Africa

Sky’s the limit for expanded CTICC in Cape Town

The Cape Town International Convention Centre’s sky bridge is taking shape over Heerengracht Avenue. The steel-and-glass design will connect the CTICC’s two buildings. “We are very excited about our sky bridge which we believe is both beautiful and functional. The sky bridge is being constructed to connect CTICC 1 and CTICC  2 and will allow for the seamless movement of delegates between the two b...

The Association of Association Executives launches Africa Congress 2018

The Association of Association Executives has launched a new event in its associations congress series. The Africa Associations Congress will take place 29-31 October 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC) in Pretoria, South Africa. The congress is designed for Pan-African, Regional and National associations in Africa, and also for International associations with members in Af...

London ranked #1 for EMEA events in new Carlson Wagonlit survey

CWT Meetings & Events, a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has unveiled its predictions for the top ten cities in Europe, Middle East & Africa for 2019 events. The ranking is based on proprietary and industry data in CWT’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report, to be published later this week. It features each city’s 2018/17 positions in brackets: London, UK (1/1) Moscow, Russ...

Kenya’s five-star Nairobi Serena Hotel expands its meetings offering

The five-star Nairobi Serena Hotel in Kenya has announced the completion of phase one of its ongoing refurbishment plan. The newly renovated space opened on 1 September, and aims to respond to global trends and needs of leisure and corporate clientele. The refurbishment programme is being managed in two phases. The now completed phase one north wing includes the completion of 95 fully upgraded roo...

Durban ICC tributes six hospitality stalwarts 

With 21 years of service under their belts, six employees of the Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) in South Africa have received tributes for their dedication and commitment to the hospitality industry. Serving as part of the Centre’s opening team (Durban ICC opened on 8 August 1997), these ‘service stalwarts’ have helped to ensure the leading venue continues to attract internati...

Mazagan making waves

Simon George travels to Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort on Morocco’s Atlantic coast and realises that you can never be too well connected. Pitch and punt In the 1989 film Field of Dreams, James Earl Jones’s character advises humble Iowa corn farmer Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner) that to realise his baseball dreams, which involve creating a baseball pitch, he should “Build it and they will ...

18th CONFEC Red rocks in Marrakech

The 18th CONFEC Red event saw UK buyers meet with suppliers from 20 countries in early February at the Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi & Palais des Congrès Marrakech. The agents and corporate planners participated in a full programme of B2B meetings, teambuilding and hospitality. CONFEC Red is aimed solely at UK buyers, and draws both established agencies, corporate organisers, as well as star...

South Africa deputy minister flies flag for attracting more business events

South Africa’s deputy minister of tourism, Elizabeth Thabethe (pictured), has announced a “bold and ambitious” delegate-boosting plan as part of a Bidding Support Programme to propel the country’s business events industry forward. Speaking at ibtm world in Barcelona Thabethe told CMW the South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) was emphasising that South Africa – and Africa – is “open for ...

On the conference road to Marrakech, as ‘Meetings Morocco’ show launches

B2B contact specialist Globe Network has announced the launch of Morocco’s first tradeshow dedicated to the MICE business. Plans for the ‘Meetings Morocco’ show have submitted for backing to representatives of Morocco’s Ministry of Tourism, National Tourist Office and National Tourism Confederation, as well as regional tourist councils and the Federation of Travel Agencies. Organisers say Meetings...