Africa

Cape Town prepares for live return in September

The city of Cape Town is hosting a live event, Connect in the City Live, in September. The three-day event marks a return to live in South Africa, and forms part of the Africa Travel Week celebrations for 2021. The early stages of the event will comprise familiarisation trips for exhibitors who attended Africa Travel Week Virtual in April, as well as selected media. The main event will then take t...

Africa Travel Week goes virtual ahead of September live return

Africa Travel Week 2021 has just concluded, containing virtual versions of both World Travel Market Africa and International Luxury Travel Market Africa. The two shows were shifted to a hybrid format in the build-up to a planned return to live in September. They saw over 5,000 meetings take place, alongside 4,300 minutes of speed networking. The content programme featured over 40 panel discussions...

No quarantine as Seychelles to open up to visitors regardless of vaccination status, 25 March

The Seychelles has announced that it will be welcoming visitors from across the globe, irrespective of their vaccination status, as from 25 March, 021. Visitors from South Africa will still not be permitted to enter the Indian Ocean islands, however, pending further review. The announcement was made by the minister for foreign affairs and tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde on 4 March at the Seychelles T...

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...

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