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Boom times for outside MICE caterers

An estimated 30% increase in Gauteng year-end functions went to outside catering services in the final quarter of 2016. Corporate entities who decided to have a variety of gatherings with catering – did so on their premises coupled with a fun team-build or similar light collective entertainment. Either external venues were found to be too...

AAXO makes final call for ROAR Award entries and ticket purchases

The groundbreaking AAXO ROAR Organiser and Exhibitor Awards are looming and, with AAXO having received a substantial volume of entries already, it promises to be a fantastic showcase of the South African Exhibition and Events industry’s talent and skill. Set to take place on the 26th of January 2017, the AAXO ROAR Awards have been divided into...

The logistical planning of events

Irrespective of the capacity or the type of event within the MICE industry, there are conceptual components as well as logistical requirements which need to be undertaken above, and before, all others. These are the two basic, yet essential, components of the Professional Planner Standards (PPS) framework. What comes first? It is customary for...

Renowned international and local thought leaders converge at USB Unlock 2017

The Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) industry is eagerly anticipating Unique Speaker Bureau’s Annual Speaker Showcase ‘Unlock 2017’ next week in Johannesburg on 16 January. The showcase is unique in that it gives corporate event teams and Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs) here in South Africa first hand exposure to...

FEDHASA announces official resignation of Cape Chairperson

Rob Kucera officially announced his resignation as Chairperson of the FEDHASA Cape Board. “It is with deep sadness that I must resign as Chairperson of the FEDHASA Cape Board, as I have accepted a fantastic opportunity abroad. I would like to extend special thanks to all fellow board members for all their help and support, and in particular to...

SA cities first to represent Africa on sustainable event destinations index

Durban, Cape Town and Tshwane are the first African cities to be included in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index), an innovative new measure for the level of sustainability that cities can offer to the MICE events (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) industry. Only 35 cities from 5 continents participated in the...

Relaxed, Refreshed & Renewed?

With the year-end recess a distant memory – pundits are predicting a rocky 2017. Not that 2016 could be regarded as a whole lot of fun.  Yet taking stock of some interesting MICE developments in the latter half of 2016 – it may be worthy for the event planning fraternity to take stock going forward. The other Michael Jackson has cautioned...

Will the real exhibition please stand up?

The exhibition industry is particularly sensitive to emulation and in the past few years, similar sector exhibitions held within weeks of one another have emerged and at times even at the same venue. Helen Brewer of the MICE Academy investigates… Over a century ago, John Ruskin, a leading English art critic said: “There is hardly anything in the...

Post Mortem planning – It’s not over when it’s over

‘Successful Planning is the Knowledge that Every End is a New Beginning’ Although the planning team may take a breather for a day or two – it is best to strike while the memory remains fresh and vivid by undertaking a thorough post mortem or as some would term the wrap-up, a debriefing. There are standard procedures to the process which should be...

Accreditation…say what?

‘Credible’ companies are a misnomer Employer companies are not candidates for credibility in the true sense of the word. An employer entity can alter in many ways, which clouds the true interpretation of credible. A company can change its business focus, directors, method of operating or be sold as a whole or partially, therefore the credible...

Logistical planning – Putting it all together

With the conceptual planning having been decided, committed to written format and documented within a SLA (Service Level Agreement) – ensuring a successful roll-out becomes paramount. ‘Logistical Planning & Management is the part of supply chain management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective forward, and reverse flow...