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Your checklist to exhibiting sustainably

Unlike typical exhibitions which recognise their most beautiful stands at their Stand Awards, Meetings Africa is unique in that it only gives out Green Stand Awards – exclusively recognising beautiful stands which are also sustainably sourced and responsibly managed. And they are beautiful! Here are the Meetings Africa 2019 Green Stand Award...

An unrivalled venue solution

Operating under new ownership for nearly a year, the Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) is working harder than ever before. CEO Craig Newman highlights the venue’s unique selling points that will continue to see it exceed expectations in 2020. During 2019, the JEC played host to numerous key events, becoming a firm favourite among the movers and...

Beyond the bureau

The South Africa National Convention Bureau (SANCB) was formed in 2012 and has since developed an approach aimed at significantly bolstering the business events sector. Meetings understands more on how the SANCB supports the industry. In May 2012, the South African Tourism (SAT) board approved the roll-out of a strategy for the South Africa...

Smart venue selection

A venue is one of the most important aspects of an event and choosing the right one for your next meeting or conference will impact everything from accessibility and catering, to AV and logistics. The venue you select can easily make or break your event and, according to The Rise of the Smart Venue report that was released in July 2019, “choosing...

Tech tools you might fall in love with

Juggling a busy schedule means that you need to be able to do your work quickly, with minimal stress and maximum impact. Which is where useful tools that help you achieve exactly this can become things you hold very close to your heart. Here are some of my most loved tech tools; hopefully they can bring you the same joy they bring me! Trello: For...

5 Fabulous furnishing trends in 2020

Anita Bloom, Creative Director for Decorex Africa, shares her top five furnishing trends for 2020. Read on for ideas and inspiration to make sure your next event has a fresh, contemporary feel – or even your office space, if you are lucky enough to be renovating. 1. Get back to nature, with a Contemporary Organic style The Contemporary Organic...

Social media marketing: Tips for using Twitter

Are you ready to ramp up your business’ Twitter presence? Here are our favourite tips to turn your account into a marketing machine.   1. Keep it relevant This is fairly obvious, but it bears saying: Whatever you do, and including with all the advice given here, make sure your content and focus is always relevant to your target audience....

3 New Year’s Resolutions for those working in events, in 2020

It’s a fresh new year, and if you haven’t yet decided on some new year’s resolutions for the events you’ll be working on this year, we have some suggestions for you.   1. Take some risks While it is scary to mess with an established formula, events that reinvent themselves and offer something new tend to be the most successful, and the most...

CEPA reconstituted as a special interest group within SACIA

CEPA, the Council of Event Professionals Africa, has been reconstituted as a special interest group within SACIA, the Southern African Communications Industries Association, where it is in the process of developing three levels of professional designation for event organisers. In a press release, Kevan Jones, the Executive Director of SACIA,...

5 Event microtrends that are set to shape the year ahead

#1 Enhanced networking with tinder-style dating apps Apps to help attendees break the ice and boost networking. #2 Farm-to-table eating Source locally produced food that has been sustainably grown and transported. #3 Inspiring social media videos Include social media videos that can be engaging and leave audiences inspired. #4 Focus on staging...