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Monday, December 10, 2018 - 16:31
Following a successful 2018, Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and Awards (ATLF) held in Accra, Ghana at the end of August, Africa Tourism Partners will host its Africa Travel and Tourism Marketing Master Class and Business/MICE Travel Connection in Johannesburg from 28 to 29, January and on 22 February 2019 respectively.

These programmes aim to chart the course for implementing one of the key action points that emanated from the first-ever Africa Travel and Tourism CEOs’ Dialogue on intra-Africa travel, held on the margins of ATLF 2018. The content of these forthcoming sessions have been designed and structured to provide Africa’s travel and tourism sector new possibilities to build capacity, share insights and attract new businesses from sister countries, thereby advancing the course of growing intra-Africa travel.

Each programme will be a blend of Africa Travel and Tourism Marketing Master Class, business-to-business meetings and networking sessions. With these initiatives, Africa Tourism Partners hope to bring together managers of travel and tourism products, destinations, hotels, Conference Centres, Travel Management Companies (TMC), Destination Management Companies (DMCs), Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs), African buyers and sellers from across the continent.

Participants will gain useful knowledge about Africa travel market segments that would help them steer their organisations and businesses to greater heights.  “We will share knowledge on doing travel and tourism business and opportunities in Africa, and how to harness these in the most cost-effective way.” Says Kwakye Donkor, CEO of Africa Tourism Partners. “While previously intra-Africa travel facilities and products have catered for high-end business and leisure travellers, there is now more room for destinations, facilities, products, buyers and suppliers to cater for the middle to lower end of the corporate and leisure travel market. This is due to growth in branded hotel developments, low-cost carrier, technological advancement, growing middle-class and more segmented offerings.” He explains.

Both initiatives will be delivered by Africa Travel and Tourism professionals, experts and practitioners including Senior TCM Executives, Leading DMC Professionals, Chief of Convention Bureau Officers, Chief Marketing Officers, Key Accounts Directors and more. The opportunities lie in learning as well as exploring new prospects in the current global disruptive and competitive tourism environment. These will be augmented by business-to-business to meetings and product/facility showcase sessions.

To register to attend and/or for sponsorship/partnership opportunities, please contact Ms Nozipho Dlamini  at nozipho@africatourismpartners.com and +27 79 553 9413/+27 11 032 0337

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Monday, December 10, 2018 - 16:14
The iconic theatre in Maynardville Park, Wynberg, is once again the location of a packed season of classics under the stars. From 17 January till 10 March, the programme includes Cape Town Philharmonic’s Famously Incidental, followed by Cape Town City Ballet’s lively Swingtime in the Park.

There will be comedy from Cape Town Comedy Club with Jesters in the Park; a line-up of top comedy hosted Rob van Vuuren. This year’s Shakespeare is Richard III, Alan Committie plays the lead and Geoffrey Hyland directs. There are also a series of Sunday night concerts throughout the season, including Derek Gripper, Graham Weier and an evening of gospel choir.

The Maynardville tradition typically includes packing a picnic to enjoy in the park before the show. There is a bar and coffee shop at the venue.

Booking is now open on Computicket or via Artscape-dial-a-seat 021 421 7695, where you can also buy a season ticket. Early bird and group discounts make for great deals.

The Festival is produced and presented by Maynardville Open-Air Theatre Trust and LiquidMatch Productions and is supported by Artscape and Diemersfontein Wines.

Visit Maynardville’s website for more information about the Maynardville Open Air Festival.

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Friday, December 7, 2018 - 11:41
The annual American Express Barrel Auction is an opportunity for serious oenophiles to taste, bid and potentially own exclusive yet-to-be-released vintages, as well as rare and sought-after lots and one-of-a-kind wines from the cellars of some of South Africa’s top winemakers.

The event, which traditionally takes place the day prior to the Cape Wine Auction, will be held at the magnificent Norval Foundation on Friday, March 1, 2019.

Located in the Steenberg area of Cape Town, adjacent to Table Mountain National Park, the Norval Foundation is a centre for art and cultural expression dedicated to the research and exhibition of 20th and 21st-century visual art from South Africa and beyond.

Says Cape Wine Auction event organiser Darielle Robertson: “Norval Foundation is going to be a fantastic venue for the American Express Barrel Auction as it is contemporary and very stylish and offers visitors a multisensory experience, combining the appreciation of art and nature.

“Guests attending the evening event are going to be blown away by the stunning location, world-class art exhibitions, gorgeous gardens and beautiful interiors while enjoying award-winning wines and superb food.”

Norval Foundation Chief Curator Owen Martin explains more:

“Norval Foundation is a dynamic platform for the research and exhibition of modern and contemporary art, featuring nine galleries, a sculpture garden, museum shop and the Skotnes restaurant. We’re committed to exhibiting art from the 20th and 21st centuries from South Africa and beyond, enabling us to contribute to a broader understanding of South African visual history while exhibiting some the most important artists of our time. At the heart of Norval Foundation is a commitment to increasing access to art and art education. We have a vibrant children’s programme, which is complemented by our children’s activity room and children’s area in the sculpture garden. In order to guarantee wider access to the arts, we provide free admission to the museum every Monday, and children under 18 are always offered free admission.”

To those who are familiar with the art world, Norval Foundation is intended to be a world-class museum experience that is on par with our international peers. However – for those who are not already regular museum visitors – they also offer a welcoming and accommodating experience that everyone can enjoy. Daily, free guided tours by the curatorial team facilitate access to exhibitions. The Skotnes restaurant, named after one of South Africa’s most prominent artists, serves South African classics re-enlivened with gastronomic flair. It’s also an ideal platform to view the sculpture garden. In addition, guests can picnic in the sculpture garden, with hampers being ordered in advance and picked up from the restaurant. The well-stocked research library is an ideal place to read or study.

Says Martin: “We change exhibitions every three to six months, depending on the size and type and because our commitment is to South Africa, there will always be a large contingent of South African artists on display. However, we are equally part of a global conversation and can learn and be enriched by other cultures. As a result, our programming includes both South African and international artists,” he explains.

“One very exciting exhibition in store for 2019, is Yinka Shonibare’s Wind Sculpture SG III – the first of its kind in Africa – which will be located in the sculpture garden from February 2019 and features a wax batik pattern covering the undulating form of the object, suggesting movement while bringing up issues like trade, migration and globalisation.”

South Africa’s premier wine event, the Cape Wine Auction takes place on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the beautiful Buitenverwachting estate in Constantia, Cape Town, with the 2019 American Express Barrel Auction kicking off proceedings on the previous evening on Friday, March 1 at the spectacular Norval Foundation.

The Cape Wine Auction – sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth – has become the wine event of the year and is an exhilarating global showcase of South Africa’s finest wines and a chance to bid for experiences that money can’t ordinarily buy! All for a great cause.

The 2018 auction raised more than R17 million for education in the Cape Winelands.

A ticket for both the American Express Barrel Auction and the Cape Wine Auction costs R7 500 a person or R2 500 a person for the Barrel Auction evening only and can be purchased via  http://www.thecapewineauction.com.

For more on the American Express Barrel Auction and the Cape Wine Auction visit: http://www.thecapewineauction.com. For more on Norval Foundation visit: http://www.norvalfoundation.org/

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Friday, December 7, 2018 - 11:37
Innovative, accessible, multi-functional, modular: the new exhibition and convention centre of Toulouse is worthy of a name that matches the quality of its facilities.

The Toulouse Métropole Development Agency and Toulouse Evénements (GL events Group) have taken advantage of the key get-together that is the IBTM1 World Show in order to announce the name and the official launch of this exceptional site to the international business travel community.

A UNIQUE SITE AND A RANGE OF WORLD-CLASS SERVICES
Due to be opened in June 2020, and with buildings works already well-advanced, it is now able to fully present the major highlights of this mixed-use venue that is unique in Europe, because it has both an Exhibition Park and a Convention Centre on the same place. Boasting state-of-the-art facilities and an architecture that is resolutely modern, designed by Rem Koolhas (OMA), the Exhibition and Convention Centre will have the capacity to adapt to events of any scale, including the most ambitious, thanks to the following features :

• The Exhibition Park is a continuous hall of 40 000 sqm which can divided in 7 halls, complete with two
Mezzanines and a covered central and main street of 14 000 sqm, which provides a link to the
convention centre.
• A convention centre of 15,000 sqm capable of accommodating up to 3,400 people for plenary
sessions, which is made up of a 9,000 sqm multi-use space and 12 modular meeting rooms.
• 25,000 sqm of outdoor exhibition space that will be able to host demonstrations, large-scale
installations, entertainments or events in the open air.
• An on-site hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn, offering a capacity of 289 rooms, which will round off a global
hotel offer in Toulouse that can accommodate more than 42,000 people spread across its hotels,
aparthotels and online rentals.
• Optimum access: 5,000 parking spaces indoors and outdoors; a tramway stop on site that provides
access to Toulouse Blagnac Airport (No.1 business airport in France) in just 15 minutes and a direct
connection to the city centre in 40 minutes.

TOULOUSE: A KEY DESTINATION FOR ORGANISERS OF CONGRESSES AND CONVENTIONS
The bustling epicentre of the Occitanie region, Toulouse, the European City of Science in 2018, is a dynamic and attractive international city with a legendary quality of life. The global capital of aeronautics and the Space industry, a leader in France for R&D, a well-renowned science hub, for a number of years now it has featured on the list of key destinations offering excellence when it comes to hosting scientific congresses. Evidence of this can be found in its ranking as the 4th city in France according to the ICCA 2 classification even before this new major facility arrives.

The Metropolis of Toulouse and all its partners (Occitanie Region, the Haute-Garonne Department, Tisséo), alongside their delegate body Toulouse Evénements/GL events, are working together to launch the new exhibition and convention centre onto the market, showcasing of the economic dynamism of this area.

The Convention Bureau of the Development Agency, whose specific missions are to facilitate, support and accompany the establishment of events here, also allows project leaders to benefit from an expert with regards to their requirements and a comprehensive range of associated skills and services.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 17:15
Jane Cunningham, Director of International Associations at BestCities, breaks down this year’s winning associations, trends, and the key to success for Incredible Impacts 2019:

What are the key factors judges look for in a winning Incredible Impacts submission?

We had 19 fantastic Incredible Impacts submissions this year, and in each submission, there are six key areas that we analyse. These are the objectives, a clear description of the programming event, a spark of creativity, evidence of tangible success, testimonials and how the funds advance or enhance the programme.

While each of the submissions tells this story, the three winners ticked those boxes in a major way. What really stood out in the three winning associations was their absolute commitment and collaboration between the international association, the national society or the organising committee, but also other organisations working towards the mission. That collaboration and union is really noticeable in our winners and it made them stand out.

Were there any particular trends from the associations this year?

There was a real variety in submissions which has been fantastic, from sector to location on the map, and there were a few trends we observed.

It was great to see even more diversity in this year’s submissions. Often when we think about making an ‘impact,’ we think about health and medical impacts in the destination, how we’re making an impact on people’s health and livelihoods. However, really there are countless ways to make an incredible impact. For example, we had everything from the International Association of Science Parks, to tourist guides, environmental education, family therapy – a real variety. It’s really exciting to see these organisations realising the real impact they have in their industry through meetings and conferences.

It would be wonderful to see even more diverse submissions in the future, and convention bureaus can play a huge part in that by encouraging associations to submit an application next year.

Another trend that we noticed was that in 6 of the 19 submissions, there was a strong message of sustainable development – including winning association, the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). I’d be interested to know if the societies are reporting to the UN on how their meetings have an impact on the UN’s goals, or if they simply use these as guidelines.

Finally, youth involvement was a trend that we observed with several of the submissions, this was really interesting to us as it appears that by speaking to children about specific topics, it helps encourage them to consider that path when they come to study. There is a higher chance therefore that they will be connected to the association as they progress.

What made the three winners stand out to you?

Each winner showcased absolutely incredible impacts in their respective industries and in the meetings industry as a whole.

When you look at the SER, their raison d’etre is to restore the ecosystems and the environments around the world – it’s so wonderful to see a programme like this where people are getting involved to make a tangible difference in the world. They demonstrated collaborative involvement with the world bank and the ecological investment fund, and we’re glad to see that they’ll be carrying this forward to one of BestCities destinations, Cape Town, next year.

With Down Syndrome International (DSI), the Commissioner programme – which trained  11 people with Down Syndrome and put them at the core of the Congress throughout the whole process, and trained over 300 delegate facing employees in Glasgow – was really inspiring. It obviously left a lasting impact as the training programme has been developed and inserted into the new recruit induction at the Science Centre in Glasgow. With Union of International Cancer Control (UICC), their summit is what Dr Cary Adams described as  a ‘game changer’ through their powerful collaboration with three enormous UN agencies it can change cancer care in the community for the better.

So many great stories from three very diverse organisations but it’s easy to see the massive impact of all three – different but all very powerful all the same.

What do the winning associations plan to do with their grants?

UICC are putting their funds towards further advancing the treatment for the cancer programmes taking place in Mexico, which is so fantastic. The conference has left a legacy there which has resulted in a change that will better people’s lives in the country.

The DSI plan has given the funds to Down Syndrome Scotland, so that through their commissioners, they can help build on the impact that can be created during the Congress in Dubai in 2020, a BestCities destination, with the Emirates Down Syndrome Association.

SER, with next year’s conference being in Cape Town, another BestCities destination, they very much want to use this as capacity building opportunity, enabling them to pass the knowledge gathered so far onto delegates in Africa,  and raising the awareness of the importance of ecological restoration.

What would you like to see more of next year?

We want more submissions. The more stories we have, the more associations and destinations can learn from how we can work together to create positive change. It doesn’t matter what field they might be in, we can all learn something from other associations and practises on how to create an impact. It’s a very open and inclusive award, so there’s no reason why countries from all over the world shouldn’t be sharing stories and encouraging associations to put them forward for the award. It doesn’t matter the size of the association, because the impact doesn’t have to be huge – it can be little things that make a difference.

Why is it important for associations to strive towards making incredible impacts?

We, in the meetings industry, often talk about how important association conferences and meetings are from an economic impact standpoint.  Bringing in thousands of people is fantastic for the city. It helps with job creation, spending and building the industry. We have proven testimonials of the economic difference of conferences coming to BestCities destinations.

However, it is also a game changer in destinations when we see the societal impact as a result of the conference taking place.  It encourages knowledge and culture transfer in fascinating ways. For example, when we can actually see the policy changed in the destination as a result, children are educated in a different way or it gets the community engaged and educated in areas they knew little about, there is such huge value. You can really see the positive changes and results from the submissions this year.

Whatever area of impact the association is making – it’s making a positive change – there’s more to it than just bed/nights and coffee-cups, but the societal impact.  You can really see that with the submissions we received.

How can associations submit for next year’s programme?

Incredible Impacts 2019 will launch in January, and associations will have until the 30th of June to submit to the first round. Next year’s winners will be presented at ICCA Congress in Houston and will win a grant of $7,500 to invest into creating more incredible impacts. Look out for the announcements next year via BestCities and ICCA news.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 16:50
Meeting at Spier? It’s easy to make your conference an unforgettable occasion by adding one of their many extras to your Day Conference Package.

Dinners with a difference

Spier has a variety of venues available to host a private dinner with a difference – including the historic Wine Cellar, the Auditorium, the oak-covered Werf Lawn which can be booked for groups of all sizes. Groups can also choose between the Spier Hotel Restaurant that offers anything from burgers and game to fine dining and traditional regional specialities, Eight Restaurant that offers a farm-to-table eating experience in a space that expresses balance, cycles, harmony, infinity and abundance, or Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery which offers “low and slow” roasted BBQ meats.

Upgrade your break

From as little as R20 per person, you can add a delightful twist to your day conference by adding items such as popcorn, ice cream in summer, hot chocolate in winter, wine slushies, chocolate and coffee pairing tastings, candy stations and ice crushers to your coffee break.

Smoothie cycling

Get your delegates to pedal their way to their own smoothies… on a bike! Blendavenda Smoothie Bikes are a great way to encourage a healthy lifestyle through being active and eating well. Along with energetic and passionate staff, this always proves to be a big hit at any conference! From as little as R2020, delegates can load the blender with delicious fresh fruit, get on the bike and cycle for 500m and watch the blender whizz into life. Not only will the person cycling their smoothie love this, but the crowd is sure to gather cheering on.

Escape to the outdoors

For conference breaktimes, Spier has plenty of outdoor options where delegates to relax and mingle – from lawns to cosy courtyards. They can also arrange bean bags, Bedouin tents, and more.

Shared breakout spaces

“Silent disco” equipment allows you to have several breakaway groups within the same space. The plenary venue can be used in its normal state with several speakers and audiovisual presentations on various screens as the audio comes through multi-channel headphones that are colour coded with channel signs and LED lights. Delegates can choose which channel to listen to and can switch between audio choices by pressing the button on the side of their headphones. Not only is this a great cost-saver, but research also shows that delegates are more inclined to pay attention when they have the audio straight into their headphones. Depending on the group size, headphones range between R50 – R70 each, excluding once-off technician and travel costs.

Make it in mosaic

The mosaic artisans at the satellite Stellenbosch space of the Spier Artisan Studio can be commissioned to create your company logo in mosaic from R8000. Send us your logo and dimensions at least 60 days before your event; the artisans can finish off the art piece in the conference foyer while delegates watch the progress – they even will get a chance to paste tesserae in the mosaic themselves. Pieces can be finished off afterwards, backed, framed and shipped to display in your offices or given away as a gift or award.

Picnic under the trees

Exchange your conference lunch for a picnic lunch around the dam or on the Werf’s dappled lawns. For an additional R65 per person, Spier can assist with a setup that includes blankets, pillows, ice buckets, glasses and signage.

The morning after

Worried your delegates might wake up a little worse for wear? Spier offers energy drinks, soft drinks, or Bloody Mary cocktails from R35 per person – either at the conference venue upon arrival or during breakfast at the hotel.

Team building

From R205 per person, they offer a wide range of fun indoor and outdoor team building activities including The Amazing Race, art expression, drumming, laughing yoga and potjiekos cook-offs – for groups of all sizes.

Pack for a Purpose

Spier has selected three schools in the surrounding community which guests can donate much-needed items (including school stationery and educational toys) should they have space available in their luggage. Let them know, and they will ensure donation boxes are available during your conference.

Distinctive conference accessories

Local artisans from the Craft Market can make beaded lanyards for your conference badges, beaded delegate wristbands or delegate bags from recycles material.

Room drops and turndown service

We can help you source unique mementoes or special delegate gifts as room drops from our Hotel Shop, Tasting Room, Farm Kitchen or Craft Market. These include award-winning wine, natural and organic bath and body products, locally made homeware and artworks, wine equipment, seasonal jams and preserves, condiments, teas, spreads, chocolates and honey. The first room drop is complimentary – thereafter, R10 per room drop will be charged. At night, all inhouse guests receive a nougat and mineral water during our standard turndown service. Special turndowns can be arranged at an additional cost.

Treat your delegates with a voucher

Instead of room drops, why not give delegates vouchers to purchase an item of their choice? Vouchers can be arranged for use at the Hotel Shop, Tasting Room, Farm Kitchen or Craft Market.

Taste 300 years of winemaking heritage

From R40 per person, delegates can sample Spier’s acclaimed wine at the airy, art-filled tasting room on the banks of the Spier dam or in the conference foyer or another private venue during a conference. Tastings typically take 30-45 minutes. Cheese, olive and charcuterie platters can also be arranged. Grape juice can be made available as a non-alcoholic option.

Blend your own wine

Let your delegates try their hand at winemaking! Perfect for smaller groups of up to 20 and from as little as R195 per person, a red or white wine blending experience in the historic Cow Shed can be arranged.

Get crafty

Delegates can visit the vibrant, colourful craft market and choose from a range of authentic pieces of hand-made art – ranging vastly in terms of size and medium. You can expect everything from paintings and head-high wooden carvings to jewellery, leather-work, textiles, ceramics. While browsing, watch the artists, designers and makers working on beautiful wire and beadwork trophy heads, an intricate painting, or weaving recycled aluminium into a sculpture.

Fancy getting involved? Spier offers customised experiences such as Make it Yourself (where their crafters teach you the basics and you get to take home your own work) as well as colourful Pop-up Shops in the conference foyer.

Tree-preneurs

This project teaches people from some of the Cape’s poorest communities to nurture indigenous seedlings; once they’ve reached a certain size, they can be exchanged for vouchers for food, clothing, agricultural goods, tools, bicycles and educational support. Support the project by purchasing indigenous, low maintenance and water-wise succulents or miniature trees planted in repurposed containers such as eco cups and used tins as delegate gifts, or offset your carbon footprint by purchasing trees from us and donating them to a school or old age home of your choice. Donations cost from R400 and up (depending on quantities and group size).

Encounters with eagles

Eagle Encounter is rehabilitating and releasing birds of prey. From only R80 per person, delegates can meet the monarchs of the bird world through up-close-and-personal interactions with eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, kites, buzzards, snakes and lizards – including heart-stopping falconry displays where we fly birds to your delegates, or arrange an interactive show inside your conference venue. The Harris’s Hawk can also be booked for Award Ceremonies to fly in with a scroll or small medal during award announcements. Prices for Award Ceremonies are available upon request and depends on group requirements and size.

Indulge in spa pampering

Help your delegates feel revived and refreshed by treating them to a quick massage. From as little as R500 per hour per therapist, the Spier Spa offers a range of express treatments in the conference foyer during coffee breaks and lunches.

Meet mindfully

Yoga calms, centres, grounds and helps meeting attendees stay engaged. You can offer your delegates the choice of attending a quick yoga session on the beautiful lush lawns. This can be offered before, during or after a conference. Towels, water and mats can be arranged upon booking.

Glide through vineyards

Spier’s two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered Segway Personal Transporters are the coolest way to do a breezy lap around the farm. From R375 per person, choose between a one-hour, two-hour or sunset tour for groups of up to 17 people per tour.

Bike the farm

Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles are located at the Spier Hotel entrance for guests to ride and discover the farm at no additional charge. These are sturdy and strong machines, designed for rough African terrain. Designed by the Chicago-based World Bicycle Relief and assembled in South Africa, they were named by the BBC as one of the 10 most beautiful bikes in the world.

Get in touch with the conferencing team at conference@spier.co.za to find out more.

Published prices are subject to change without prior notice. Spier’s conference extras do need to be pre-booked well in advance and are subject to availability. Minimum rates apply for some activities. Find out more, here.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 16:28
The entire South African business events industry will benefit from Cape Town’s new international status, according to the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI).

This follows the city being named the ‘World’s Leading Festival and Events Destination’ at the 2018 World Travel Awards in Portugal at the weekend.

SAACI Chairman Wayne Smith has congratulated Cape Town on this achievement.  “The city is truly an example to others, illustrating the value of teamwork and showing how events can be imperative to a local economy.

“We salute our colleagues at the Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau and all the event organisers and marketers who work tirelessly to stage world-class events in the city, creating jobs and addressing seasonality.”

Smith says Cape Town was also ranked the top African city for association meetings in 2017 by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).  In addition, the Western Cape was named the 2018 SAACI branch of the year.

“The ripple effect of such achievements is felt by all sub-sectors of the broader tourism industry, including airlines, ground transport, accommodation and restaurants,” he says.  “Cape Town is a vital component of the broader South African effort to grow our local business events industry.”

SAACI currently has some 650 members with more than 1 350 named representatives countrywide.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 11:55
RwandAir has announced that between 28 November 2018 and 14 January 2019, it will be introducing the Airbus A330-200 to support an additional 88 seats per flight in a response to the popular demand for the direct service from Kigali via Harare to Cape Town.

Operating every second day of the week, the increase in capacity – which includes the introduction of 20 premium economy seats – takes the total passengers per flight from 151 to 239.

Noting continuous interest from Western Cape passengers and cargo availability Mr Thembela Dladla, Country Manager for RwandAir South Africa, commented: “In response to increased market demand, RwandAir has increased capacity to Cape Town by upgrading equipment from a Boeing 737-800 to an Airbus A330-200, effective from 28 November 2018 for the upcoming festive season only.”

Mr Dladla went on to say: “The A330-200 consists of three cabins: Business Class with full lie-flat seats, an excellent Premium Economy cabin, and economy class. Also available on our A330-200 is full on-board connectivity including Wi-Fi and GSM capabilities, as well as duty-free. The RwandAir fare offering continues to be competitive and ideal for those travelling as families this festive season.”

RwandAir launched the four times a week service, operated by a Bombardier CRJ-900, on 16 May 2018, making it the first airline to introduce a direct flight between the Zimbabwean capital and the Mother City.

Commenting on the success of the route, Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, said: “This service operated by RwandAir demonstrates the benefits of a direct flight: Harare, previously the largest unserved African destination, saw a 46% growth in two-way passengers between June and July 2018, compared to a 1% growth during the same period in 2017. We look forward to an increase in tourism, trade and investment between Cape Town, Harare and Kigali which we believe will be facilitated through increased flight capacity for both passengers and cargo.”

“The fact that there is already such a demand on this newly launched route that it requires a seasonal expansion, highlights the potential for trade and tourism opportunities that exist across Africa. This also highlights the importance of a project like Air Access in ensuring that Cape Town is easily accessible, connecting people to those opportunities,” added Beverley Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities.

Executive Mayor, Dan Plato, concluded: “The City of Cape Town is a business-friendly and tourist-friendly destination that continues to improve its world-class service offerings. As more people visit our shores, so too are more job opportunities created, so I am happy to be able to welcome more direct flights to our wonderful city. I am also pleased that the people of Cape Town are able to visit more destinations directly, without having to take unnecessary detours.”

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 11:50
With an exploding luxury travel sector, unique destinations and authentic cultural experiences, the African continent is primed as one of the prominent destinations for luxury travellers in 2019 and beyond!

“Predicted to reach a worth of over US$1,1-billion dollars by 2020 (Allied Market Research), the global luxury travel market is growing at an exponential rate, showing more potential than has been seen in the past decade and demonstrating the potential for Africa as a luxury destination,” explains Megan Oberholzer, Portfolio General Manager – Travel, Tourism & Sports at Reed Exhibitions, South Africa.

As luxury travel experiences have evolved, so has ILTM Africa. With an exciting new venue planned for 2019, the luxury-focused travel trade show is set to be one of the biggest highlights for buyers in the coming year.

Anthony Berlich, the founder of the luxury lifestyle blog, Inspired Citizen, will be speaking at ILTM Africa 2019

“Not only have we upgraded our venue for ILTM Africa, but we have also improved the show’s look and feel, as well as its networking events, thus ensuring that all of our buyers will experience some of Cape Town’s top luxury hotels and restaurants while visiting,” says Oberholzer.

Taking place in the spectacular Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in the Host City of Cape Town, ILTM Africa 2019 is the next step in harnessing the ever-evolving luxury travel sector.

The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is one of South Africa’s renowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites and offers an incredible natural experience for visitors to Cape Town. The garden lies on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and is one of the few places where unique and protected species of fynbos thrives.

The move to a new venue is part of ILTM Africa’s initiatives to create a more experiential event, allowing attendees to enjoy their surroundings while creating a productive environment in which to do business.

The ‘language of luxury’ will be top of mind, with Anthony Berklich from luxury lifestyle blog Inspired Citizen, as the keynote speaker for the event. Berklich’s experience as an international journalist and traveller will help attendees understand the latest trends in the luxury travel market and what travellers are looking for when booking their next getaway.

Make sure not to miss out on ILTM Africa and book your table today! Visit ILTM Africa’s website for more information and to apply!

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Monday, December 3, 2018 - 09:49
IBTM World announced Zenus and Fielddrive as joint winners of its prestigious Tech Watch Award and Kubify as the new ‘Tech Watch People’s Choice Award’ winner during the event at Fira Barcelona.

A panel of well-known industry experts judged Zenus and Fielddrive as the overall IBTM World Tech Watch Award winners from a shortlist of nine finalists, for their pioneering and impactful work in bringing facial recognition software to the events industry. The new ‘Tech Watch People’s Choice Award’ has been introduced to recognize the finalist with the highest number of online votes from members of the MICE industry in the run-up to the event.

Corbin Ball, Chair of the IBTM World Tech Watch Award, said: “This year’s award certainly points out significant event technology trends for our industry. Zenus and Fielddrive are among the first companies to bring this technology to events. Zenus is the creator of the software, and Fielddrive has been a significant implementor of the product by exploring and measuring the onsite best cases for use.”

Corbin continues: “Together, they make a strong team, developing facial recognition for the events industry. They exemplify the goal of the IBTM World Tech Watch Award – to showcase important innovation to advance this industry.”

Danny Stevens, Founder and CEO of Fielddrive said, “We’re thrilled that Fielddrive are joint winners of the IBTM World Tech Watch Award. Our efforts with Zenus on full integration of facial recognition technology, together with Fielddrive’s kiosks, full-colour badge-printing and global deployment, has set a new standard in the meetings industry.

“Fielddrive has gone to great lengths to innovate onsite attendee management, and this latest international accolade is a great reward to our team and our clients. At Fielddrive we’re convinced that the latest great experience is the next expectation. We’re proud to be leading the way.”

Zenus and Fielddrive were separate entries, however because of the interlinked nature of the two companies they were judged as one entry.

Zenus offers high-end security facial recognition for event registrations, enabling a fast and easy check-in and Fielddrive provides on-site technology services for conferences, tradeshows and events.

The very first Tech Watch ‘People’s Choice’ award went to Kubify, an interactive e-poster system that offers a simple and creative way to improve the standard poster session. Attendees use an app to search posters by subject/keyword, interact with the poster, post comments, ask questions and rate/cast a vote for the best poster. Kubify offers a fresh, interactive way to manage this important segment of many scientific meetings.

Tamsin Treasure-Jones, Co-Founder, Kubify, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won the Tech Watch People’s Choice award. We’d like to thank the users of our platform and IBTM attendees for voting for us, and IBTM for giving us the opportunity to exhibit. It’s been an incredible experience, we’ve made lots of fantastic contacts and had some valuable discussions. We are looking forward to coming back next year.”

Shane Hannam, Portfolio Director said: “The IBTM World Tech Watch Award is an essential accolade in our dedication to showcasing the latest technology and innovations. It’s what our customers want to see and is a core reason they attend IBTM World. Congratulations to our fantastic winners, Zenus, Fielddrive, and Kubify.”

The panel of judges was formed of high-profile professionals from the events and technology industries including Michelle Bruno, President of Bruno Group Signature Events; Dahlia El Gazzar, Founder of DAHLIA+ Inc; Ruud Janssen, Founder of TNOC.org and co-founder EMG; Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner at SoolNua; Paul Hussey, Director of The Conference Doctor and Julius Solaris, Founder and Editor of Event MB.

For more information, visit www.ibtmworld.com/techwatch, www.fielddrive.eu or zenus-biometrics.com.

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