Africa

Cape Town ready to reconnect in 2021

CTICC CEO, Taubie Motlhabane shares details of a long journey and hard work to ready the venue and region to host events again.   Covid-related challenges have forced the meetings and events industry in Africa, as elsewhere to innovate, adapt and re-examine its business and strategies.  At the country’s flagship centre for major international events, Cape Town International Convention Centre,...

Incubator for innovation

The success of the recent ICCA hub in Cape Town illustrates the potential for meetings in Africa, says Gregg Talley.   Gregg Talley, president and CEO of Talley Management Group, tells CMW the reasons for considering Africa as a business event destination will be as valid post-Covid as they were pre-Covid. Talley, who has many-year experience of organising events in Africa, points to “the inc...

Out of Africa

Rick Taylor shines a light on Africa as a next choice for meeting, change and legacy opportunity.   Africa is 30.2m sqkm in size and home to 16.7% of the world’s population. Sub-Saharan Africa is the youngest region in the world with a median age of 19.5 compared to 38 in the US, 43 in the EU and 47 in Japan.  Against the aspirations of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 (a plan for transformati...

Coping strategy against Covid at Kenya’s KICC

A country famed for the stamina and resilience of its athletes, Kenya and its MICE industry has been digging deep in the marathon effort to beat Covid, as we hear from director business development services at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Geoffrey K. Thande.   Kenya’s conference tourism sector, like most business sectors around the world, has been greatly affected during t...

Rwanda redux

The landlocked central African state is sticking to its tourism strategy for future international event success, with new hotels leading the virtual way, writes Paul Colston.   Rwanda has surprised many with its global tourism PR campaign in recent years, not least in the sponsorship of global brands, including a £30m (US$39m) three-year shirt sponsorship deal signed in 2018 with Arsenal Foot...

New CMO appointed for Western Cape official tourism, trade and investment agency

Wesgro, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape in South Africa, has appointed Monika Iuel (pictured) as its new chief marketing officer. Iuel brings a wealth of experience and will lead the destination marketing organisation and communications and marketing teams at Wesgro from 15 March 2021. Iuel has previously she worked for an outbound tou...

Great Hotels of the World forms hybrid event partnership with PSAV

European-based hotel representation company, Great Hotels of the World (GHOTW), has announced a new partnership in the EMEA region with PSAV, a series of event production companies. Through the partnership, GHOTW hotel members will gain access to PSAV’s event technology, allowing them to facilitate face-to-face meetings with remote delegates and deliver hybrid events. The partnership, says GHOTW, ...

Hard hit South African tourism to target support at SMEs and the marginalised

In a post on South Africa Tourism’s website 18 August, its CEO spoke about the need to place a stake on the marginalised in order to support the wider tourism sector. Indeed, South Africa has been one of the hardest hit countries by the Covid-19 pandemic and its tourism sector has been devastated. In a recent budget vote speech, minister of tourism, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane told Parliament that...

Africa MICE Forums to kick off in Calabar in October

Registration is now open for the premier edition of Africa MICE Forums (AMF), a series of interactive high-end events designed to connect pre-qualified MICE buyers and local suppliers through fun and authentic experiences across various host destinations. Obinna Nwachuya, convener of the AMF said: “The goal is to propel MICE business across the continent in relatable ways that effectively spark id...

Budding young eventprof wows at IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum

Brian Mushakwe (pictured), from Chinhoyi University of Technology in Zimbabwe, recently won the International University Challenge at the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum. The International University Challenge is part of the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum, a unique and free opportunity open to final year students of hospitality, event or tourism management courses. It offers insight into the ...

CTICC to help ease hunger in Cape Town

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has announced that is has partnered with Ladles of Love, a non-profit organisation which aims to help those who do not have access to food during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ladles of Love is a soup kitchen and a feeding scheme that helps vulnerable people within Cape Town, especially during the pandemic. In under a month, the organisation has incre...

Clarion reschedule Africa Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa to November

Clarion Events Africa has rescheduled Africa Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa. The events, due to have originally run in May, will will now run 24-26 November 2020, CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa.