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UFI launches its global Exhibition Management School

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has partnered with MBB-Consulting, a training specialist, to deliver a new educational programme for exhibition organisers. The UFI-Exhibition Management School (UFI-EMS) will provide high-quality education and training, thus helping to promote the professionalism of the global exhibition...

Filling the void: OurAfrica Travel 2020 travel show

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all African trade shows this year have been cancelled. Yet many businesses in the travel trade desperately need an alternative way to engage with the market. Enter OurAfrica Travel 2020, a virtual ‘travel show’ that connects global buyers and African suppliers. The platform is both cost-effective and easy-to-use,...

BON Hotels reopens in South Africa with four new properties

Following months of limited activity, BON Hotels has announced the reopening of five of its properties across the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, alongside the opening of four new hotels within its stable. “We are grateful to be welcoming new and returning guests to BON Hotels properties across the country. We have taken every...

AI Expo Africa 2020 announces HUAWEI CLOUD as headline partner

Tech giant HUAWEI CLOUD will be the headline partner of AI Expo Africa 2020, Africa’s largest artificial intelligence (AI), data science and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) trade-focused show and conference. The third edition of the expo will take place online, on 3 and 4 September 2020. Hosting the event virtually has the benefit of making it...

New Draft Tendering Law closed for public comment

The opportunity to comment on a new Draft Procurement Bill closed on 30 June, and the document has been submitted to parliament where it will likely be promulgated within the next six months. If it is passed, it will replace all current tendering regulations. The revised draft Bill places a severe burden of compliance on suppliers who submit...

DRC Mining Week postponed to June 2021

Clarion Events Africa, the organisers of DRC Mining Week expo and conference, have announced that the live event, which was to take place in Lubumbashi from 7-9 October 2020, has been moved to 15-17 June 2021. The decision has been widely supported by the mining industry in the DRC and its sector suppliers. “It is the right decision in...

Save the date: SAACI’s Proof of Concept hybrid event

The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) in collaboration with the Events Safety Council has announced a new date for the proposed ‘Proof of Concept’ hybrid event, which is: Wednesday, 15 July 2020. The event will help guide the business events sector on how to use the Events Safety Guidelines that form...

Watch the Conversations with Women in MICE webinar on ‘Owning Opportunities’

Our third Conversations with Women in MICE webinar was held on 01 July 2020, where we delved deeper into how women in our industry can find, create and use the opportunities that are available to them under the theme “Owning our opportunities: What does it take?”. The session was moderated by Thami Nkadimeng, who guided the conversation with our...

Justin Hawes elected as first African president for global association IFES

Representing 15 industry associations together with 250 contractors from 40 countries, Brussels-headquartered International Federation of Exhibition & Event Services (IFES) has elected Scan Display’s managing director, Justin Hawes, as its president for 2021-2022. South African-based exhibition, events and display company, Scan Display, was...

Webinar: JMIC Manifesto for Economic Recovery Using Business Events

These unprecedented times have brought about an unprecedented collaboration… Never before seen in our industry, the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), with the support of the four leading global industry trade events – AIME, IBTM, IMEX, and Meetings Africa – have aligned behind common messaging to speak with one voice. Date: Thursday, 2 July...