Town Comic Con descends on the CTICC

It’s all about comic books, superheroes, superheroines and dastardly villains at the second annual FanCon: Cape Town Comic Con taking place at the CTICC from Saturday, 29 April to Monday, 1 May. According to FanCon’s organiser, Nizar Abrahams, the event is modelled on overseas comic conventions, or so-called comic cons, where fans of comic books...

New Tsogo Sun hotel has prime location on the Avenida da Marginal in Maputo

Tsogo Sun is significantly increasing its investment in Mozambique’s vibrant capital city, Maputo, with the construction of a brand new R220-million hotel, StayEasy Maputo, located just 2km from the group’s luxury Southern Sun Maputo Hotel, which itself had a R300-million makeover in 2014 to emerge as the largest hotel in the city with a total of...

Radisson RED opts for curator over traditional GM

Africa’s very first Radisson RED – a fresh and unique hotel culture inspired by all things art, music and fashion – has appointed Dale Simpson as Curator and leader of Cape Town’s newest hotel concept, set to shake up the local hospitality scene in the third quarter of 2017. In the hotel industry, a General Manager is traditionally the individual...

Colin Cowie – An Event Not To Be Missed!

 AS GOOD AS GOLD An Exclusive Experience with Life Style Guru to the Stars, Colin Cowie. If you are in the event industry, don’t miss this! 3rd May 2017 The South African event industry is an ever changing environment. Colin Cowie is a world-renowned planner and stylist who is originally from South Africa and is now living in New York. Here...

Drakensberg Sun Resort renovates the Lakeview restaurant

Nestled in the Cathkin Peak area of the Central Drakensberg mountains in KwaZulu-Natal, lies the award-winning, stylish Drakensberg Sun Resort. Few destinations evoke fun, romance and natural beauty more completely. As part of an overall renovation project to the property, the changes and additions to the Lakeview Restaurant, at a cost of R3,7...

SA’s Neo scoops 2017 UFI Next Generation Leadership grant

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has named Neo Mohlatlole, Business Development Director at Seven Colors Communications, as one of the five talented exhibition professionals from around the world who won the 2017 UFI Next Generation Leadership grant. “It is exciting to have been chosen as one of the winners,” Mohlatlole...

aha TheRex Hotel adds an additional 56 rooms in R65m property extension

aha TheRex Hotel, Western Cape; one of Knysna’s most sophisticated accommodation establishments is currently undergoing an extension to its property. The construction commenced last December and is set to be completed by November 2017. The project will encompass an addition of 56 new hotel rooms which will maintain the same mix of contemporary...

Rand Show goes all out for exciting closing weekend

You’ve got just days left to experience all the fun that the Rand Show has to offer, as SA’s biggest consumer expo gears up for a bumper closing weekend full of top-class entertainment. Whoever you are, whatever you love to do, the Rand Show has something for you. Here are some of the highlights of the Rand Show’s closing weekend – Friday to...