Africa

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 ...

African travel and tourism sector set for debut hybrid summit in September

The Department of Tourism and South African Tourism have announced, 20 August, they will host the first ever Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit (ATTS). It is set to take place in a hybrid format, 19-21 September 2021, coinciding with Tourism Month in South Africa.  ATTS aims to attract African community delegates, African tourism ministers, industry associations, Tourism Boards, DMOs as well...

Hilton launches carbon neutral business meetings in the UK

Global hospitality company Hilton has partnered with social enterprise South Pole to offset the carbon footprint of meetings and events across almost 30 properties in the UK. Initially launched in The Netherlands in May, the offer has been extended to approximately 60 hotels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), with plans to roll out further in the coming months. The initiative has be...

SA Tourism CEO Ntshona steps down

The Board of South African Tourism (SA Tourism) has accepted a request by its CEO, Sisa Ntshona to step down from his position at the helm of the organisation at the end of May 2021. Ntshona’s five-year contract was due to come to an end on 30 September 2021 and the CEO had indicated to the Board previously that he would not be re-applying for the position. “Sisa recently approached the Board for ...

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...

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