Africa

WTM Africa 2022 kick-starts recovery of Africa’s travel and tourism industry, exceeding 2019 numbers

Organisers have hailed WTM Africa 2022, held 11-13 April in Cape Town, South Africa, as “a huge success”, reporting that preliminary numbers indicated the 7,000 pre-scheduled appointments for 2022 exceeded the number of appointments booked at the show in 2019. WTM Africa 2022 appointments (both online and in person) increased 7% compared to 2019, while the number of visitors remained on par with 2...

eLearning Africa confident in conference return to Kigali

The Rwandan capital, Kigali, is set to host eLearning Africa (eLA), 11-13 May, an international in-person conference that brings together political leaders, education experts and investors. This event will be one of the first major global, in-person conferences in Africa since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Valentine Uwamariya, Rwanda’s minister of education, stated that she was delighted ...

Meetings Africa presses reignition button for industry in Johannesburg

The 16th edition of the Meetings Africa trade show continues at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. The flagship event of the South African National Conventions Bureau (SANCB) – has brought together some 161 buyers and 216 exhibitors from 13 African countries. Speaking at the trade floor opening, tourism minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, said Meetings Africa presented an opportunity to coll...

Meetings Africa returns in Johannesburg ready to ignite the continent’s meetings industry

Organisers of the Meetings Africa open the doors again in Johannesburg to the business events trade show, 28 February, as the continent’s MICE industry finally gets to rally in person again. The event runs until 2 March 2022 at the Sandton Convention Centre, the traditional host of Meetings Africa, with organisers predicting a total of a thousand exhibitors, buyers and delegates from around the wo...

South African Tourism appoints MMGY Hills Balfour for PR strategy in UK and Ireland

South African Tourism (SAT) has appointed MMGY Hills Balfour as its new PR agency for the UK and Ireland with a three-year contract. London-based MMGY Hills Balfour is an integrated communications agency specialising in travel and tourism. The agency will aim to implement a creative PR strategy for South Africa focused on storytelling, profiling the people of South Africa, and implementing campaig...

Meetings Africa 2022 ready for physical February return in Johannesburg

Registration for the 16th instalment of Meetings Africa is officially open. South African Tourism (SAT) has said it intends to stage the trade show in a physical format (28 February-2 March) after an absence in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “The Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll on the global business events industry, however, as the business events industry on the African continent, we re...

South Africa Tourism and Tourism Business Council of SA issue statement

The following joint statement has been issued by South Africa Tourism Board and the Tourism Business Council of South Africa regarding the new Covid variant – Omicron: South African Tourism (SA Tourism) and the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) have noted the latest reports on the new Covid-19 variant (now called Omicron) discovered by South African scientists and the subsequent pla...

Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh to get new convention centre in resort expansion project

The Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt has announced plans for an expansion and enhancement project which will double the size of the current property. One aspect of the new facility will be the addition of a large conference centre for meetings and weddings. The new state-of-the-art centre will more than double the Resort’s event capacity with new indoor and outdoor spaces for up to 2,000...

TTM Maldives 2021 ready to roll, hybrid style, with 3,000 meetings

TTM Maldives, the largest international travel trade show event in Maldives, returns this year in hybrid format, 28-30 November 2021 and organisers are expecting over 3,000 meetings to take place during the three days. The show, now in its fifth year, will involve over 100 hotelier exhibitors this edition. Over 2,000 of the meetings are pre-scheduled, with 500 travel trade professionals expected t...

CTICC secures 15 international conferences in uncertain times

Over the past 17 months the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has secured 15 international conferences and will welcome approximately 22,000 delegates to the Mother City. The events will bring an estimated R594m (USD$41.9m) into the local economy over the next six years. Even with many businesses and associations worldwide re-evaluating their position on business travel, the CTICC ...

Johannesburg, Durban and Lagos to host Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit

Johannesburg, Durban and Lagos are the host cities for the inaugural Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit, 19-21 September 2021. The Sandton Convention Centre, the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre and the Marriot Lagos Ikeja are the venues that will co-host the event’s numerous panel discussions, workshops and TED talks. Centred on the theme of Re-awakening Africa, the Summit calls on all tou...

WTM Africa announces finalists for the ‘Reigniting Africa’ award

World Travel Market Africa (WTM Africa) has announced the six finalists in the new ‘Reigniting Africa’ award category for its WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards. The final winner will be announced, 27 September. Megan Oberholzer, portfolio director of travel, tourism and creative industries at Reed Exhibitions, said: “The judges were highly impressed by the quality of the submissions received ...

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