South Africa deputy minister flies flag for attracting more business events

South Africa’s deputy minister of tourism, Elizabeth Thabethe (pictured), has announced a “bold and ambitious” delegate-boosting plan as part of a Bidding Support Programme to propel the country’s business events industry forward. Speaking at ibtm world in Barcelona Thabethe told CMW the South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) was emphasising that South Africa – and…


West African resurgence sees hotel boom

West Africa’s economy is expected to rebound in 2017 after two slow years, sparking a boom in hotel construction, it has been reported. Commodity-based economies such as Nigeria are recovering from the fall in oil prices and oil production, while countries like Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal have shown economic resilience and sustained growth. The…


Clarion Gaming reveals ICE Africa

Clarion Gaming will fast track the development of Gaming Africa, transitioning the 2018 event into the first ICE Africa, which will comprise an exhibition and co-located ICE VOX style conference dedicated to the development of the domestic industry. Following what managing director Kate Chambers described as a ‘hugely positive coming together of all sectors of the industry’,…


UFI’s 84th annual congress in Johannesburg

UFI has completed its 84th annual congress (1–4 November 2017. Sandton Convention Centre) event for the exhibition industry in Johannesburg, South Africa, and CMW were there to take in the proceedings. Sessions focused on technology, globalisation and economics. The event saw the inauguration of UFI’s new president, ex-Fiera Milano CEO Corrado Peraboni. The ex-president Andreas…


Hilton launches Africa growth initiative

Hilton  has committed a total of $50 million over the next five years towards the Hilton Africa Growth Initiative to support the continued expansion of its Sub-Saharan African portfolio. These funds are intended to support the conversion of around 100 hotels (roughly 20,000 rooms) in multiple African markets into Hilton branded properties, namely into its…


Out of East Africa: Green Inspirations-DMC joins euromic

Destination marketing consortium euromic has announced Green Inspirations-DMC as its newest member. The agency specialises in Tanzania and Kenya as conference and incentives destinations. Green Inspirations-DMC is part of Shades of Green Safaris and is the only company in Tanzania with an IAPCO and CIS certified management. It is also the sole member in Tanzania of SITE and ICCA. Its CEO, Mr…


Africa’s hospitality sector resilient in the face of economic headwinds, according to PwC Outlook

South Africa’s hospitality sector is poised for further growth in the next five years bolstered by inbound travellers, despite a difficult and volatile economic backdrop. Pietro Calicchio, hospitality and gaming industry leader for PwC Southern Africa says: “Africa’s hotel sector has remained resilient in the face of strong economic headwinds.” PwC’s 7th edition of the…

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