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Durban ICC gets smarter with its virtual event offering

The Durban ICC consistently strives to position itself as “Africa’s Leading Convention Centre” – but now it is adding “Africa’s Smartest Convention Centre” to its competitive edge, says Durban ICC Chief Executive Officer, Lindiwe Rakharebe. Even before COVID-19 was a known disease, the Durban ICC had ventured into hosting virtual events and...

South Africans invited to name new local airline

A new carrier that will start flying domestic routes from this December, has invited South Africans to get creative and put forward names for the airline. The airline, which is said to have drawn inspiration from Uber’s model, is a joint venture between Kulula founder Gidon Novick and Global Aviation. “Similar to the way Uber has...

The Planner Guru Industry News Wrap | 21 September 2020

Catch this week’s MICE news highlights, brought to you by The Planner. This week we cover South Africa’s transition to lockdown level 1. This means that, under very strict social distancing and cleanliness protocols, gatherings of up to 500 people are now allowed. In other news, the inaugural Africa Industry Meetings Day was launched...

Mixed feelings for level 1 from the live events sector

The news that South Africa is moving to level 1 of lockdown on Monday, 21 September, has been met with mixed feelings from the live events sector. Sharif Baker, Chairperson of the Technical Production Services Association (TPSA) and spokesperson for #LightSAred, said during an interview on #Newzroom Africa; “Obviously, we are very appreciative of...

Show your support – join #WeMakeEvents

The South African live events industry is invited to stand with industry players across the globe, most of whom are still unable to work during this time, as they raise awareness about their plight through the #WeMakeEvents campaign on 30 September at 8pm local time. Sharif Baker, Chairperson of the Technical Production Services Association...

WTM London and Travel Forward 2020 go virtual

WTM London and its co-located travel and hospitality technology event, Travel Forward, will be hosted virtually this year. The 2020 live shows had been set to take place at ExCeL London from 2-4 November 2020, but ongoing travel restrictions, quarantine requirements and lockdowns across Europe have necessitated that both events be held online...

South Africa is ready to welcome international tourists

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that South Africa will move to level 1 of lockdown on 21 September, and re-open international borders from 01 October, has been widely welcomed by the travel and tourism industry. “I would like to thank all partners from here in South Africa and across the world for their unyielding support and...

Take the #IncentiveIndex20 survey

Each year, the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF), Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), and Financial and Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP) put together the Incentive Travel Industry Index (ITII). Created along with market leader Oxford Economics, this survey is the most comprehensive investigation of the incentive travel...

What level 1 means for business events

South Africa will move to lockdown Level 1 from Monday, 21 September 2020, which means the rules around hosting public gatherings are set to relax – slightly. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s addressed the nation on Wednesday night, 16 September 2020, to outline the adjusted regulations that will be in place under lockdown Level 1. Most notably,...

Are you a MICE professional in Africa? We need you!

Be heard and take the African Perspectives on the MICE Industry Report 2020/21 survey! Following the official launch of the inaugural Africa Meetings Industry Day that took place on 9 September, 2020 during the Africa MICE Industry Stakeholders Roundtable, the African Perspectives Report on the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions...

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