Networking while Learning at Meetings Africa

February 19, 2018

Networking while Learning at Meetings Africa

African association executives are set to meet from 26 to 28 February at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on the margins of Meetings Africa 2018. Their aim is to connect, network and learn.

Themed ‘Shared Economies’, the conference will shine a spotlight on collaboration as a tool to stimulate growth and encourage intra-African trade. It will include roundtable discussions, expert panels and keynote addresses on issues affecting association management on the continent and globally.

Promoting the value of partnership, the third annual African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE) Education Conference will take place on 25 and 26 February will aim to connect association management professionals from across the continent in a bid to find solutions to common problems whilst boosting the business events industry on the continent.

 

 

January 15, 2018

Get to Know Africa

Meetings Africa 2018 is scheduled to take place between 26 and 28 February at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg in South Africa. The event showcases Africa’s diverse offering of services and products where African associations and African meetings industry professionals can network, meet face-to-face with industry colleagues and form partnerships.

With exhibitors from 36 different countries worldwide, the 2-day exhibition includes various forums, information and education sessions, social events, as well as the annual awards ceremony for the top green stands at Meetings Africa 2018. In conjunction with the ICCA Africa Chapter, an Association Day is organised prior to the show, on 26 February 2018, gathering and education association professionals from Africa and beyond.

December 25, 2017

Boardroom on a hiatus

The whole Boardroom team is taking a much-deserved holiday. We’ll be back early 2018 for more news and high-quality content.

In the mean time, don’t hesitate to read the past issues of the magazine.

Our Features and Legacy sections are also worth a look.

December 8, 2017

South Africa’s Strategy to Attract Association Conferences

The South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) has big ambitions for its meetings business and is particularly interested in attracting international association conferences as part of its growth strategy.

South Africa is already a popular destination among associations and hosted 125 conferences accredited with the International Congress and Conventions Association in 2016, an addition of 17 more conferences than 2015.

South Africa Tourism recently issued a study that found the business events industry contributes €7.2 billion to the economy each year, but SANCB’s ambitions are not solely financially driven. South African leadership is eager to raise the country’s status as an active participant in the global knowledge economy.

To do so, the South African government has pledged to support the business events industry with a €5.6 million grant that allows SANCB to more aggressively bid for international association conferences and meetings over the next three years, SANCB will also target members of the association conferences that are already confirmed to take place in South Africa over the next five years.

SANCB is particularly interested in growing its influence in the medical and scientific fiel​d ​to build upon previous conferences such as the 21st International Aids Conference and the International Diabetes Federation Conference, which were hosted in South Africa last year.

July 13, 2017

Rwanda, a Newcomer as a Convention Destination

Rwanda is shaping up as one of East Africa’s premier business tourism destinations, following efforts by the government and its partners to help strengthen and grow the private sector in the meetings market, a recent article in The Independent argues.

Having climbed from 7th to 3rd in the International Congress and Convention Associations’ (ICCA’s) 2016 latest ranking of business tourism in Africa, Rwanda is obviously becoming a destination of choice for association planners.

The east African country invested in a brand new state of the art convention centre adjoining the Radisson Blu Hotel in Kigali, Marriott Hotel Kigali with major meeting spaces available in the hotel plus added new hotels. as does the investment in the national airline RwandAir, which is now serving 21 destinations in Africa, the Middle East and India while adding London at the end of May to their network too.

Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, boasts an international events under its belt, including high-level forums such as the World Economic Forum on Africa in May 2016, 27th African Union Summit in July 2016, the Global African Investment Summit in September 2016, Africa Hotel Investment Forum in October 2016 and the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in October 2016.

According to the latest biennial Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Rwanda is ranked the ninth safest country globally for tourists.