Africa

Kenya wins big at World Travel Awards

Nairobi has been named Africa’s Leading Business Travel Destination, while The Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) has been awarded Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference destination at this year’s 26th Annual World Travel Awards (WTA). “We are honoured to receive these awards. The awards truly attest to the fact that Nairobi and KICC offers the best MICE experience in the region,”...

$5.8bn tourism plan to transform tourism in the Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast is intent on securing major investment to see the country become Africa’s fifth biggest tourism destination by 2025. Minister of Tourism Siandou Fofana last month sent a strategy document to the African Development Bank, seeking its support to implement a US$5.8bn plan. The document, entitled ‘Sublime Côte d’Ivoire’, was presented to the Bank’s Vice-President responsible for Privat...

Automechanika ready to service booming $61bn MEA auto aftermarket

The Middle East and Africa’s auto aftermarket has been valued at US$61bn, with projected rising car sales and more manufacturing bases. The region is on target for 6% annual growth over the next six years, according to a newly published report. The new figures bode well for the largest trade exhibition for the automotive aftermarket in the Middle East and Africa, Automechanika Dubai, with organise...

CNN broadcaster to moderate at African Utility Week

CNN’s Business Africa Correspondent, Eleni Giokos, will be the moderator of the opening session of the African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa conference The exhibition is taking place in Cape Town from 14-16 May. Climate change will be the big topic for debate. Also speaking at the event will be Phakamani Hadebe, Chief Executive, Eskom, South Africa and Niklas Johansson, State Secretary Ministry...

Cape Town ICC powers debate on energy outages during African Utility Week

Leaders in the fields of power, energy and water descend on the Cape Town International Convention Centre, 14-16 May, for the African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa conference and exhibition. More than 10,000 experts are expected during the three-day event now in its 19th year. High on the agenda are ways to mitigate the electricity challenges currently facing South Africa and impacting business...

CTICC makes cashless system available for all clients

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is rolling out its cashless services to all clients, having initiated a cashless system for all food and beverage stations last year most notably during the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on site. Julie-May Ellingson, CEO of the CTICC, says that experiment was such a success, they are taking it a step further. “The cashless system, which...

Into Africa with ICCA in June

Delegates at the ICCA Association Meetings Programme (AMP) 2019, which takes place in Durban, South Africa, 18-20 June, will take ‘Inspiration to go further’ as the theme of their meeting. Influenced by Durban’s entrepreneurial spirit and guiding all aspects of the core education programme, the theme, ICCA says, has been chosen to communicate the AMP’s aim of providing delegates, through personali...

Record-breaking Meetings Africa 2019

The 2019 edition of Meetings Africa – the two-day Pan-African business events trade show – closed at Johannesburg’s the Sandton Convention Centre on 27 February with record numbers of exhibitors in the show’s 14-year history. Cllr Leah Knott, MMC for Economic Development in the City of Johannesburg had welcomed visitors to the show with the message: “Meetings Africa has come a long way –and contin...

Meetings Africa township dialogue

On the eve of Meetings Africa tradeshow opening in Sandton, CMW joined a media visit out to Tembisa (Gauteng province), the second biggest township in South Africa, to hear a panel discussion about the MICE opportunities for the country’s huge informal economy that exists in its impoverished townships. Meetings Africa will discuss South Africa’s MICE opportunities, but the fact that it takes place...

CTICC collaborates with mining sector on event greening and sustainability

An environmental sustainability collaboration between the Cape Town International Convention Centre and Investing in African Mining Indaba has diverted 24,000kg of wood from landfill. “We are passionate about finding ways to not only reduce our impact on the environment, but also to assist our clients to reduce theirs,” said CTICC CEO Julie-May Ellingson. “For years, we have been assisting our cli...

Meetings Africa’s BONDay underway

“This year we have 338 exhibitors and 462 buyers from 65 countries. This is a new record for Meetings Africa,” said Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, National Convention Bureau Chief Officer, ahead of the show’s 2019 edition opening in Johannesburg, 26 February. On the eve of the opening there were Business Opportunity Network (BONDay) sessions at the Sandton Convention Centre, where Kotze-Nhlapo welcomed gues...

CTICC collaborates with mining sector on event greening and sustainability

An environmental sustainability collaboration between the Cape Town International Convention Centre and Investing in African Mining Indaba has diverted 24,000kg of wood from landfill.  “We are passionate about finding ways to not only reduce our impact on the environment, but also to assist our clients to reduce theirs,” says CTICC CEO Julie-May Ellingson. “For years, we have been assisting our cl...