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New AAXO Board

The Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) held their AGM last week, and have announced their new board: *Projeni Pather – Chairperson – Exposure Marketing *Phetogo Khubeka – Vice Chairperson – Synergy Business Events*Mark Anderson – Treasurer – Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery*Suzette Scheepers...

3S Media announces the winners of the Top Women in MICE Awards 2019

The Top Women in MICE Awards 2019 culminated in a spectacular ceremony that recognised outstanding women across the length and breadth of the events industry. With an inspiring line-up of speakers and entertainment to create an ideal setting in which the industry’s most remarkable women were celebrated, the event upped the ante with the...

Nominate the Top 40 Women in MICE 2018

The Top 40 Women in MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) initiative has been going strong over the last four years, and plays an important role in providing a platform that motivates, inspires and supports women in the industry to achieve both personal and professional goals. It also connects women in the industry to leverage...

Montecasino’s new ultra-HD curved slots are a first in Africa

Montecasino’s gaming floor is more exciting than ever with the ‘first in Africa’ arrival of eight brand new Crystal Curve slot machines featuring ultra-HD, 4K, 43-inch curved display cabinets and two new top-rated games, setting a new benchmark in casino entertainment. The IGT Crystal Curve cabinets, launched in the USA last year, are nothing...

MARKEX 2018 is nearly here – so make sure you’re invited!

MARKEX is Africa’s premier promotional products expo, and will run from Wednesday 06 to Thursday 07 June 2018, 9:00 to 17:00 daily, at the Sandton Convention Centre. Are you ready for the 31st MARKEX show? Last year, MARKEX had over 100 exhibitors, and combined with MADEX (the Marketing, Advertising and Design expo that it is collocated with)...

Are you ready for MADEX 2018?

MADEX – the Marketing, Advertising and Design Expo – will be held from Wednesday 06 to Thursday 07 June 2018, 9:00 to 17:00 daily, at the Sandton Convention Centre. After its hugely successful launch last year, MADEX 2018 is expected to be a calendar highlight for professionals working in the marketing, advertising and design industries. Possibly...

Bookings open for the Event Greening Forum’s 2018 Conference & Master Class

Registration is now open for the Event Greening Forum’s (EGF) 2018 Conference on 14 June and Master Class on 13 June 2018, both at the forum white light in Lanseria, Johannesburg. The EGF is a non-profit organisation that promotes sustainability across the events industry. This year, the theme for its annual conference is “Future-proofing your...

Make sure your incentive travel programme is effective

Reward programmes are still an effective way to motivate and retain staff. However, the incentives need to be right to provide the best kind of motivation. Interestingly, non-cash rewards – such as incentive travel – often deliver greater returns than cash rewards. (Read the Incentive Research Foundations article on this here.) This is because...

Creating diverse events – get it right!

In South Africa, we should all know about the importance of creating diverse events – in this respect we are a little ahead of the international market who only now seem to be waking up to this idea. However, knowing we should and doing are sometimes two different things, so it’s worth taking a quick look at the various ways you can make sure...

Taj appoints new General Manager for Cape Town inner city property

Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris has announced the appointment of Mark Wernich as general manager of its luxurious South African property, Taj Cape Town. All Taj hotels are famed for their unique architecture, exquisite locations as well as their unwavering ‘Tajness’ – a combination of personally curated luxury and service that sets Taj hotels...

The 5 biggest misconceptions around event safety

The Planner spoke to Andre Botha, a safety manager and consultant to Medguys (www.medguys.co.za), to find out what he finds are the biggest misconceptions event planners have around event safety. These are the five that he most commonly experiences: It won’t happen to me or my event While having a positive outlook is largely a good thing,...

Take listeriosis off the menu

South Africa’s recent listeriosis outbreak – the largest known outbreak of this foodborne illness in the world – was a blunt reminder that we cannot be complacent about food safety. Listeriosis is caused by a common bacteria that lives in soil, water and vegetation. Normally health and safety standards ensure it does not pass into our food...