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Author: Heather Hook

Building relationships with venues

You will often find that face-to-face meetings with a few key venues can go a long way in cementing a mutually beneficial relationship between you. Chat to them about the type of events you usually hold – see how they can work with your clients’ specifications and how flexible they can be on issues such as price, risk catering, and the...

The 2016 Hollard Daredevil Run

The Hollard Daredevil Run will see men of all ages, shapes and Speedo-sizes run help to spread the word that early testing and detection of common male cancers can save lives. Daredevils will brave a skimpy 5km run in public wearing nothing more than the event’s official purple Speedo – and a good dose of sunscreen. The event started...

Bye Bye Baby – Franki Valli Tribute

Get your arts and culture on with this tribute show to Franki Valli and The Four Seasons, now showing at Joburg Theatre until February 28th. The show features an international cast, who cover the rise to fame of Franki Valli and his ever changing band, through the 1950’s, 60’s and in to the 70’s right from how the group formed –...

IVTM goes Bose

INHOUSE Venue Technical Management, a subsidiary of the Gearhouse Group South Africa has taken delivery of another 12 units of the Bose L1 Compact portable PA system supplied by Durban-based Energywise Systems, into its various operations across the country. Starting with an initial purchase of 8 sets in 2010, IVTM has now increased its stock...

Top event buyers reject event trade’s comments

The first Consensus Conversation at Hackle Brooke Convention Centre uncovered whether government should initiate or spearhead a Professional Planner Standard being investigated at this time. This was one of the outcomes from the Events Summit in late 2015 in which the trade maintained that without government leadership – a professional planner...

Final steps toward the Professional Planner Standards

A purposely-designed limited attendance from the second Event Summit will gather on Friday 29 January at Hackle Brooke Convention Centre to debate and agree on the fundamental steps before the Professional Planner Standards begins to take shape. This will be the first Focused Consensus Conversation. Following a breakfast, the programme will...

MICE definitions – a rose by any other name?

The vexing issue of definitions continues to confuse all sectors of the MICE industry.  One person’s event is another person’s conference hence the accepted generic term of MICE which describes the gathering of people irrespective of the type or size. Understanding and agreeing the industry’s planner definition is at the forefront going forward...

Overwhelming consensus for planner standards

The hard-copy of the Event Industry Summit (EIS) outcomes makes for interesting reading as the objectives allowed the top venues, independent planners together with several various end-users/buyers, from primarily the corporate market, to debate whether planners should have standards. All sectors did not hesitate in pinpointing the serious need...

Hackle Brooke to host EGF events

With a focused eye on being a part of greening the environment – Hackle Brooke has been selected as the exclusive meeting venue in Gauteng for assisting the Event Greening Forum (EGF) to ‘get the message across’ on all aspects towards a greener environment. The EGF programme designers are hard at work to ensure that educating and training the...