Africa

CWT shakes up EMEA leadership structure, as Country Directors depart

Global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has shaken up its European management structure, abolishing the roles of Country Director for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Benelux, UK & Ireland, France, and Spain. As a result, the following people have left the company: Peter Ashworth (Senior VP, Central & Eastern Europe), Antonio Calegari (VP & Country Director,...

Attack on Nairobi hotel deals another blow for Kenya’s tourism industry

Fourteen people have been reported killed following a terrorist attack on Kenya’s five-star DusitD2 hotel, 15 January. The hotel, located near the CBD in the Westlands suburb of Nairobi, has 101 rooms, a spa and several restaurants. It has three event spaces, including the 180sqm DStudios. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said the siege by suspected Somali al-Shabab terrorists had been ended with m...

Mining Indaba celebrates London Stock Exchange market opening ceremony

Mark Shashoua, CEO of Mining Indaba owners ITE Group plc, ceremonially opened trading on the London Stock Exchange, 11 January. The event, attended by partners including the World Gold Council, Memery Crystal, ICMM, The World Platinum Investment Council, Brunswick and Thor Exploration, celebrated the upcoming 25th edition of the largest mining investment event in the world. Mark Shashoua, CEO of I...

Trio of senior hires kick starts 2019 for BCD Meetings & Events

Katie Knight, Mark Scales and Arran Cruickshanks are among 20 new starters in January for BCD Meetings & Events across the EMEA region. The agency’s new hires are part of the company’s expansion plans. BCD has recently integrated Grass Roots M&E in to one single business entity, and has also set its ambitions to double its size in the next two years. David Taylor, VP of Sales & Marketi...

CTICC posts record revenues

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has reported record-breaking revenues and healthy operating profits. CTICC Chief Executive Officer Julie-May Ellingson, announcing the centre’s 2017/18 Annual Financial Results on 11 December, noted the figures included a R4.5bn contribution to the national GDP and R3.1bn to the GGP of the Western Cape. The CTICC grew its revenues over the fina...

In pictures: SITE in Rwanda

Rwanda hosted this year’s Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Executive Summit, 1-4 December. The annual event takes members of the SITE Board of Directors and SITE Foundation Board of Trustees to new and emerging destinations that can leverage the experience and knowledge of global industry leaders to grow its incentive travel business. The 2018 event was sponsored by Rwanda Convention...

SITE in Rwanda for Executive Summit 2018

Rwanda hosted this year’s Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Executive Summit, 1-4 December. The annual event takes members of the SITE Board of Directors and SITE Foundation Board of Trustees to new and emerging destinations that can leverage the experience and knowledge of global industry leaders to grow its incentive travel business. The 2018 event was sponsored by Rwanda Convention...

Big water saving at Cape Town ICC

Cape Town ICC’s water-saving initiatives have resulted in a 30% saving of water over the past financial year, the venue has reported. The savings prompted the CTICC to commission its own reverse osmosis plant, currently in its test phase of implementation. The plant will draw underground sea water using ultra filtration and reverse osmosis technology that removes the salt and contaminants from the...

Cape Town’s CTICC wins a series of new events in Africa

The Cape Town International Conference Centre has been awarded 15 international conferences in the last six months, many of which will be hosted on the African continent for the first time. Among the conferences won are the Association of International Schools in Africa Conference 2019, the HIV Research for Prevention Conference, the World Self Medication Industry 2020, and the Asian Racing Confer...

Cape Town ICC appoints new chief financial officer

The Cape Town International Convention Centre has announced the appointment of Wayne De Wet as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). De Wet is responsible for, amongst other duties, developing and implementing the CTICC’s financial strategies, strategic leadership of finance and supply chain management, as well as growth and resource management within the finance department. Julie-May Ellingson, ...

Kigali and IAPCO agreement expands association’s reach in Africa

The Rwanda Convention Bureau and IAPCO (the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers) have signed a destination partnership agreement, which the association hopes will expand its reach in Africa. Having previously established destination partnerships in Europe, North America, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Australasia, Rwanda completes IAPCO’s stable of regionally exclus...

CTICC comes out on top at the Top40 Women in MICE Awards

The Cape Town International Convention Centre was in celebration mode when three female leaders – Tracy Mkhize, general manager: operations – food & beverage, Adéle Maritz, international business development manager, and Bianca van Niekerk, national business development manager, were named 2018 Top40 Women in MICE. CEO of the CTICC Julie-May Ellingson, said: “We are extremely proud of Tracy, A...