Africa

Kenya wins big at World Travel Awards

Nairobi has been named Africa’s Leading Business Travel Destination, while The Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) has been awarded Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference destination at this year’s 26th Annual World Travel Awards (WTA). “We are honoured to receive these awards. The awards truly attest to the fact that Nairobi and KICC offers the best MICE experience in the region,”...

$5.8bn tourism plan to transform tourism in the Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast is intent on securing major investment to see the country become Africa’s fifth biggest tourism destination by 2025. Minister of Tourism Siandou Fofana last month sent a strategy document to the African Development Bank, seeking its support to implement a US$5.8bn plan. The document, entitled ‘Sublime Côte d’Ivoire’, was presented to the Bank’s Vice-President responsible for Privat...

Into Africa with ICCA in June

Delegates at the ICCA Association Meetings Programme (AMP) 2019, which takes place in Durban, South Africa, 18-20 June, will take ‘Inspiration to go further’ as the theme of their meeting. Influenced by Durban’s entrepreneurial spirit and guiding all aspects of the core education programme, the theme, ICCA says, has been chosen to communicate the AMP’s aim of providing delegates, through personali...

Meetings Africa township dialogue

On the eve of Meetings Africa tradeshow opening in Sandton, CMW joined a media visit out to Tembisa (Gauteng province), the second biggest township in South Africa, to hear a panel discussion about the MICE opportunities for the country’s huge informal economy that exists in its impoverished townships. Meetings Africa will discuss South Africa’s MICE opportunities, but the fact that it takes place...

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...

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...

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...

Why North Africa is emerging as a destination for MICE business

Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director – Middle East, Arabian Travel Market & IBTM Arabia, examines the rise of North Africa as a business event destination. [hr gap=”30″] The countries of North Africa are once again attracting attention from global business event organisers, with several city destinations in the region emerging as hotspots for all types of tourism, and MICE business...

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...

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...