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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...

Event Greening Q&As

Many interesting questions were raised at the Event Greening Forum’s (EGF) 2019 Conference on 11 July at Maropeng. Here are some of them, with answers and additional resources. Q. Shouldn’t we be encouraging plant-based eating at events? Meat agriculture produces more methane than food waste and uses huge amounts of water. Plants are compostable;...

IFC Partners with Protea Hotels Zambia to develop tourism sector in Zambia

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced a loan to Protea Hotels Zambia, a subsidiary of conglomerate Union Gold Zambia, to build and operate a hotel and conference center in the outskirts of Lusaka. The new hotel will help meet the growing demand for business infrastructure in Zambia, while creating jobs for youth and opportunities...

City Lodge Hotel Group undergoes fabulous refurbs

The City Lodge Hotel Group (CLHG) has a series of refurbishments in progress to refresh and modernise its properties. Courtyard Hotel Sandton and five Road Lodges around the country are currently being given a makeover. The Road Lodge Umhlanga Ridge is undergoing a softs refurbishment, with new carpets in the passages and vinyl flooring in the...

Sun City takes two prestigious World Travel Awards

Sun International’s iconic Sun City resort in the North West Province has received two awards in the annual World Travel Awards™ programme which is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the global industry. The resort scooped the awards for Africa’s Leading Resort and Africa’s Leading Casino Resort for 2019, trumping top...

CTICC wins big at the AIPC Awards in Antwerp, Belgium

The Cape Town International Convention Centre has been awarded the 2019 Delegate Choice Award for Innovation at the AIPC (International Association of Convention Centres) Annual Congress in Atwerp, Belgium. The award comes after the cente’s Chief Executive Officer, Julie-May Ellingson, made a compelling case during her presentation to AIPC...

Silverstar’s Bomi Bukali is building the brand with passion

Bomi Bukali, Silverstar Casino’s new Communications Manager, has embraced her career in the casino industry with energy and passion, which she says: “is an essential part of thriving in this exciting industry”. Bukali joined Tsogo Sun in August 2016 as PR & Communications Co-ordinator at the group’s head office and was appointed to her new...

Making it hang together

While the range of decor options available to the world of eventing is seemingly endless, making your decor make sense for both your event and budget is what will determine the final look and feel. For a swish, gala-type affair, decor elements are an absolute must. While exhibitors and stand builders alike will also be thinking about how decor...

Introducing the Green Stand Awards

For the first time Africa’s Travel Indaba will introduce the Green Stand Awards to recognise exhibitors who go that extra “green” mile to build and design stands that are environmentally and socially sustainable. Taking place between 2-4 May, 2019, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC), Africa’s Travel Indaba recognises the...

Sharing knowledge and support is key to women advancing in MICE industry

The Women in MICE initiative held a breakfast event at Meetings Africa 2019 to launch the Top 40 Women in MICE Awards. The event, held at the Sandton International Convention Centre, Johannesburg, on Wednesday, 27 February 2019, brought together influential women from the business events and travel trade industries to talk about the role women...