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SOUTH AFRICA BUSINESS EVENTS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF SUCCESS

November 27, 2014

SOUTH AFRICA BUSINESS EVENTS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF SUCCESS
Tenth Anniversary of Meetings Africa marks key industry milestone

South Africa National Convention Bureau (SANCB) is celebrating South Africa’s 20 years of democracy at EIBTM this year, by reflecting on the significant growth of the business events industry on the African continent.

South African Tourism, the official destination marketing organisation of South Africa, is also honouring the tenth anniversary of Meetings Africa (www.meetingsafrica.co.za), an event dedicated to showcasing Africa’s diverse offering of services and products.

The tenth edition of Meetings Africa, hosted by the SANCB (a business unit of South African Tourism) is taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg from the 23rd to the 25th of February, 2015. Meetings Africa is the primary and most important platform, facilitating the growth of Africa in the business events market. The show will continue with its theme; Advancing Africa Together and the first day has been reserved for a number of workshops and seminars, dedicated towards driving the industry forward in the region.

This tenth anniversary of the Meetings Africa will not only mark a key industry milestone for South Africa as a meetings industry destination, but it will once again highlight the SANCB’s central and critical role in continental collaboration. Through continued partnerships, Meetings Africa aims to contribute towards the empowerment of the African continent for future economic beneficiation.

“Meetings Africa is where global buyers and exhibitors from all over the African continent meet, organise business events and in doing so help drive Africa’s, knowledge economy forward,” says Mr Thulani Nzima, Chief Executive Officer at South African Tourism.

“Last year South Africa hosted 118 meetings that met the ICCA’s criteria (up from 97 in 2012) marking a significant 18 percent improvement in this regard. The 118 meetings brought over 94 000 association professionals to South Africa and contributed an estimated R1,5 billion to our economy. Our event pipeline going forward continues to look extremely positive. We already have 143 association conferences and events confirmed between now and 2017,” Nzima continues.

Africa continues to grow its list of accolades and achievements, the latest addition to the list being the election of Nina Freysen-Pretorius as President of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) as well Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo (the Chief Conventions Bureau Officer at the SANCB), as the Geographical Representative for Africa to the ICCA Board.

“Having two South Africans on the ICCA Board, one at the helm, is a major boost for South Africa’s reputation as a business events destination. It is proof that we have the skills, insight and leadership capability to grow and develop the business events sector, not only in South Africa but globally. As the first African president of ICCA, Nina’s appointment marks a major milestone on the road to establishing Africa as a business events destination of choice. She has been given the responsibility of leading a highly influential, global body,” adds Nzima.

“It is a huge honour for me to be given this opportunity to help contribute towards a thriving African business events Industry,” says Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo.

“South Africa is an exceptionally capable, infrastructure-rich, experienced, cost- effective, welcoming and globally competitive business events destination. We have successfully hosted some of the world’s biggest sporting events and conferences including the rugby and cricket World Cups, the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the World Conference against Racism,” continues Nzima.

Over the last 20 years, South Africa has seen a huge increase in inbound business. The destination continues to welcome delegates from all over the world, attending meetings, conferences, exhibitions and corporate incentive programmes.

“As a destination, we have built ourselves a track record that we can be proud of and we are confident that the next twenty years will bring even more success for South Africa as a leading meetings industry destination.”

“We are very proud of how far South Africa has come in terms of building its business events reputation and capability. We also acknowledge and recognise the potential for future growth of this sector on the continent,” concludes Nzima.

IMEX reaches 100 signatories target for meetings industry Declaration of Support

April 16, 2014

News Release
14 April 2014

Following the signing of the IMEX Declaration of Support for the meetings and events industry by the President of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, the IMEX Group has now reached its first phase target of 100 signatories for the advocacy document.

Shortly after Ibrahim Çağlar signed the declaration during the MPI European Meetings & Events Conference at the Halic Congress Center in Istanbul, Dr Gerhard Rusch, City Councillor for Tourism, Graz, also put his name to the declaration, bringing the current total to 101 names. (For a full list of all signatories see – http://www.imex-frankfurt.com/declaration)

Other positive outcomes from IMEX’s political advocacy efforts include Azerbaijan exhibiting at the show for the first time. This follows the attendance of the Azerbaijani Director of the Department of Foreign Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Fikret Mammadov, at last year’s Politicians Forum.

This year an Azerbaijani delegation will be led by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mr Dr Nazim Samadov, who will attend the Politicians Forum, and Florian Sengstshmid, Managing Director of the newly formed Azerbaijan Convention Bureau.
Talking about their participation in IMEX, Samadov states: “The Azerbaijan Convention Bureau (AzCB) is the lead agency for promotion of MICE activities and has the mandate from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to implement the strategy for MICE development in Azerbaijan.”

States Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group: “Achieving full-scale global understanding of the true benefits of the meetings sector is clearly a long-term task. However, when we see visible advancements, such as the politicians and dignitaries who have signed the declaration to date, together with the participation of the Azerbaijani delegation at this year’s show, our joint progress becomes real. It also provides further encouragement and focus for the work that lies ahead.”

Speaking as one of the leading industry associations which actively supports the Politicians Forum, Arnaldo Nardone, President of ICCA, added: “I urge all ICCA colleagues who want to positively influence their government officials and politicians to sign up and participate in the Politicians Forum by bringing influential individuals to Frankfurt in May.”

This year’s IMEX Politicians Forum takes place on Tuesday 20th May at the Villa Kennedy. The day’s programme will include a ‘Global Exchange of Best Practice’ session with a case study by Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners.

Destinations are encouraged to invite their local political representatives to attend by contacting Debbie.woodbridge@imexexhibitions.com

Politicians Forum final programme: http://www.imexfrankfurt.com/media/354296/ProvisionalProgramme.pdf

Alphabetical list of Declaration signatories to date – http://www.imex-frankfurt.com/declaration


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