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VENUES in Top ICCA-Ranked Countries VENUE




Cape Town International Convention Centre Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) combines the dedication of its personnel with uncompromising flexibility and an extensive range of premium services. All facilities are accommodated under a single roof, including an integrated deluxe hotel, dedicated exhibition space and generous banqueting and meeting facilities.

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

1,500 (seated in auditorium) 9,500 (seated in Exhibition Centre)

t: +27 (0) 21 410 5000 e:

Sandton Convention Centre Sandton Convention Centre is Southern Africa’s leading and most prestigious, multipurpose exhibition and convention centre. Situated in the heart of Sandton’s business, hotel and entertainment district, it offers easy access to over 5,000 hotel rooms, is adjacent to the country’s top shopping and entertainment complexes and provides nearly 11,000 secure parking bays.

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa


t: +27 11 779 0000 e:

Gallagher Convention Centre Gallagher Convention Centre is one of Africa’s largest conference and exhibition venues. It is conveniently positioned in the business hub of Gauteng. Visitors can enjoy the English Rose Gardens, the wooden Koi Deck, the Gazebo or the Wine Garden Restaurant.

Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa


t: +27 11 266 3000 e:

Durban International Convention Centre The Durban ICC is one of the most advanced conference facilities in the world. It boasts the largest area of column free, multipurpose space in Africa and state-of-the-art technology. It was named Africa’s Leading Conference Centre for the 12th year by the World Travel Awards, and was voted amongst the top 20 conference centres in the world by the AIPC.

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


t: +27 31 360 1000 e:

Johannesburg Expo Centre Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) is South Africa’s largest purpose-built exhibition, convention and events venue and is one of the city’s best known landmarks. Home to South Africa’s oldest and most cherished consumer show, The Rand Show, and other world-class trade events the JEC is a proud leader and ambassador of its the industry.

Johannesburg, South Africa


t: +27 11 494 1920

Kenyatta international Conference Centre The Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) is a unique MICE (Meetings, Incentive, Conferences & Exhibitions) venue in Kenya. It is the only one of its kind in the country and was designed for Conference Tourism. The 30-storey land mark on Nairobi’s skyline was constructed in 1969 and is the only building in the region with a helipad.

Nairobi, Kenya


t: +254 20 2247277 e:

Corum Rabat Convention & Exhibition Centre Mohammed VI An impressive, modern complex, the Corum Rabat Convention & Exhibition Centre Mohammed VI is located between the international airports of Casablanca and Rabat. It covers 4,000m2 and includes a theatre-style auditorium, a vast Reception Hall and a Royal Meeting Room. It is adjacent to luxury hotel L’Amphitrite Palace.

Skhirat, Rabat, Morocco

1,000 (ballroom) 528 (cinema style seating)

t: +212 (0) 537 621 000 e:

Palais des Congrès de Marrakech Directly connected with five-star hotel Mansour Eddahbi, the Palais des Congrès offers pure luxury. It holds a total of 1,700 in its main auditorium and 500 in a second plenary room. It has 15 state-of-theart syndicate and break out rooms and is centrally located.

Marrakech, Morocco

5,000 (cinema style)

t: +212 (0) 524 339 100 e:

The International Convention Centre at The Palace Port Ghalib Resort The largest business and convention centre on the Red Sea Riviera, the ICC is located in Marsa Alam on the luxurious Palace Port Ghalib Resort. The facility is designed to host all scales of corporate, political and private events and can hold up to 2,000 participants. It also has a VIP lounge, a dignitary salon, and a fully equipped business centre.

Marsa Alam, Red Sea Riviera, Egypt


t: +2 (02) 240 427 28 e:

Maritim Sharm El Sheikh International Congress Centre The Maritim Sharm El Sheikh International Congress Centre is an ideal setting for conferences, exhibitions and incentive events. Its largest hall, The Summit, holds up to 2,000 people cinema style, while 11 additional conference rooms ranging from 140 to 800 square metres in size.

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

2,000 (seated)

t: +20 (0) 69 3604 110 f: +20 (0) 69 3623 011

Julius Nyerere International Conference Centre The Julius Nyerere International Conference Centre (JNICC) is an ultra-modern conference facility with a seating capacity of more than 1,000 delegates. It was inaugurated in March 2014 and its $15 million (R167 million) construction was funded by the Tanzanian government.

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania


t: +255 27 2050 181/5 e:

Arusha International Conference Centre Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC) is located at the heart of Africa, midway between Cairo and Cape Town. Abundant in surrounding natural attractions, the centre can accommodate 10 – 1,350 delegates, combining business and leisure to give visitors the best of both work and play.

Arusha, Northern Tanzania

1,350 (seated in main auditorium)

t: +255 27 2050 181/5 e:

Parc des Expositions du Kram (Exhibition and Trade Centre of Tunis) The Parc des Expositions du Kram is by far the largest and most modern of convention centres in Tunisia. It offers around 35,000m2 of exhibition space, which includes an International Trade Centre, an outdoor exhibition area and three multi-purpose exhibition halls.

Tunis, Tunisia

400 - 4,000

t: +216 71 973 111 e:


WELCOME TO AFRICA we are open for business


Nina Freysen-Pretorius ICCA 2nd Vice President African Board Representative

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he successful hosting of huge conference and business events in recent years is testament to the African continent’s ability to outperform all expectations and pre-conceived notions. This is a place that declares itself as the future of business events. South Africa is considered the role-model for the continent regarding growing the business events sector. Having successfully hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the United Nations COP17 Climate Change Conference and the International Conference on Mother and Child Health Handbook, South Africa is poised to remain at the forefront. This year, Cape Town as the World Design Capital will roll out countless innovative design programmes, initiatives and showcases. The country remains in the top-15 long-haul business-events destinations globally, and is edging up on the competition with every fantastic event held. Cape Town was recently rated Top Destination for 2014 by The New York Times and The Guardian, and gradually lesser-known provinces such as the Northern Cape and Limpopo are gaining well-deserved recognition for their outstanding natural beauty, tourism attractions, and large pool of skilled, hospitable people. By 2030, the continent will be home to 25% of all the world’s populations. South Africa is the gateway to that immense and largely untapped market. It simply makes sense to bring your business here. Africa is many things, but her beauty, world-class infrastructure, abundant first-rate hotels, enviable affordability and inherent charm combine to produce an events destination that proudly proclaims “we are rising”. So rise with us, and experience the very best that this world has to offer.


CONTENTS 2 Welcome 4 Africa: Now is the Right Time 6 Event Calendar 8 Africa’s 2014 Business Events Highlights at a Glance 9 Why Africa? 10 International Endorsements 11 South Africa: Rise with Us. The Time is Now 14 Gauteng: The Province of Gold 20 KwaZulu-Natal: A Business Events Gem 22 The Western Cape: Drawing the Creatives of the World 24 Egypt: The Business Person’s Paradise 26 Kenya: Diversity Incarnate 28 Morocco: A Feast for the Senses 30 Tanzania: Land of Natural Wonders 32 Featured Venue Profiles 36 South Africa Paves the Way for Large Conferences in Africa 57 Africa Needs to Hone its Exhibitions Industry 59 Incentive Travel – Africa Steps Up Its Game 61 Featured Conference Specialists 62 Featured Exhibition Specialists 64 Featured Incentive Travel Specialists 65 Featured Specialist Services 68 Government and Association Contacts 75 Directory 76 Venues in Top ICCA ranked countries

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AFRICA Now is the Right Time


verywhere you look, the signs are clear. Now is the right time to hold an event in Africa. The African continent is at the forefront of global growth. According to the International Monetary Fund, seven of the world’s fastest-growing economies are African. The continent also boasts the world’s fastest-growing population and the fastest-growing middle class. Consumer spending in Africa is expected to skyrocket from $680 billion in 2008 to $2.2 trillion by 2030. That makes the African continent a business event hot-spot. A new report from UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, shows more and more business events are coming to Africa. Despite a difficult global

business climate, the exhibition industry in Africa is growing and there is a “clear sense that the future of the exhibition industry in the region is promising,” says an UFI report. Ibrahim Alkhaldi, UFI MEA Regional Manager, says, “Compared to the first edition of this UFI research completed in 2006, we note an increase of 33% in exhibition space and 15% more trade fairs on the entire African continent.” South Africa is the continent’s business events powerhouse. South Africa has hosted some of the world’s most important global events and meetings, including COP 17 and the fifth BRICS Summit. In 2016 South Africa will host (for the second time) the 21st International AIDS Conference. It offers

world-class business and conference facilities, excellent leisure tourism attractions and hospitable, welcoming, and skilled people. As a result, South Africa has secured 88 major bids for the period 2013 until 2017. Jointly, these bids will attract no less than R2.6 billion to the tourism economy. These meetings will bring an estimated 200 000 delegates to the country. Attendees of business events on the continent can expect top-notch service in unforgettable settings. In Africa, visitors can stay in the world’s best luxury lodge or apartment hotel – winners of World Travel Awards in 2013. Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards 2013 named four hotels among the best hotels by country in South

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Africa and Kenya. And if exhibition organisers are looking for world leaders in sustainability reporting and environmental initiatives – look no further than Africa. UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry says both are in Africa. But there’s more. Visitors to Africa can enjoy world-class cuisine at its convention centres. John Moatshe, Executive Chef at the Durban International Convention Centre, was awarded the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Brass Plaque/Blazon in 2013 for maintaining a superb level of cuisine, hospitality and service. And getting here has never been easier. Fly to Africa on an award-winning airline. In the World Travel Awards, travel agents

worldwide selected Africa’s best – from airports to meetings and conference hotels, from leading car hire companies to golf resorts, they named the best of the best, recognizing the top-notch service and facilities Africa has to offer. So how do you start to plan your event? It’s easy. The Event Planner’s Guide to Africa provides an overview of the continent’s worldclass infrastructure and events sectors, with a touch of tourism thrown in for good measure. In these pages information is available on meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions, events, and tourism. The Event Planner’s Guide to Africa provides: • Reasons to bring events to Africa • Location information

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Venue spotlights Government contacts Events Industry Highlights The Event Planner’s Guide to Africa is a publication of Film & Event Media, the awardwinning team behind The Event Magazine, The Filmmakers Guide to South Africa, The Callsheet, The Markex Buyers Guide and The Meetings Africa Daily News. Film & Event Media is proud to celebrate the continued rise of the African events industry, and to provide the best resource for Africa’s worldclass infrastructure and all its different events sectors, with a touch of tourism thrown in for good measure. Bring your event to Africa – now is the right time!


EVENT CALENDAR Highlighting the biggest and best exhibitions in Africa




18-20 25-26

04-05 05-06 11-13


Bridal Expo Oakfield, JHB Bridal Indaba, JHB

FEBRUARY 01 03-06 08-09 18-20 24-26 27-02 27-02

J&B Met, CPT Investing in African Mining Indaba, CPT Travel Expo, JHB Africa Energy Indaba, JHB Meetings Africa, JHB Gauteng Homemakers Expo, JHB Design Indaba Expo, CPT

MARCH 04-06 06-09 06-08 12-13 13-14 14-16 17-19 17-19 18-19 20-23 22-23 28-30

TYREXPO Africa 2014, JHB Hobby-X, JHB Argus Lifestyle Expo, CPT Africa Print Regional Show, CPT India Clothing and Textile Trade Show, CPT Cape Getaway Show, CPT Power-Gen Africa, CPT Distributech Africa, CPT Food and Drink Technology Africa, CPT Decorex, DBN Cape Premier Yearling Show, CPT Baba Indaba, JHB


Agritech Expo, Zambia The Wedding Expo, JHB SA Candy and Snack Expo, JHB Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference, Zambia

MAY 07-09 13-14 15-18 23-25 20-21 29-01

World Economic Forum on Africa, Nigeria African Utility Week, CPT Mama Magic: The Baby Expo, JHB Grand Designs Live, JHB East Africa Com, Kenya The Good Food and Wine Show, CPT

JUNE 09-14 13-22

Southern African TB Conference, DBN East Coast Radio House & Garden Show, DBN

JULY 02-04 11-13 16-18

FESPA Africa 2014, JHB Inferno LAN Expo, JHB iPAD Mozambique

01-03 03-10

19-20 26-29

International Conference on Chemical Thermodynamics, DBN Baba Indaba, CPT Congress of the International Union of Architects, DBN Opex Africa, JHB 7th World Congress on Psychotherapy, DBN



EAPIC (East African Power Industry Convention), Kenya The Wedding Expo, JHB

OCTOBER 13-17 17-19 24-26

South African Automotive Week, JHB 18th FoodAgro, Tanzania Baba Indaba, JHB




Mining, Energy/Oil/Gas and Infrastructure Indaba, Sierre Leone WAPIC (West African Power Industry Convention), Nigeria Mama Magic Baby Expo, JHB


AFRICA’S 2014 Business Events Highlights at a Glance EGYPT

PLASTEX Cairo International Convention & Exhibition centre (CICC) Cairo, Egypt 13-16 Mar PLASTEX 2014 is the 13th version of this leading international trade fair dedicated to the plastic machinery, components, raw materials and chemicals at the MENA region. Since its launch in 1993, PLASTEX held 12 successful versions and in 2014 is expected to attract more exhibitors, visitors, and international attendees in a larger space.


Kenya International Trade Exhibition Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) Nairobi, Kenya 03-05 Oct The Kenya International Trade Exhibition is the largest international trade exhibition in Africa for multisector products, equipment and machinery. Exhibitors and trade visitors are said to increase by 27% and 24% respectively at the 17th edition. As the largest event of its kind, it ensures direct access to over 150 exhibitors from 30 countries and more than 12,000 trade visitors.


Medical Expo Casablanca International Fairgrounds Casablanca, Morocco 19-23 Mar Medical Expo is the largest medical equipment trade fair in Morocco. It targets CEOs and top executives from the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, executives from production, quality control, research and development, and purchase departments.

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Meetings Africa Sandton Convention Centre (SCC) Johannesburg, South Africa 24-26 Feb

Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair Saba Trade Fair Grounds Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 28 June – 8 July The Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair has established itself over years as the shop window for Tanzania products as well as the East, Central and the Southern African Region. Supported by the services of the Dar es Salaam harbour which serves the region, the fair acts as one-stop shop for reaching countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

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Meetings Africa is a pan-African exhibition for the business events industry. It is a key networking and business event for meeting the widest range of exhibitors from across Africa. It allows exhibitors and business event service and product suppliers to do business with more than 300 buyers from Africa and around the world.



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Economic Boom As The Economist magazine wrote in 2013, “There is no shortage of economic growth in Africa.” The African continent is home to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with an expanding, thriving middle-class that is attracting the attention of corporations and organisations world-wide. South Africa and Nigeria are the continent’s powerhouses, but they are by no means alone in economic heft. Meanwhile, global economic growth is expected to increase over the next two years, particularly in Africa. The international interest in doing business in Africa makes the continent the ideal location for a business event.

Track Record of Success A 2013 report from UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, says that despite a difficult business climate, the exhibition industry in Africa is growing with a “clear sense that the future of

the exhibition industry in the region is promising.” In 2013 the continent was buzzing with high-profile industry events. The International Federation of Exhibition and Event Suppliers (IFES) hosted the IFES World Summit 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. This was the first IFES conference to be held in Africa. Bruno Meissner, the President of IFES, enthused, “This was the best IFES event I have attended! We will all keep great memories from Cape Town in our hearts.” Also in 2013, the members of the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC), the industry association for professional convention and exhibition centre managers worldwide, gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, in June for its Annual Conference and General Assembly. AIPC wanted members to experience “a destination in major transition from a closely controlled past to a still-uncertain future and where economic progress is a major factor in addressing social issues.”

Africa – 2014 Hot Spot In 2013, African suppliers were in-demand among global buyers at EIBTM (the global meetings and incentive exhibition in Barcelona, Spain) and at CIBTM (China’s leading meetings, incentives and business travel exhibition). This is part of a wider trend – Africa is a business events hot spot in 2014. Graeme Barnett, Reed Travel Exhibitions, EIBTM Senior Event Director, says there hes been a surge in interest in Africa because the continent has one of the highest growth rates in the world. “We believe that it is Africa’s business potential, and the large increase in the number of corporate and business travellers placing outbound business into Africa that has stimulated the growth in the meetings industry on the continent.” Africa will be in the spotlight with the launch of the new Africa Travel Week, includes the World Travel Market which Africa, IBTM Africa, and International Luxury Travel Market Africa.


World Travel Awards 2013 In Africa you can relax in the world’s best luxury lodge or stay at the best apartment hotel. In the 20th annual World Travel Awards, travel agents worldwide selected Africa’s best travel, tourism and hospitality organisations.

Best Travel in 2014 Cape Town, South Africa was named the third best city to visit by Lonely Planet. The list, which was published in their much anticipated annual, Best Travel in 2014, put Cape Town just behind Paris, France and Trinidad, Cuba.

Conde Nast’s 2013 Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards In Conde Nast’s 2013 Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards, Cape Town, South Africa was

ranked 11th in the Conde Nast Top 25 cities in the world. It shares the position with Bruges in Belgium.

Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Brass Plaque/Blazon Award Visitors to Africa enjoy world-class cuisine at its convention centres. Durban International Convention Centre’s Executive Chef, John Moatshe, was awarded the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Brass Plaque/Blazon for maintaining a superb level of cuisine, hospitality and service.

TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards 2013 Three African Pride Hotels and a Protea Hotel have been named among the best hotels by country in South Africa and Kenya in the prestigious annual TripAdvisor

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INTERNATIONAL ENDORSEMENTS Travelers’ Choice Awards that are voted for by millions of global travellers.

UFI 2013 Winners Looking for the world leaders in sustainability reporting and environmental initiatives? UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, says both are in Africa.

Africa’s First Gold AIPC Quality Standards Certification In 2013, the Cape Town International Convention Centre was named the first convention centre in Africa to achieve the gold AIPC Quality Standards Certification. The program standards identified and audited address ten key areas, which include customer service, quality of facilities and operations, and environmental responsibility.



Rise With Us. The Time Is Now. land of abundant wealth yet with the most striking of socioeconomic divides, South Africa is a magnificent place filled with possibilities. Its history and heritage is steeped in colonialism, racism and civil unrest but the nation has managed to rise from the ashes to create a booming economy with an impressive infrastructure that cannot be ignored.

South Africa is one of only 12 countries where tap water is safe to drink. It is the world’s biggest producer and exporter of mohair. Its mines run deeper that any country in the world – up to 2.5 miles at points. Afrikaans is officially the youngest language in the world and South Africa is the world’s largest producer of gold, platinum, chromium, vanadium, manganese and alumino-silicates. It produces nearly 40% of


the world’s chrome and vermiculite. South Africa also has the world’s second-oldest air force and is the only country to have voluntarily dismantled its nuclear arsenal. It has some of the most amazing natural wonders, from its distinct biodiversity and enormous nature reserves to its mountain ranges, waterfalls and canyons. These wonderful natural attractions have encouraged both tourism and business,

with South Africa offering a number of incentives to encourage growth. One such initiative is the film rebate scheme, which has brought large-scale productions like ‘Safe House’ (2012), ‘Blood Diamond’ (2006), ‘Dredd’ (2012), ‘Black Sails’ (20122013) and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (2014) to the country. The nation also has one of the largest growing middle classes on the continent and the government is in the process of providing proper sources of income and amenities in informal settlements. One such project is the 110% Green Initiative which, together with the Western Cape Government, promotes sustainable housing solutions for a growing housing backlog. SA Tourism also has its own initiatives such


as the National Tourism Sector Strategy which aims to provide “excellent people development and decent work within the tourism sector”. The country’s economy has naturally evolved with all these social changes – as has the events and meetings industries. In recent years, South Africa has become widely known for accommodating international conferences, mega-concerts, and design, food and other expos on a regular basis. In 2012, Debora Patta, then presenter for ‘Third

Degree’, said that the 2010 FIFA World Cup was “an example of a nation that despite all odds, often delivers an astounding product”. Cape Town, also referred to as the Mother City, was nominated as the World Design Capital 2014. Throughout the coming year, the city will host hundreds of programmes that identify, nurture and promote projects that improve lives through design. Cape Town was also ranked as one of the top 10 cities to visit from 2006 to 2009, with the New York Times putting it at number one for 2014.

Contact Details South Africa National Convention Bureau t: +27 11 895 3000 e:


South Africa hosted 106 international association meetings in 2012 and has a goal of hosting 130 events each year by 2020.

The nation continues to enjoy a steady influx of international tourists on the back of the FIFA World Cup. In 2013, arrivals grew by 5.1% during the first six months – over 4.6 million tourists. In the first two quarters of 2013, tourism injected R35.3 billion into the economy, which is more than gold exports contributed during that same period. The Department of Tourism most recently announced the opening of an office in Lagos, Nigeria, signalling the importance of the West and East African markets. “For us to compete as a destination in the current economic environment where many travellers in our traditional core markets are choosing to travel for shorter periods of time and closer to home, we need to work harder than ever to be seen as a destination that offers brilliant value for money. Working with our private sector partners, we are focused on nurturing this value proposition,” SA Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk said in an official statement. He went on to voice his enthusiasm at the new Lagos offices, saying that the Department remained confident of growth in tourism from Africa. “We look forward to being part of the larger Nigerian travel community. Having a marketing home in this critical West African region will do much to bolster the relationships we have with both trade and consumers in the region, and

unlock the full potential of tourism.” Most recently, Cape Town announced exponential growth in its tourism industry, with the V&A Waterfront being the “biggest draw-card for local and international visitors”, according to the Cape Argus Business Report. There are also signs of a revival in the city’s construction, with an almost 48% year-on-year rise in the value of building plans completed between July and September 2013. Wesgro has also announced that it is attracting new investors, with the company facilitating three major investments to the value of R219.4 million during the quarter under review. “The city’s large spend on new infrastructure, refurbishment and maintenance of existing infrastructure has created the platform for a growing economy,” said Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning. A sizeable portion was invested in the media and advertising sector, creating around 2,000 jobs. In the same way that Cape Town has


benefitted from investments, across the country internationals are investing in South Africa’s many resources. The Marriott International, the largest hotel chain in the US, recently acquired a R2.02 billion stake in the nation’s Protea Hospitality Holdings. Dubai-based investment bank Arqaam Capital has become the newest equity member of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), indicating the confidence of other emerging markets in South Africa as a financial gateway to sub-Saharan Africa. In January 2014, Petrochemicals giant Sasol inaugurated a new, R1.9-billion ethylene purification unit in Sasolburg in the Free State province. And in December, a German company landed its biggest ever solar contract – thanks to South Africa’s renewable energy programme. It represents an investment of over R1.2 billion, on the back of South Africa’s approval of R33 billion in investments in renewable energy projects. The South African business events Industry has also seen some developments in the last year. Durban hosted the 123rd International Olympic Committee Session


Cape Town was also ranked as one of the top 10 cities to visit from 2006 to 2009, with the New York Times putting it at number one for 2014.

and the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17). The International Congress of Psychology and the 19th International Symposium on Dental Hygiene took place in Cape Town. Joburg hosted the Africa Rail, Port and Harbour Show, the 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and the International Franchise Expo. The development of large, state-ofthe-art convention centres in all of South Africa’s major cities has helped create an environment that grows events industries. Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is host to annual events like the Design Indaba, the Mining Indaba and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which

saw over 34,000 visitors in 2013. It has two large auditoriums, multiple meeting rooms and flexible exhibition, trade show and film shoot venues with 11,200 square metres of column-free space. Parking and amenities such as ATMs, a restaurant, a prayer room, a business centre, and a coffee shop can be found within the facility. The CTICC also plans to upgrade its complex in the near future. In 2013, it added a record high of R2.9 billion to the SA economy and over R1 billion to the Western Cape’s coffers. The Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg is the nation’s leading and most prestigious, multipurpose exhibition and convention complex. Situated in

the heart of Joburg’s business, hotel and entertainment district, the Sandton Convention Centre offers easy access to over 5,000 hotel rooms and provides nearly 11,000 secure parking bays. These numbers pale in comparison with the complex, which covers over 22,000 square metres of floor space. This excludes the Pavilion, the Ballroom and 13 other meeting rooms which can accommodate up to 8,000 guests combined. It is often host to the African edition of international conferences. Durban International Convention Centre is a focal point of Durban’s business district. It is centrally located and just half an hour from the airport. Durban ICC is one of the most advanced conference facilities in the world, and the best-performing convention centre in the country. In 2013, it produced a revenue of R157 million with profits of R45 million before tax. Durban ICC also has a world-famous catering service headed by Executive Chef John Moatshe, who was awarded the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Brass Plaque/Blazon for maintaining “a superb level of cuisine, hospitality and service”. Looking at the massive investment in conference infrastructure, one can see how committed the country is to growing the sector. And, over the last few years, it has paid off. South Africa hosted 106 international association meetings in 2012 and has a goal of hosting 130 events each year by 2020. 88 international meetings have already been booked between 2013 and 2017, generating an estimated R2.6 billion over a period of five years. As South Africa embraces 20 years of freedom in 2014, the country celebrates. We celebrate not only the impact that former president Nelson Mandela has had on the nation, but the fact that South Africa has grown and built so much in such a short space of time. It has truly become an example for, and the gateway to the rest of the continent.

Contact Details South Africa National Convention Bureau t: +27 11 895 3000 e:


By 2030, Africa will be will home to a quarter of the world’s population. South Africa is the gateway to that market.


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The Province of Gold onsidered the commercial heart of South Africa, Gauteng’s energy and vibe are tangible from the moment you arrive. From historical and cultural attractions that speak of the country’s turbulent past, to world-class cities that are distinctly African, Gauteng has plenty to offer travellers attending business events. The province is the site of coal and diamond extraction operations, but it is best known for its gold deposits. With only 1.4% of South Africa’s land area, the tiny province of Gauteng punches far above its weight-class, contributing more than 33% to the national economy

and 10% to the GDP of the entire African continent. Politically, the three metropolitan municipalities – the cities of Johannesburg, Tshwane (Greater Pretoria) and Ekurhuleni (East Rand) – have come together to build a globally competitive city-region. Gauteng also boasts a rich history, with a heritage steeped in the origins and evolution of humankind, mining and politics. Visitors to Gauteng can enjoy exploring heritage spots, absorbing arts and culture, trawling the markets and malls for interesting memorabilia or simply soaking up the sunshine in the great African outdoors.

The tiny province of Gauteng punches far above its weightclass, contributing more than 33% to the national economy and 10% to the GDP of the entire African continent.

Key Venues Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention and Entertainment Resort Also known as ‘The Vegas of Africa”, Emperor’s Palace combines classic elegance with sheer excitement. Situated alongside O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, it offers world class conferencing facilities and impeccable service. Emperor’s Palace caters for groups of 8 to 3,000, with five main auditoria – Centre Court, the North and South Wings, the Theatre of Marcellus and 64 @ The Palace. Gallagher Convention Centre The Gallagher Convention Centre, one of Africa’s largest conference and exhibition venues, is located in Midrand, between Johannesburg and Pretoria. The centre has five purpose-built exhibition centres, 19 multi-purpose venues and state-of-the-art facilities that can accommodate between 2,000 and 12,000 people.


Sandton Convention Centre The Sandton Convention Centre is a worldclass, multi-purpose centre situated in the heart of the Sandton business district. It is near a number of accommodation, retail and entertainment options. The 12-storey building provides 22,000 square metres of convention, exhibition and special event space over five main levels. Its pavilion can seat 4,500 guests, while the ballroom can accommodate 2,000 banquet guests. The CSIR International Convention Centre The centre has 13 venues, including a newly built outdoor wooden deck and an exhibition hall. Two international-standard raked-floor auditoria seat 450 and 136 delegates respectively, while conference, breakaway and function rooms can accommodate groups of between 10 and 450 people. Up to 700 delegates can be accommodated in parallel sessions with up to 1,000 delegates for cocktail-type events. The Expo Centre The Expo Centre is located south of Johannesburg and is one of South Africa’s

largest purpose-built exhibition, convention and events venues. Its exhibition halls provide over 50,000 square metres of indoor space, with over 100,000 square metres of outdoor expo area. The venue also has conference rooms, a multi-purpose arena that can accommodate up to 20,000 people and over 15,000 parking bays. The Expo Centre offers five star catering services for large events as well as more intimate celebrations.

Gauteng as an Events Destination In December 2013, it was announced that the City of Johannesburg will host the 7th edition of the Africities Summit in 2015. Held every three years, the Summit is the premier event on local government in Africa, organised by UCLG Africa. Already a renowned, world-class destination for international conferences and exhibition, the city was chosen specifically for its excellent track record in organising major international events. In 2013, Johannesburg hosted three important summits – the Metropolis Board of Directors, One Young World, and most recently the C40 Summit on Climate Change from 4 to 6 February 2014. Joburg has also successfully bid to host both the CIDESCO World Congress and the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) World Congress in 2015. Other major events taking place in the city include the World Orchid Congress and Exhibition (2014) and the Summit on Healthy Ageing (2015).

Contact Details Gauteng Conventions & Events Bureau 124 Main Street, Johannesburg t: +27 11 085 2500 e:


KWAZULU-NATAL H “ A Business Events Gem

ome of the legendary Wild Coast and one of South Africa’s most popular event and holiday destinations, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is a province of contrasts. Its bustling port city of Durban boasts world-class meeting facilities, an award-winning convention centre and some of South Africa’s finest hotels. KZN has professionally hosted some of Africa’s most significant events including the International Wildlife Management Congress, the fifth BRICS Summit, the United Nations Climate Change Congress and COP 17. But it is also a land of beautiful natural vistas and ample camera opportunities. Known for its wonderful weather with 320 days of sunshine per year, KZN offers natural attractions and adventure activities. A number of Blue Flag beaches are found on the coast along the Indian Ocean, while its western part is marked by the majestic Drakensberg Mountains.

The Durban ICC was named ‘Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Venue’ for the 12th time by the World Travel Awards in 2013, and has been voted amongst the top 20 conference centres in the world.

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Getting to KZN by Air The state-of-the-art King Shaka International Airport (KSIA) is the thirdlargest airport in South Africa. Built to process up to 7.5 million passengers a year, it replaced the Durban International Airport (DIA). The first flight took off without a hitch on 1 May 2010, just over a month before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. KSIA is situated in La Mercy, 35 kilometres north of Durban’s city centre on the Dolphin Coast. It serves both domestic and international travellers.

Key Venues Durban International Convention Centre Durban ICC is one of the most advanced conference facilities in the world. The facility boasts the largest area of column free, flat floor, multi-purpose space in Africa coupled with state-of-the-art technology. As well as being named ‘Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Venue’ for the

12th time by the World Travel Awards” in 2013, the centre has been voted amongst the top 20 conference centres in the world by the AIPC. It also has an overall client satisfaction rating of 88%. A focal point of Durban’s business district, the ICC is centrally located – just half an hour from the airport and minutes from hotels and beaches. Champagne Sports Resort Located at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountain Range, the Champagne Sports Resort is an award-winning venue that allows visitors to mix business with

pleasure. Following recent developments, the resort can now accommodate up to 750 delegates in 152 hotel rooms and 91 time-share chalets. The resort also offers 16 conference venues including the new state-of-the-art Buttress Centre with a usable floor space of 1,200 square metres. It seats up to 1,400 delegates and banquets 850 guests at round tables.

Did You Know? Once home to legendary King Shaka and the Kingdom of the Zulu, today KwaZuluNatal is home to the largest Indian community outside of India.


Drawing the Creatives of the World

n the south-western tip of the continent lies one of South Africa’s most well-known provinces – the Western Cape. It is renowned for its natural beauty, cultural diversity and world-class wine and cuisine, making for some inviting tourist attractions. The Western Cape is home to the

country’s oldest city, Cape Town. The majestic Table Mountain was named an Official New 7 Wonder of Nature in 2011. Just off the coast is Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years. The province is also home to the Cape Floral Kingdom – the smallest of the six recognised floral kingdoms of the world with

over 9,000 vascular plant species. The business events industry in Cape Town and the Western Cape is organized, robust and thriving. Industry leaders are very optimistic about the destination’s ability to strengthen its international reputation and aim to establish it as the one of the top long-haul convention destinations.



World Design Capital 2014 Cape Town was designated World Design Capital 2014 at the International Design Alliance (IDA) Congress in October 2011 in Taipei. It is bestowed biennially by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID). The vision is to transform Cape Town through design into a sustainable, productive African city, bridging historic divides and building social and economic inclusion. This prestigious designation puts a global spotlight on the city’s creativity, making it a focal point for the international design community, with design-focused projects and events hosted throughout the year. From a Cape Town month of


photography and creating green office space to citizen-driven city development, accidental art and affordable homes, this year is gearing up to be one of Cape Town’s busiest – from a creative perspective, that is. A number of exhibitions and conferences are attached to this initiative including 100% Design South Africa, the 14th International Winelands Conference and the 90 + 10 Total Design Festival. For more information or to view the full list of events and projects, visit

The business events industry in Cape Town and the Western Cape is organized, robust and thriving.

Key Venues Cape Town International Convention Centre The award winning Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), located on Cape Town’s northern foreshore, offers world-class facilities and innovative design. Among its many facilities are two auditoriums, top-of-the-range technology and ergonomically designed seats with writing tablets. The auditoriums have seating capacities for 1,500 and 620 guests respectively, complete with stages and screens, six translation booths and a projection room. There is 11,399m² of dedicated, column-free exhibition and

trade-show space. The exhibition halls are sub divisible and can be configured into separate venues for smaller exhibitions, banquets or conferences with access to power, water and data connections. State-of-the-art audio visual equipment together with advanced sound and information technology infrastructure means the CTICC can offer packages of fully integrated technology solutions. In addition CTICC is one of the world’s leading sustainable convention centres, and has gained global recognition for its commitment to implementing sustainable initiatives through every facet of its operations.

Contact Details t: +27 21 487 8600 e:


EGYPT The Business Person's Paradise



rom the mighty pyramids of Giza to the majestic Nile River winding through Saharan dunes towards the warm Mediterranean coast, Egypt is an explorer’s paradise. It is home to some of the world’s most renowned diving locations and holds a wealth of history within its borders. In years prior to the Arab Spring, it was ideal for European holiday makers – as one of the most exotic vacation spots close to home. These days, the country struggles to bring tourists in. Reuters announced in mid-January that Egypt’s tourism revenue sank by 41% in 2013 compared with a year earlier. The sector naturally took a massive hit in 2011 when President Hosni Mubarak was toppled by a popular uprising. It was further damaged in 2013 when, after mass protests, hundreds were killed in the army’s violent overthrow of elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.




complex and a business hotel located between the city and the airport. The Nile Tower is a striking addition to Cairo’s skyline. It is a dizzying, 70-storey building bordering the Nile River and the city centre and will include both residential apartments and a five-star hotel.

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A MICE Industry Hub

The International Convention Centre at Port Ghalib Resort This is the largest business and convention centre on the Red Sea Riviera and is located in Marsa Alam on the luxurious Port Ghalib Resort. The facility is designed to host all scales of corporate, political and private events and can host up to 2,000 participants. It also has a VIP lounge, a dignitary salon, and a fully equipped business centre. Its employees are all dedicated MICE professionals who assist in organising the event – from stage designers, sound and light technicians, to translators, florists, couriers, photographers and caterers.

You Need to Know About Pack a two-prong adaptor when travelling to Egypt. Electricity is 220 volts through continental-type two-pin plugs. The adaptor should work with most cellphone chargers, laptops and other small electronic devices, but a transformer might be required for operating anything larger. ©

As Egypt struggles to find its place in an everchanging democratic society, it has recognised the importance of the MICE industry and has, despite the odds, fostered strong international business ties. The nation still forges ahead with its many European, African and MiddleEastern trade shows – 22 of which will be hosted at the International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Cairo. Two major construction projects, Cairo Expo City and the Nile Tower, are currently underway. Another was announced in December 2013 – an international convention centre for Alexandria. Both Cairo Expo City and the Nile Tower are designed by award-winning, British-Iraqi architect, Zaha Hadid. The Expo City is a natural confluence of patterns, with 450,000 square metres of iconic exhibition and conference facilities. The immense structure comprises an international exhibition centre, a conference

Cairo International Convention & Exhibition Centre The Cairo International Convention & Exhibition Centre (CICC) is the country’s most popular and most comprehensive conference centre. It covers a whopping 30 hectares including 30,000 square metres of state-of-the-art conference facilities. It is a 10-minute drive from Cairo International Airport, close to several five star hotels and a five minute walk from the Cairo International Exhibition Grounds. It can accommodate up to 2,500 people and offers a total exhibition space of 20,000 square metres as well as multiple small meeting rooms, five exhibition halls and three banquet halls.

Maritim Sharm El Sheikh International Congress Centre The Maritim Sharm El Sheikh International Congress Centre is an ideal setting for conferences, exhibitions and incentive events. Its largest hall, The Summit, holds up to 2,000 people cinema style, while 11 additional conference rooms ranging from 140 to 800 square metres in size. The facility also has six VIP rooms, ample interpreter booths, cutting edge audio-visual recording technology and a clever lighting system. Visitors are welcome to stay at the adjoining hotel and resort.




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enya has long been an economic powerhouse with a vibrant film sector and an equally colourful meetings and tourism industry. Contained within the borders of this diverse country are savannahs rich with game, timeless cultures, pristine coral shores, equatorial forests, searing deserts and mighty, snow-capped mountains. Kenya also holds East Africa’s biggest city, Nairobi, which is the natural entry point to the region. The nation has, in recent years, been working extremely hard on promoting the tourism industry, especially the domestic market. One such initiative, the East African Passport, was officially launched in 1999 in three of the five East African Community (EAC) states. By 2015, Rwanda and Burundi will be included in the regional travel document, making for ease of travel throughout the region. Another initiative, the East African Single Tourist Visa, allows entry to Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. The multiple-entry visa is valid for 90 days and costs $100.


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Key Venues Kenyatta International Conference Centre – Kenya Built especially for Conference Tourism, Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) is a remarkable, 30-storey landmark on Nairobi’s skyline. The facility was constructed in 1969 and is the only building in the region with a helipad. KICC has a rich MICE heritage and has hosted high profile events in all sectors of the economy. It has eight meeting halls and exhibition areas equipped with cutting edge technology, and includes round-the-clock security surveillance, catering services and an electronic voting system.

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Bomas of Kenya Situated just 10km outside of Nairobi’s city centre, the Bomas of Kenya allows visitors to see the country’s melting pot of cultures up close. Different aspects of Kenyan life are displayed, from living styles and crafts to music and dancing, with each representing one of the nation’s major ethnic groups. The Bomas – which in Swahili means ‘homesteads’ – was established by the government in 1971 as a tourist attraction. The complex holds the biggest theatre in Africa with 3,500 seats and can also be used as a conference facility.

Kenya in the News

You Need to Know About The East African Community has recently made tremendous strides both economically and politically. In early December 2013, the five nations signed a Monetary Union Protocol, paving the way for the establishment of a common currency.

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Most recently Kenya has been at the centre of both terrible and wonderful news stories. The infamous Westgate Mall attack, which took place in September of 2013, left 72 dead and hundreds injured. It no doubt dealt a massive blow to tourism in the region. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has drawn attention to the country with her multiple award nominations following her performance in ‘12 Years A Slave’. Chris Froome, who managed to capture cycling’s most coveted trophy in 2013 – the Tour De France – has paid homage to his birthplace through his documentary, ‘Chris Froome: Made in Kenya’.

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has drawn attention to the country following her stunning performance in 12 Years a Slave.

MOROCCO A Feast for the Senses






Although tourism plays a large role in the nation’s economy, the MICE sector is also substantial. Numerous tour operators have business-specific activities like team building and incentive programmes. Conferences, exhibitions and facilities for them abound. The desert city of Marrakech has a large luxury hotel market, with growing interest from international investors.


Key Venues OFEC: Casablanca Offices of Fairs & Expositions Located opposite the majestic Hassan II Mosque near the seaside, the Offices of Fairs & Expositions (OFEC) provides vast spaces for exhibitions and trade fairs. It has one large hall measuring 20,000 square metres, as well as an outdoor exhibition space of 16,000 square metres. Corum Rabat Convention & Exhibition Centre Mohammed VI An impressive, modern complex, the Corum Rabat Convention & Exhibition Centre Mohammed VI is located between the international airports of Casablanca and Rabat. It offers comprehensive facilities that are both flexible and functional and comes complete with technical support, high-end equipment and dedicated service. The centre covers 4,000m2 and facilities range from a theatre-style auditorium to a vast reception hall and a Royal Meeting Room. It is adjacent to L’Amphitrite Palace – a luxurious, five-star hotel just 25 minutes outside of the capital. Marrakech Palais Des Congrès Directly connected with five star Hotel Mansour Eddahbi, the Palais Des Congrès holds a total of 1,700 in its main auditorium and 500 in a second plenary room. It has 15 state-of-the-art syndicate and break out rooms and is centrally located – ideal for walks to the renowned Jemaa El-Fnaa Square.

Morocco has 31 airports in total – three main international airports, 3 military airports and over 20 national airports connecting visitors to Europe and the rest of the country. Its flag carrier, Royal Air Maroc, is owned entirely by the government. Nearly all major international airlines from British Airways to Etihad fly directly to Morocco. A number of cheap carriers like Ryanair and also offer connecting flights from major cities in Europe.

Did You Know? The Gnaoua People of North and West Africa originated in the ancient Ghanaian Empire of Ouagadougou – present day Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Burkino Faso and 85% of Mali. They are an ethic group who have, in recent years, become part of the Moroccan Sufi order. Every year, in the small, seaside town of Essaouira, the Gnaoua World Music Festival takes place. Colourful and exciting, it rouses the spirit, with ‘maalems’ – teachers – providing rhythms and chants you simply cannot ignore. This unique festival sees up to 500,000 visitors each year, with international acts in jazz, pop, rock and contemporary world music.


vibrant and exotic land trying to find itself amidst Western influences and its rich, MiddleEastern heritage, Morocco is a truly unique experience. The nation is well-versed in the tourism industry with a steady rise in international arrivals every year – 9,342,000 in 2011 according to the WTO Yearbook. Between January and August 2013, tourism revenues reached a whopping $4.69 billion (R52.5 billion), marking a 2.1% increase over the same period in 2012. Natives are friendly and welcoming, foods are flavourful and the sensory overload when walking through a marketplace is incredible. Sights, sounds and colours combine to form a tapestry that’s ideal for luring even the least inquisitive business traveller. The Moroccan National Tourism Office works tirelessly to bring new travellers to the country. In 2012 it was dealt a massive blow when Ryanair cancelled all flights to the country. Despite this economic downturn, continuing conflict in neighbouring Mali and unrest in the capital of Rabat, Morocco has managed to maintain stability and growth. In 2013, it launched a new golf tourism push in the UK, and has also invested heavily in transport and accommodation infrastructure in a bid to host the Club World Cup Championship and other international events. Two new Hilton hotels are due to open by the end of 2014 and the Port of Tangier is in the midst of expansion in order to accommodate some of the world’s largest cruise ships by 2020.

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TANZANIA Land of Natural Wonders


rom turquoise waters and sunsoaked beaches to the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania is not a country to be ignored. The nation is part of the East African Community (EAC), bordering the Indian Ocean between Kenya and Mozambique. It includes the islands of Mafia, Pemba and Zanzibar. Tanzania is rich with natural resources including iron ore, diamonds, gold deposits, natural gas and hydropower. It is also a vibrant country with a booming tourism industry which beat gold earnings towards the end of 2013. Tanzania is an African paradise, with renowned national parks like the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Selous Game Reserve. Its semi-autonomous archipelago

offers white sand shores, spice plantations and exotic bazaars to explore. Last year it was voted the Best Safari Country in Africa and is, to date, the only place in the world with hot air balloon trips over the Serengeti. Because of its diverse and unique tourism attractions, Tanzania is beginning to attract more and more MICE industry events. Arusha, a city in its northern region, is a major international diplomatic hub and is the de facto capital of the EAC. Dar es Salaam, formerly known as Mzizima, is the country’s largest and richest city and serves as a regionally important economic centre. As a result, most of Tanzania’s hotels and resorts are equipped with conference facilities that can hold between 100 and 300 seated guests.

Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC) can accommodate up to 1,350 delegates and was built by the Government of Tanzania to enable and encourage business tourism to the nation.



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Key Venues Arusha International Conference Centre Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC) is a state of the art edifice located midway between Cairo and Cape Town. It can accommodate up to 1,350 delegates in the main auditorium and was built by the Government of Tanzania to enable and encourage Business Tourism to the nation. The AICC also has ample office space available to rent, as well as hospital services and residential housing units for international personnel working at Arusha.


Tanga International Conference Centre Located about five hours outside of Dar es Salaam and Arusha, Tanga International Conference Centre (TICC) is a rather unusual meetings facility. Rooted in 30

years of community development, TICC is a foundation for projects in areas such as education, health, social care, entrepreneurship and infrastructure. The centre incorporates four bungalows and 30 bedrooms, a conference hall for up to 125 people and a restaurant with space for 250 guests and which serves up to 500. It has close ties with the local Masai settlement and through this collaboration is able to offer guests a truly cultural, overnight experience.

Did You Know? Tanzania’s African population consists of 120 ethnic groups including tribes of hunter gatherers such as the famous Masai warriors. There are also small populations of East Indian, Arab and Caucasians, predominantly situated on the islands.


The CTICC is so much more than just another convention centre. Set in the heart of the Cape Town city centre, the CTICC is a place where people from all walks of life are brought together, a tangible demonstration of the power of partnership, and an excellent example of the success that can be achieved when public and private enterprises work together towards shared goals. As one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world, Cape Town is no ordinary city. So it stands to reason that the CTICC would be no ordinary convention centre. And the fact that, in just 11 years, it has become widely regarded as one of the leading convention centres in the southern hemisphere bears testimony to this fact. Thanks to its innovative design with meticulous attention to detail, its comprehensive array of world-class services, five star accommodation facilities, and dedicated staff with a proven passion for service excellence, the CTICC consistently delivers the kind of unforgettable experience that keeps event hosts, and their guests coming back again and again. In order to provide a seamless event experience, the centre also offers an array of audio visual services for your convenience. To find out more visit or contact us on +27 21 410 5000.

Contact Details Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town t: +27 21 410 5000 f: +27 21 410 5001 e: twitter: facebook:











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Winner of the World Travel Awards prestigious title “Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre” no less than 12 times since 2001, the Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) is one of the most advanced conference facilities in the world. With a broad range of flexible exhibition and conference spaces on offer, Durban ICC offers the largest flat floor, column-free multi-purpose event space in Africa. The state-of-the-art complex incorporates the Durban ICC Arena and adjacent Exhibition Centre, offering clients 33,000m² of flexible exhibition and meeting space. With raked seating for 5,532 delegates, plenary seating for 12,000 and up to 32 meeting rooms ranging in size from 43m² to 402m², the Durban ICC can accommodate large scale events of every type. The Durban ICC also provides banqueting for up to 5,000 guests and can accommodate up to 10,000 for concerts with full technical capacity for live broadcasts. The Centre is five-star graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa and is ISO 9001, 14001, 22000 and HACCP certified, ensuring the highest international quality standards focused on service delivery, environmental management and food safety.

Contact Details Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Complex 45 Bram Fischer Road,Durban t: +27 31 360 1000 f: +27 31 360 1005 e:










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Johannesburg Expo Centre is Southern Africa’s largest purpose built exhibitions, conferences and events venue, as well as one of Johannesburg’s best known landmarks. As Southern Africa’s largest multi-purpose facility, we offer convenient location with ease of access to all of Johannesburg’s major arterial highways and within 30 minutes from OR Tambo International. Other than offering a fantastic and flexible variety of venues for events, exhibitions and conferences, we pride ourselves and business by ensuring that we meet your demands and exceed your expectations.

Contact Details Cnr Nasrec & Rand Show, Johannesburg 2000 t: +27 11 494 1920










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Located in the heart of Sandton’s business district, the Sandton Convention Centre is Southern Africa’s most technologically advanced convention centre. With over 22 000m² of convention, exhibition and special event space, adjacent to 1300 four and five star hotel rooms, conveniently located to up market shopping and entertainment centres and over 30 hotels nearby, Sandton Convention Centre has been purpose-built to cater to your every need. Events can be staged on four main levels simultaneously, accommodating up to 10 000 visitors at any one time. The Pavilion area offers seating for up to 4 000 people; The Ballroom can accommodate 2 000 guests; and the two exhibition levels have a combined floor space of 10 000m². Sandton together with other suburbs in Johannesburg further offer unique cultural and social experiences, such as museums, cultural precincts, performing arts, theme parks, entertainment centres, craft markets, wildlife reservations and casinos.

Contact Details Maude Street, Sandown, 2196 Johannesburg, South Africa t: +27 11 779 0000 f: +27 11 779 0001 e:

















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Champagne Sports Resort has been striving to make this award winning resort the perfect place for work and play. We have created a truly unique destination catering for all guest requirements in an absolutely spectacular setting. Champagne Sports Resort can now accommodate up to 750 delegates at the foot of the majestic Drakensberg mountain range. The 40 new hotel rooms and 4 new luxurious executive suites enables us to offer a total of 152 hotel rooms and 91 time-share chalets of which the majority are 3 bedrooms. Champagne Sports Resort now offers a total of 16 conference venues including the new state of the art Buttress Centre with a floor space of 1200m2 (usable area) which seats up to 1400 delegates and banquets 950 guests at round tables. Other venues include the Sentinel Room which seats up to 1000 delegates, the Monks Cowl center seating up to 550 delegates, the Summit Room seating up to 400 delegates and the more intimate venues ranging between 150 delegates down to the private boardrooms seating up to a maximum of 20 people. Conference equipment includes the most up to date equipment with Crestron hand held controls through the bigger venues and all standard equipment through the smaller meeting areas. Delegates have internet access in the hotel and all venues. So whether you are wearing your golf cap or your thinking cap, there’s no better place to find inspiration!

Contact Details Central Drakensberg, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa t: +27 36 468 8000 f: +27 36 468 1072 e:













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The Two Oceans Aquarium offers a spectacular setting for conferences and functions with a difference. The Think Tank provide the ideal space for knowledge sharing, creative thought and strategic planning. Tranquility, with its four meter high window looking into a spectacular underwater forest, offers an inspirational venue for board meetings, smaller group presentations, intimate dinners and cocktail celebrations. Enchant your dinner guests with an unforgettable dinner in the company of the ragged-tooth sharks, graceful rays and shoals of predatory fishes of the I&J Predator Exhibit, or introduce them to the ever-changing scenery of the Atlantic Ocean Gallery. For large groups, the entire Aquarium provides a living backdrop for an unforgettable cocktail party. The Two Oceans Aquarium is ideally situated in the V & A Waterfront, 3km from Cape Town’s CBD and within close proximity of world-class hotels.

Contact Details Dock Road, Waterfront, Cape Town gps: S 33°54”28.42” / E18°25”03.56” t: +27 21 418 38 23 f: +21 21 418 39 52 e:













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The Indaba Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre is a compelling blend of business-like convenience and efficiency with a warm, country atmosphere. It is easily accessible from all major highways and boasts 24 multipurpose conference venues accommodating up to 2,000 delegates. The Indaba has 2 award winning restaurants, and a wellness sanctuary to revive your senses and soothe your soul.

Contact Details Cnr. William Nicol Drive And Pieter Wenning Road, Fourways, Johannesburg t: + 27 11 840 6600 f: + 11 840 6610 e:

Business & Leisure

Ideally located in Dar es salaam Tanzania, the Ledger Plaza Bahari Beach Hotel is a magnificent four star hotel, entirely refurbished and redecorated. Its brand new conference centre can host up to 500 pax. This has allowed the property to host large seminars and meetings for business travellers. The hotel spreads into 96 sea facing cottage style rooms and suites along a white sandy beach with its restaurants, bars and swimming overlooking the ocean making it a perfect setting for relaxing especially for the leisure travellers after or before a safari in mainland Tanzania.

Contact Details Kunduchi Mtongeni Road,off Old Bagamayo Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania t: + 255 (22) 5550301 f: + 255 (22) 2650306 e: www.

Exhibition Centre

Situated in Bulawayo, the Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre (ZIEC) is the largest such facility in the country. The modern, purpose-built and secure 17-hectare venue offers features adaptable to any number of uses, including private functions, sporting events, musical concerts, fashion shows, conferences, seminars as well as short-term warehousing. The flexibility of the exhibition centre allows controlled or general access to any of its sites. The ZIEC’s halls, rooms and open-air sites are available for hire year-round and our team is ready to assist you with more information or your booking.

Contact Details The Marketing Manager Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre Hillside Road, P.O. Famona, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe t: +263 9 884911-6 f: +263 9 884921 e: Facebook: Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company ZITF Twitter: @ZITF1 Google Plus: +Zitf Linked In: ZITF Company


The Heart of Arusha since 1894... Home to those travelling between Cape and Cairo and further afield in these modern times, its lengthy and vivid history stands true today as it did over a hundred years ago. A real focal point since the last century, The Arusha Hotel provides elegant refined accommodation and services cleverly balancing Modern and Classic, Charm and Sophistication. (62 Deluxe Rooms I 20 Executive Rooms, All day Dining restaurant, 2 bars, 1 Coffee bar - Delicatessen, Outdoor Pool, 7/7 equipped gym, Complimentary Wi-Fi...) The extensive tropical gardens give the hotel a calm relaxing feel - a haven of peace in the center of town making it a natural choice for visitors to Arusha for both business or adventure. Arusha Hotel offers Arusha’s finest meeting and conference venues with unrivalled service, elegant business surroundings and a dedicated team of expert coordinators providing a personalized conference care to ensure your event is meticulously planned to be a success.

Contact Details Clocktower Roundabout, Arusha, Tanzania t: +255(0)27 250 7777 f: +255 (0) 27 250 889 e:






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Set in the pristine Southern Karoo Highlands against a backdrop of dramatic mountains, the Aquila Private Game Reserve offers an exciting taste of real Africa just two short hours from Cape Town by road. Aquila is home to an enormous variety of game, including the Big 5 -- elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. Game drives in four-wheel-drive vehicles, quad bikes or on horseback ensure spectacular game viewing experiences. Aquila’s four-star chalets are built largely from rock, thatch and wood to blend with the environment and offer every comfort like roaring log fires, wooden viewing decks, air conditioning, crisp percale linen, rock bathrooms and, in some, alfresco rock showers. A luxurious honeymoon suite is perched on a hill for the ultimate romantic getaway. Aquila also offers ideal facilities for conferences and business meetings and it’s a perfect place for the wedding of a lifetime too.











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The 5-star Kurland Hotel is located near the beautiful beach resorts of Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley on the Garden Route. Kurland is ideal for boutique or large corporate events or film shoots due to its vast 700 hectare Estate boasting incredible natural beauty. There are endless possibilities for truly unique functions – weddings, meetings and conferences in the Polo Pavilion, a marquee on the lawn or multiple locations throughout the Estate for a shoot. Perfect for families – Kurland offers 12 ultra luxurious Suites with unique kid’s lofts, each individually designed plus a tranquil Spa. The award-winning Kurland Restaurant presents an ever-changing menu and is perfect for decadent lunches, romantic dinners or the renowned long, languid Sunday brunches at Katarina’s restaurant, which opens seasonally and offers an extensive bistro-style menu.

Contact Details Kurland Hotel, The Crags, N2, Plettenberg Bay, 6602, South Africa t: +27 44 534 8082 f: +27 44 534 8699 e:











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your partner in the conference and events business What drives us? We provide a platform for strategic direction and sustainable growth in the southern African business events industry.

Who is SAACI? SAACI is the recognised umbrella body of the conference and meetings industry in southern Africa. Since 1987 we have been dedicated to efficiency and professionalism in the industry. SAACI has a national board and four regional branches. Each branch is made up of specialist forums that represent specific industry sectors – Conferences & Events, Destination Marketing, Exhibitions, Services, Technical, Transport and Venues.

Zelda Coetzee, National Chairperson The pillars that guide us The work we do is guided by four key principle pillars – • SAACI community – where we interact with our members and stakeholders • SAACI intelligence – where we gather and publish information that helps our members to grow their businesses • SAACI academy – where we professionalise the industry through certification, education and training • SAACI into Africa – where we expand our network into all South Africa’s provinces and all southern African countries

Contact Details First Floor, East Wing, Longpoint Office Park, Corner Witkoppen Road and Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Sandton t: +27 11 465 0334 f: +27 86 218 6817 e:


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SOUTH AFRICA Paves the Way for Large Conferences in Africa


rowth is the key word for Africa, as both the economic outlook and the population of most African countries continue to climb. Which are two very good reasons why conference organisers should move beyond their comfort zones and invest in some African adventures. Actually, staging a conference in Africa is nowhere near as risky as some foreigners may feel. Despite headline-grabbing images of poverty and war, the truth is far less exciting and far more attractive. Many African nations have built high-quality infrastructures, stable economies and a cadre of extremely professional event organisers to ensure visitors enjoy a truly amazing and well run experience. Chief among the countries geared up to host large conferences are South Africa, Mauritius, Namibia, Botswana, Kenya and Egypt, with South Africa winning the bulk of the business. “South Africa remains a very attractive conference destination, not only because of its sophisticated infrastructure, but also because of the incredible diversity in terms of location and tourist offerings,” says

Zelda Coetzee, National Chairperson of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI). “The country has a solid reputation for hosting seamless international conferences and events and therefore continues to attract them.” That is confirmed by figures from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), which places South Africa 37th in the world in attracting international association conferences. “This year the whole of the South African business events industry stands to benefit from Cape Town‘s status as World Design Capital, as the city and the country will continuously be in the international spotlight,” Zelda adds. Local conferences continue to be the backbone of the industry, however, with hundreds of small and medium sized venues across the country. Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, executive manager of South Africa’s National Convention Bureau, recently reported that South Africa hosted 106 international association meetings in 2012 and has a goal of hosting 130 association events a year by 2020. “We set a target for growth

at 5.6% but we’re now at 12%. The good news is that we have world-class meetings infrastructures and an industry that’s working like a well-oiled machine.” Already 88 international meetings have been booked between 2013 and 2017, generating an estimated economic impact of R2.6 billion over five years. So it’s no surprise that Africa’s conference venues are making fresh investments to increase their capacity and hone their services, to create a self-fulfilling circle of bookings, impressed delegates and more bookings. Yet the enormous potential remains largely untapped. Africa’s investment in infrastructure is inadequate to benefit meaningfully from the pent-up demand, says David Scowsill, CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). “Outside of the Nairobi and Johannesburg hubs, Africa doesn’t really have the infrastructure to support the growth that is coming their way,” he says. With the WTTC forecasting annual growth of 3% for travel and tourism to $6.8-trillion, African governments and eventing professionals have plenty to aim for.


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EXSA was formed in 1980 as the association body for the exhibitions industry, and is made up of suppliers, organisers and venues. Today EXSA has 148 members nationally. The founding objective of EXSA is to sustain and protect the interests of EXSA members as well as exhibitors and exhibition visitors. Strict codes of ethics and conduct have been set for all members of the Association. Additional key objectives of the Association are to increase the significance of exhibitions and events within the communications milieu; to satisfy the needs of an increasing number of visitors; and to promote and grow the exhibition and event industry in Southern Africa. The EXSA office is run by its General Manager, Sue Gannon. There is a Board comprising 14 EXSA members who change on an annual basis. EXSA are members of international bodies UFI; IAEE; AEO; and ESSA, as well as the South African Event Greening Forum.

Contact Details Ground Floor, Gallagher House, Gallagher Convention Centre , Richards Drive, Midrand, South Africa t: +27 11 805 7272 F: +27 11 805 7273 e:


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Needs to Hone its Exhibitions Industry taging a successful exhibition takes a great deal of organisation. A crucial part is finding a suitable venue, which is becoming noticeably easier in South Africa and further north as massive infrastructure investments help Africa to create a more professional exhibition landscape. Another key factor is attracting the right audience, and Africa’s growing middle class is creating a core of aspirational consumers. It is also creating a qualified professional audience for more focused trade shows aimed at niche industries. South Africa alone has more than 1,000 conference and exhibition venues, ranging from bush hideaways to hi-tech convention centres, with enticing after-hours attractions like wildlife safaris. A skim through the calendar shows how many international as well as local exhibitions these venues have successfully bid for in 2014, with everything from wedding and baby expos, ever-popular food and drink shows, tourism, a slew of information technology shows and industry specific events such as the Africa Ports and Harbours show. “Africa is emerging rapidly as a destination of choice when it comes to hosting meetings, with many global associations looking to include Africa in their rotation patterns,” says Shinu Pillai of Reed Travel Exhibitions.

Despite the global slump, South Africa’s exhibitions industry remains resilient, agrees Mati Nyazema, executive director of Sandton Convention Centre. But Africa needs to hone its offerings to become a serious platform for international events, she warns. That demands a long-term view, since competing for international business demands heavy up-front investment in infrastructure, plus hard work, persistence and networking. “Our industry has not matured enough to realise what it takes to play on the international stage effectively,” Mati says. “South Africa still needs to up its game. In the rest of Africa some destinations are on board, like Tanzania and Kenya, but generally the rest of Africa is still lagging behind. You have to invest for several years before you see any returns.” Some people still argue that exhibitions are a waste of time and money. That may be true if the exhibitors outnumber the visitors because you have misjudged the market or chose a venue that people won’t visit. But done properly, exhibitions are a valuable way of reaching new customers, finding more products and making vital business contacts. EXSA, the Exhibition and Event Association of Southern Africa, believes exhibitions should be a key factor in the marketing strategy of all businesses. They can reach thousands of buyers simultaneously, making them a perfect platform to launch

Africa is emerging rapidly as a destination of choice when it comes to hosting meetings, with many global associations looking to include Africa in their rotation patterns.

a new product, showcase an established brand, meet new contacts and analyse your competitors. “Exhibitions coupled with a strong PR campaign and good literature can bring in more direct business than any other marketing channel,” EXSA says. David Dodgeon from DMC Green Route, who will attend IBTM Africa in Cape Town in April, says Africa is a perfect destination for several reasons, offering a huge contrast in terms of culture and history and being well situated for flight routes and global access.

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INCENTIVE TRAVEL Africa Steps Up Its Game


f you want to reward your staff, your customers or your business partners, there’s no better way of showing your appreciation than by spoiling them with a holiday. A week in hip and happening Cape Town, time on the beach in Zanzibar, or perhaps a Kruger or Serengeti safari. It’s a far more memorable reward than money, and despite the economic slump, incentive travel is still a key component of the travel trade. The great news for Africa is that we have sights and experiences that jaded European, American and Asia travellers won’t find anywhere else. All we have to do is market those offerings effectively. Obviously that’s not easy in an industry where everybody is trying to woo incentive travel organisers, but Africa has plenty going for it. Firstly is the novelty of the experience, since the majority of the world’s travelling classes still haven’t even set foot on this massive continent. But they have to trust that the experience will go well, and that means travel organisers, venues, logistics services

and the attractions themselves must deliver. Travelers will expect things to be different and more exotic in Africa, but they won’t forgive incompetence or discomfort. Fortunately the standards in many African countries are on the rise, with top class hotel chains operating alongside boutique hotels and lodges that offer an exquisite personal touch. At the 2013 IMEX America conference, Jenn Lim, the CEO of Delivering Happiness, said the big trends in our working lives are ‘work/ life balance’ and ‘workplace spirituality’. A growing number of organisations recognise that employee loyalty and motivation hinges on a convergence of personal values with corporate ones, and that a happy worker is a productive worker. Jenn expects more organisations to embrace happiness as a means to growth in 2014, which could fuel more incentive travel to keep employees sweet. At the Site Global Conference in Orlando in 2013 more than 400 incentive travel professionals from 40 countries celebrated “the world of motivational experiences.”

David Sand, the first African to serve as its global president, believes it is crucial to highlight Africa as an incentive destination, and not only South Africa, which already gets the bulk of the attention. Other countries are belatedly realising the value of this market, and boosting their tourism facilities and hospitality standards to win a share. Locally, the South African chapter of SITE has launched a new training scheme for youngsters keen to enter the industry, which includes work experience at incentive companies, transport companies, adventure companies and hotels. Such efforts are crucial, because although our natural attractions are enticing, the services and hospitality the travellers receive are what will clinch the deal. It’s also worth noting the rise of China as a major force in the MICE market, with China becoming a top buyer for many MICE industry suppliers. That’s a good indication of where your marketing money could be channeled this year.


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Grosvenor Conferences is a dynamic conference and event management company owned by Cullinan Holdings Limited. We offer a full range of project management and destination management services to association and corporate clients who host conferences and events in Southern Africa. Our head office is based in Cape Town with branch offices in Johannesburg, Durban and Windhoek (Namibia). Our extensive experience and professional approach speaks for itself.

Abstract management Administration and financial management Airport Meet & Greet Bid support Companion and kids program Day tours during conference Décor, design and styling Delegate boosting activations Exhibition management Housing management Marketing and promotions Overland Pre and Post Tours Project management Registration management Social event management Speaker management Sponsorship management Transport management Venue sourcing and management Website and social media

Contact Details PO Box 819, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa 179 Albert Road, Woodstock, 7925 t: +27 21 460 4888 f: +27 21 447 9311


Conference/Exhibition Management

Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery offers South Africa’s largest portfolio of exhibitions servicing business to business sectors of the Southern African economy. Backed by over 42 years of experience, Specialised Exhibitions is a member of the prestigious Montgomery Group and is recognised locally and internationally as an organiser of innovative, inspiring and highly effective exhibitions that meet the needs of the industries it serves. Some of the prestigious brands featured in the Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery’s portfolio include InterBuild Africa, Electra Mining Africa, Hostex, Propak Africa, Ifsec, Markex, KZN Industrial Technology Solutions and Grand Designs Live.

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Tanzania Shades of Green Congresses & Safaris Ltd is one of the DMC core PCO companies based. Our mission is to cover the fastest growing and competitive East African destination and meet the demanding needs of the Travel, MICE, and Events industry world in a wide range of applications. In forming an end-to-end solution, Shades of Green Safaris employs a simple approach to ensure the needs and expectations of our customers are exceeded by: • Dedicated and personalized support team. • Thoroughly understanding customers’ needs, culture and goals. • Tailoring a package that suits our customers • Realizing efficiencies and achieving savings. • Providing ongoing clients reporting and recommendations for implementing travel strategy. • Efficient payment solutions • Offering emergency contacts to assist with customers’ safety • Providing a 24/7 global service.

Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company (ZITF), the country’s leading organiser of local and international professional exhibitions and events, promotes trade and investment through innovation and value-addition. 55 years of operation in the industry have challenged the company on not just having an impeccable record of delighting customers by delivering seamless service, but also on providing expert knowledge enhanced by experience and operational resources. We would welcome an opportunity to discuss a package to suit your specific meeting, conference or exhibition needs.

Contact Details 33 Hoofd Street,Braam Park, Forum 3, Level 3,Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa t: +27 11 835 1565 f: +27 11 496 1161 e:

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Contact Details The Marketing Manager Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre Hillside Road, P.O. Famona, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe t: +263 9 884911-6 f: +263 9 884921 e: Facebook: Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company ZITF Twitter: @ZITF1 Google Plus: +Zitf Linked In: ZITF Company


Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) & Exhibition Managers Africast Exhibition Management is Zambia’s highly rated Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) & Exhibition Manager. Our core business is Industry focused Exhibitions & Conferences. We believe Industry focused exhibitions are an effective means of business development due to the high return on investment, not only in terms of tangible business dollars but also intangible benefits such as increased profile and superior networking capabilities. All our exhibitions and conferences are annual events and will always be hosted in conjunction with the related government ministry, regulators and industry stakeholders. Each year inevitably, we work with other international and regional PCO’s to bring to Zambia exhibitions and conferences of international standards. We are at the centre of MICE sector development in Zambia. As a fast growing company, we are driven by the passion of providing satisfaction to the client through a second to none service delivery. Promising to exceed our clients’ expectations, we deliver a professional service unbeatable, creating both a name and a brand called AFRICAST in all circles of our business.

Event Highlight Inviting tourism exhibitors, buyers & visitors 25 - 27 April 2014 Lusaka - Zambia

Contact Details 25 Sable Rd, Suite No. 5, Kabulonga Postnet Box562, Private Bag e891, Manda Hill Lusaka, Zambia t: +26 021 126 7295/6/9 m: +260955/0977 159945 e:


Professional Safaris in Rwanda, Uganda, East Africa Region. Owned and operated by local African experts, Around Africa Safaris is committed to providing excellent customer service and a comprehensive spectrum of services ranging from convenient airport executive pickups, standard or customized safari packages, memorable gorilla trekking or chimpanzee watching experiences, bird-watching excursions, white water rafting adventures and many other locally based unique nature and culturebased experiences. You can also rely on us for honeymoons, mountain hiking, eco tours and car rental services. Our local insider knowledge is combined with a commitment to international standards in terms of safety, accommodations, services and comfort. With our belief in corporate social responsibility, we are also active in advancing and giving back to the local communities. Learn more about why we are a leader in Uganda and Rwanda-based travel experiences.

Contact Details PLOT 273, Deo Lane off Kyeyagalire Road, Zaana Makindye Division, Kampala State 00256, Uganda t: +256 414 693 576 m: +256 782 937 804, 773 599 507 e:







You’re Invited to Experience our Big 5 Join our Award-winning management team on site inspections of highly desirable and motivational destinations, whether it’s to see our Big 5 here in Southern Africa, or to visit unique places on any of the Big 5 continents. Experience a choice of exotic hotels, resorts, lodges and exciting activities first hand. No matter where your groups travel to, we’ll surprise and delight them with uniquely tailored trips that will leave them with indelible memories and ready to out-perform their colleagues to be on the next trip! Many top international and South African companies know they need a dedicated, focused, cost-effective, IATA- licensed, BEE-accredited incentive travel company with enthusiastic and highly experienced personnel to handle their special customers and staff alike. We’ll show you how to maximise your budget to gain more value than ever before out of every conference and incentive trip. We design and manage, fun, affordable, fabulous incentives, conferences and events... Worldwide!

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Melau Tours and Safaris is a leading tour company located in Arusha, at the heart of the northern tourist circuit of Tanzania. We have modern tourist facilities and a solid management team incredibly focused on offering quality safari trips at competitive prices as well as a variety of services to our esteemed clients. Our team of travel professionals all have a passion and enthusiasm for wildlife and Africa and strive to make each of our travelers trips a once in a life time experience. Providing services such as Mountain trekking, Beach Holiday, Safaris, voluntourism and incentive travel. Melau Tours offers safari trips of all kinds for all types of travelers throughout Tanzania. Whether you are a first timer or seasoned traveler, Tanzania is an ideal safari destination with all types of trips. Our unique concepts include creative itineraries, imaginative venues, adventure & nature activities, sports & games, team building, natural attractions, opportunities to experience shopping at local markets, hiking and mountaineering and many more.

Contact Details 1st Floor, DTB Building. City Branch. Arusha, Tanzania t: +255 27 254 6246 f: +255 272 254 8556 e:


ProsperIS offers advanced solutions that make your event more interactive and dynamic, as well as creating additional revenue streams for event organisers and venues. Our products and services connect delegates to each other and to your event. Whether you are planning  a major Conference, meeting or training session, we can provide advanced IT solutions - leaving clients confident, assured and allowing them to focus on their core functions. As the exclusive Information Technology Service Provider to the Cape Town International Convention Centre, we were proud to be part of the implementation  of their state of the art IT infrastructure which boasts a fibre-optic backbone running at a speed of 10Gb/s; 2,500 data (CAt5e) outlets running at 100Mb/s; layer 4 core switches and fully customisable Wi-fi throughout the venue.  We have a solid track record in the industry and have serviced expansive events such as The World Economic Forum (WEF), Gartner IT-Expo (2003 2013), Govtech 2013, G20 summit, World Conference of Anaesthesiologists (WCA - 8000 delegates), International Diabetes Federation (12500 delegates), to name a few. We continue to raise the bar with regards to standards and service levels, and proud members of SAACI, EXSA and the Institute of Information Technology Professionals.


Contact Details Unit A13, Edgemead Business Park , Southdale Road, Edgemead, Cape Town t: +27 861 782 266 f: +27 865 037 003 e:


Event Engineering

CLA Event Engineering … giving creative and bespoke ideas down to the finest detail For platinum standard events CLA Event Engineering brings 15 years of experience and expertise to all types of event planning, from large-scale conferencing to top awards evenings. Our tailor-made 360° service offering, includes all aspects of event planning, we oversee each project in its entirety. We take the success of your event personally, ensuring that every aspect is flawlessly planned and executed. Our aim is to consistently raise the bar, setting new standards in brand building and achieving the best for our valued clients. Our success lies in delivering exceptional quality, while simultaneously ensuring the best possible brand communication.

Contact Details t: +27 11 699 8900 m: +27 82 385 4444 e:

Specialised Supplies

Sensation Lab is an exciting and innovative supplier of temporary infrastructure to event creators. Operational since 2006, we have the knowledge, expertise and experience to ensure that all your event needs are realised. With our focus on unparalleled quality and service, we ensure a client-centric approach is taken with all projects and pride ourselves on the effective delivery of our client’s needs. Not only do we offer rental tents, flooring and unique branded elements, but we also manufacture, offering clients a greater selection of product ranges and services.

Contact Details 201 Side Road, Lyndhurst Johannesburg t: +27 11 023-5940/45 f: +27 86 514 0113 e:

Technical Solutions

TechRig - South Africa’s foremost technical solutions agency delivers the highest level of expertise and state-ofthe-art equipment. TechRig offers a broad spectrum of solutions for the professional AV market no matter the size, scale, vision, budget or venue. TechRig implements the latest international developments in technology with a range of top quality gear that is constantly updated. TechRig is the sole technical agency in Africa to own the biggest, brightest projectors in the world, HDF-W26 and HDQ-2K40. TechRig understands the need for trust and well executed productions - we provide world-class implementation for event companies, production houses, marketing agencies and corporate clients.

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Branded promotional and advertising gifts are the perfect way to target new customers, increase employee relationships, boost brand awareness and ensure that your marketing and Cape Town based entrepreneur running

advertising strategy, have the maximum effect, with bottom line result.

Public Relations • Events Management • Marketing - Over 12 years in business The Secret to our success? -Creativity, market knowledge and strategic counsel We are a Level 3 BEE contributor

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Event Management

Exhibition Management

Exhibition & Project Management

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Sugo Projects specialises in design and project management within the exhibition, shopfitting, office interior and display arenas. From concept of brief to manufacture and installation, we carry out detailed, quality projects within client timeline and budget parameters.

your own operation? Lets have coffee and discuss your business. Where you are. Where to next. No obligation.

Africast Exhibition Management invite exhibitors, buyers (hosted), travel professionals and visitors to the 7th Zambia International Travel Expo (ZITE) & Carnival 2014 in Lusaka Grosvenor Conferences is a dynamic event management company owned by Cullinan Holdings Limited. We offer a full range of services to association and corporate clients in Southern Africa, with extensive experience and a professional approach.

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• Exhibitions • Shopfitting • Events

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Incentive Travel

Travel is proven to be the best motivational tool you have in your business mix. We design & manage fun, affordable, fabulous incentives, conferences & events – worldwide!

Incentive Travel

Professional service for your personalized safaris in Southern Africa. We organize your holidays, incentives, team building events or special interest safaris in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and/or South Africa.

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Apply Today... Transact Tomorrow Rent one of our credit card terminals for the duration of your exhibition or enquire about our full time packages.

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Tours & Safaris

The Mowana Spa is a sanctuary for all who step through its doors, offering wellness journeys based on Tribal Massage. Its signature product range harnesses the natural moisturising properties of the Baobab Kernel.

Looking for an incentive trip to Tanzania? We invite you on an unforgettable traveling experience to a unique area of the world characterized by magnificent natural beauty and unrivaled cultural diversity.

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Enjoy the beauty of Eastern Africa’s wildlife. Gorilla trekking, bird watching, and other activities are available. Plot 273, Deo Lane off Kyeyagalire Road Zaana Makindye Division Kampala State, Uganda t: +256 414 693 567 +256 773 599 507 e:






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Convention Bureau

+27 21 487 8600

Cape Town International Convention Centre


+27 21 410 5000

Champagne Sports Resort


+27 36 468 8000

CLA Event Engineering

Event Engineering

+27 11 699 8900

Collisheen Estate


+27 32 815 1107


Exhibition Vendors

+27 860 (HIRE IT) 44 73 48



+27 860 (HIRE IT) 44 73 48

Corporate Conference Gifting

Corporate Retail, Tourism, Gifts +27 11 892 5966 & Promotions

Crossroads Hotel


+265 1 750 333/444

Draftfcb South Africa


+27 11 566 6470

Durban International Convention Centre


+27 31 360 1000

Event Affairs

Event Management

+27 21 671 4994






Event Greening Forum


+27 74 369 6369

Event Organisation

Event Management

+27 11 807 8404

Expo Centre Johannesburg


+27 11 494 1920

ExpoScans Electronic Sales Lead Service

Conference Services

+27 84 682 6253



+27 11 805 7272

First Impressions

Décor & Design

+27 89 680 0729

Folio Translation Consultants

Language Service Providers

+27 21 426 2727

Gauteng Convention Bureau

Convention Bureau

+27 11 085 2500

Gearhouse ICS

Conference Services

+27 861 329 469

Gearhouse South Africa

Audiovisual services

+27 11 216 3000

Gearhouse South Africa

Lighting, Sound & Staging

+27 11 216 3000

Gearhouse South Africa


+27 11 216 3000

Gearhouse South Africa

Technical Equipment Suppliers +27 11 216 3000

Glasshouse Communication Management

Event Management & Co-ordination

+27 11 646 9992


Event Management

+27 21 460 4888

Hayward’s Grand Safari Tented Company


+27 82 606 1003

Henry Taylor Gallery

Artist Agencies

+27 11 705 3194


Conference & Event Management

+27 21 674 0013

Indaba Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre


+27 11 840 6600

Indaba Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre

Day Spa, Accommodation & Conferencing

+27 11 840 6600

INHOUSE Venue Technical Management

Audiovisual Services

+27 86 123 7890

INHOUSE Venue Technical Management

Conference Services

+27 86 123 7890

INHOUSE Venue Technical Management

Technical Equipment Suppliers +27 86 123 7890

Intercape Ferreira Mainliner

Touring & Transport

+27 21 380 4400

Johannesburg Convention Bureau

Convention Bureau

+27 11 2140700

Kathy English Brower Consulting


+27 82 453 6055






Kurland Hotel


+27 44 534 8082

Leading Incentives

Incentive Travel

+27 11 022 9264

Ledger Plaza Bahari Beach

Business & Leisure

+ 255 22 555 0301


Outdoor Display/Large format screens

+27 11 216 3111


Corporate Retail, Gifts, Tourism +27 21 507 4200 & Promotions

Media Chef


+27 12 346 5252

Melau Tours

Tours & Safaris

+255 27 254 6246

Mowana Spa

Spa & Wellness

+27 86 166 9262

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

Conference Services

+27 41 582 2575

NS Interactive

Event Organizers

+27 82 572 3688

On Show Solutions

Event Organizers

+27 11 431 4126

On Show Solutions

Exhibition Organizers

+27 11 431 4126

Pepper Club Hotel & Spa

Accommodation, Spa & Wellness

+27 21 812 8888

Pool Poncho

Corporate Gifts

+27 83 556 6681

Prosperis Technology

Technical Solutions

+27 86 178 2266

Rainbow Experiential Marketing


+27 21 434 6609



+27 11 465 0334


Convention Bureau

+27 11 895 3000

Sandton Convention Centre


+ 27 11 779 0000


Stand Builders

+27 21 409 1200

Sensation Lab

Specialized Supplies

+27 11 023-5940/45

Sets, Drapes, Screens

Set Construction/Installation

+27 11 216 3000

Shades of Green Safaris

DMC core PCO

+ 255 27 205 0081


Advertising Agency

+27 11 888 5000


Audiovisual Agencies

+27 11 888 5000


DĂŠcor, Design, Signage, Set Design

+27 11 888 5000


Event Coordinators

+27 11 888 5000


Event Management

+27 11 888 5000







Event Organizers

+27 11 888 5000


Event Planners

+27 11 888 5000


Staging Equipment/Stand Building

+27 11 888 5000


Incentive Travel Operators

+27 11 888 5000


Lighting, Sound & Staging

+27 11 888 5000



+27 11 888 5000



+27 11 888 5000


Incentive Travel

+263 4 861 286

Sugo Projects

Exhibition & Project Management

+27 11 463 1767


Technical Solutions

+27 860 832 4744

Temporary Hospitality Agency

Staffing Agents

+27 12 753 0122

The Arusha Hotel


+255 27 250 7777

The Workforce Group

Staffing Agents

+27 31 714 2800

Translators and Enterpreters Networks of Southern Africa

Conference Interpreters and Translators

+27 11 485 2511

Two Oceans Aquarium


+27 21 418 3823

Wappoint & Mobilecash

Mobile Credit Card Facilities

+27 86 121 0121

Wild Events and Tourism

Event Management and Tourism

+27 82 839 0907

Xceptional Tourism Services

Incentive Travel Operators

+264 81124 7869

Xceptional Tourism Services

Touring, Transport & Travel Agency

+264 81124 7869

Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company

Exhibition Centre

+263 9 884 911

Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company


+263 9 88 4911-6

Zulu Nyala Country Manor


+27 11 702 9300

Zulu Nyala Country Manor

Conference Services

+27 11 702 9300


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Event Planners Guide to Africa (Epg) 2014  

The Event Planner’s Guide 2014 is a comprehensive publication that every event planner should have. It includes some of Africa’s most iconic...

Event Planners Guide to Africa (Epg) 2014  

The Event Planner’s Guide 2014 is a comprehensive publication that every event planner should have. It includes some of Africa’s most iconic...