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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 15:00
Companies don’t have to be listed to enjoy the excitement of a market open or utilise the venues at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

A symbolic market open like this may be celebrated every working day, offering a great opportunity for listed companies as well as businesses in general, including non-profit organisations, to shine the spotlight on commerce, says Carol Crozier, manager of Company Services in the JSE. The JSE has a number of venues and services that are available for hire, creating business awareness and promoting South African investment. A total of 500 pax can be accommodated across the JSE’s venues for hire, located in a single building in the heart of the Sandton financial node. Parking is available on site for a limited number of VIPs as well as in the adjacent underground parkade.

Venue hire is competitively priced and a variety of optional extras, from equipment to services, additional venues to training, may be incorporated into special packages. A range of gathering areas, digital signage, media and breakaway rooms, an executive dining room and auditorium have the latest technical features were part of a major renovation. Some of the companies that have utilised the space have live web-streamed their results around the world, thanks to the fast broadband Internet speeds and equipment on hand.

In addition to the infrastructure, cabling and technologically advanced equipment, the venue has an onsite sound engineer and technicians to ensure everything runs smoothly. The eventing team takes care of client relations and are familiar with all of the necessary security and political protocol required when hosting high ranking government officials and dignitaries. A preferred caterer adds the finishing culinary touches. Events range from business meetings, executive lunches, smart awards functions and market openings.

The JSE Training Academy offers a range of short courses for businesses keen to learn more about requirements for listing as well as investor relations training, insights and collateral development, media training, roadshows, analyst research report hosting. Carol says a partnership with the JSE is beneficial for business in general as well as sponsors of business. “At the JSE we looked at what other exchanges and bourses around the world are doing and have tailored our offering accordingly. We are focused on understanding how best to support our stakeholders in promoting themselves to their investors. We are able to host almost any event at any time, as long as it promotes South African investment. We also have a Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) satellite office here for the convenience of our clientele.,” explains Carol.



  • Atrium (includes bar and entertainment area) (180 pax)
  • Auditorium (145 pax)
  • Executive dining room (22 pax)
  • Meeting/breakaway rooms (20 pax each)


  • Set-up
  • Standard AV
  • Optional extras (wide range of tech)
  • Webinars
  • Roadshows
  • Market opens
  • Videography
  • Value-added products (e.g. videos) for results presentations
  • Wallboard advertising
  • Free-standing touch screen
  • Catering

Contact Johannesburg Stock Exchange on (011) 520 7131 and visit their website at www.jse.co.za

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 11:28
Designed for an industry that never stops, IMEX America 2018 was brimming with opportunity and learning to the last.

Buyers and exhibitors swapped excitement

Hosted buyers found the largest ever IMEX a great opportunity to see and meet with people, places and services from around the world.

“This is a terrific place to find out what’s new in the industry because everyone is here and it’s easy to meet, face-to-face under one roof,” said Kristin Gibson, SVP at Spargo. “I’m looking for new destinations and I’ve found them.  Plus there’s a great energy coming from the attendees – it’s inspiring.”

Bryan Aroz of HelmsBriscoe India added: “I’ve come to meet existing partners and look at what’s new – particularly technology, destinations and hotels. I’ve found some impressive things to consider as well as a new service – air charters. The choice and quality of exhibitors here are the best ever.”

From the exhibitors’ point of view, the show has also been a success.

“In addition to connecting with many US buyers in Vegas, we also saw a big increase in interest from international buyers wanting to meet with us from China, Dubai, Australia, Israel and more,” said Mark Spivey, Director of International Sales at Maritim Hotels.

Poland also punctuated this point. “We’ve spoken to many good US buyers especially for incentive travel to Poland, but at the same time we also had interest from an association buyer from Hungary who is looking for a destination for a 1,500 people event in 2023. We have to be here at IMEX America.”

Busy brains rocked on

Education also continued to be popular even as the show readied to wrap.

C2 delivered the final keynote of the week “Emotions and Technology – An exploration of Audience Connection,” featuring Jessica Gibbons, executive director of global partnerships C2, and Adekambi Laleye in key accounts with klik by PixMob. They explained how new technologies (such as smart wearables) and fresh formats can be used in brave ways to create attendee surprise, personalization and connection.  The goal, they emphasized, is to put attendees at the centre of any meetings experience and integrate technology purposefully to add value around learning or networking – instead of merely adding cool tech for cool tech’s sake.

C2 also connected this thread of nurturing valuable attendee journeys in their Cloud Lab on Thursday (and throughout the IMEX Week) on session topics like Crafting a Five-Star Experience and Cross-Pollinating Your Way to Event Success.  An interesting format and design, the Cloud Lab invited learners to enter an inflatable igloo filled with gentle fog and soft white light. The idea is to transport people from the outside world to clear their minds and heighten learning and person-to-person connections.

And it works, one participant leaving a Cloud Lab session was heard saying that it “opened my mind to new possibilities and got bigger thinking flowing.”

Knowledge-seekers also had their feet on “terra firma” Thursday in an eye-opening session, “Cybersecurity Threats – Are You Prepared,” hosted by The Events Industry Counsel (EIC.)  Here they revealed that research with meetings industry members shows that while 82% believe that a data security breach would have an adverse effect on their meetings and brands, only 27% actually have data security policies and plans in place. Not to panic though, they also shared how meeting planners and hosts can be more aware and avoid risks. For example, be wary of USB swapping as sensitive registrant or company information could get into the wrong hands, and don’t put any “confidential” stats or information on slides, especially during in-house meetings, as they could get easily posted on social media. They also urged using password manager tools that encrypt personal and business passwords so they can’t get hacked — especially when on a public network.

Wrapping on a high note

Commenting on the energy and experiences at IMEX America 2018, Carina Bauer the CEO of IMEX said, “It’s been a great week of business and a great week of trying and learning new things. People from North America and all over the world have shared opportunities, smiles and connections. We’ve walked with giant puppets, talked to robots, synched-up in campfires and keynotes,  and taken VR trips.  Our industry has once again shown its vibrant personality and insatiable appetite for growth and innovation.”

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 11:21
SADC Business Forum as a business organisation is born out of a need to contribute meaningfully to the shared prosperity of the SADC Region and the continent as a whole.

The Forum, as an intergenerational platform is operated with counsel from elders by the youth, for the youth with the ultimate objective of improving the life of an African child.

The primary aim is to create platforms for the youth, in particular entrepreneurs, unemployed graduates and youth with disabilities. Mainstreaming of issues affecting women entrepreneurs through intergenerational training and mentoring is one of the major focus areas of the forum. These initiatives are to foster collaborations in business in a quest to grow cross-border partnerships and thus contribute to economic growth in the region.

To achieve this we have come up with programmes such as capacitation/training/skilling of targeted groups on enterprise development and leadership. Reskilled unemployed graduates are to form a cohort for peer to peer training and mentoring. To drive and achieve economic development programmes, the Forum will facilitate access to resources including the funding and management of Corporate Social Investment (CSI) to benefit participants. This will form a basis for the targeted groups to nurture intra-regional business, academic and professional working relationships and partnerships, to build a strong regional network and to be a platform for quality assured uniform standards.

Further collaboration positive spin-offs include the stimulation of the regional tourism economy, cultural exchanges and networks.

One of our key partners is Freedom Park which serves as an interaction and a resource centre for regional youth to dialogue and exchange knowledge on the significance of our history as a region.

A key deliverable that has necessitated this press release is the profiling of a SADC country at a time, presenting economic opportunities that are available in that country to the business community and the youth in collaboration with Embassies and High Commissions in the region.

The inaugural profiling will be of a member state, the Republic of Zambia on the 10th and 11th October 2018 at Freedom Park (Republic of South Africa) and in Zambia on the 25-27th October 2018. The impetus of the profiling is the honouring and having a public lecture by the first sitting President of the Republic of Zambia, Dr Kenneth Kaunda. Other programme highlights include the Tourism, Trade and Investment Conference and the Presidential Golf Day in Zambia.

For more information, visit the SADC Business Forum’s website.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 16:42
African Tourism Board announces their first soft launch meeting during World Travel Market (WTM) in London.

The first ever public meeting of the African Tourism Board is set for Monday, November 5 at 2 pm during the World Travel Market in London at Excel.

Invited are private stakeholders, VIP’s, government officials and media. The meeting is sponsored by Reed Expo, the organizer of WTM.

Where Africa becomes one destination is the mission of the newly found organization. The official launch event will be announced at this meeting in London.

Founded in 2018, the African Tourism Board an association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from the African region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research, and innovative events to its members.

  •  In partnership with private and public sector members, African Tourism Board (ATB) enhances the sustainable growth, value, and quality of travel and tourism to-from-and-within Africa.
  • The Association provides leadership and counsel on an individual and collective basis to its member organizations.
  • The Association is expanding on opportunities for marketing, public relations, investments, branding, promoting and establishing niche markets.

Friends of Africa attending WTM are invited to register for the meeting. At this time several ministers, VIP’s and stakeholders from Africa or from around the world in doing business in Africa or to invest in tourism activities have registered along with media friend.

Click here to register.

Source: eturbonews.com

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 12:29
The Exhibition Director of Middle East IBTM Arabia, Danielle Curtis, shared insights on the future trends and technology in the Middle East Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions (MICE) industry.

Danielle Curtis – Exhibition Director Middle East IBTM Arabia

Like many new markets, the Middle East and North Africa has its own characteristics, requirements and dynamics when it comes to meetings, conferences and business events. This is a young market, with a transient and moving population, where there is high demand for education and learning products. The online learning environment is a big seller, but the culture here is very much about personal relationships, so face to face interaction is important for business.

Evolving opportunities

Countries in this region have traditionally relied on oil for a large portion of their income, but with prices in that sector on a long-term low, several are now re-focusing their economies on business; increasing tourism is also a significant target. Strategies such as Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020, Egypt’s Refreshed Tourism Strategy 2013-2020, Morocco’s Vision 2020, The Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and Saudi Vision 2030 are examples of national strategies aimed at developing the country’s economy across a wide range of industries including technology, healthcare, tourism, education and finance. Jordan and Oman are pursuing similar goals – business tourism is on the rise across the Middle East. It’s an exciting time and the MICE industry is rapidly becoming a leading priority for governments in the entire MENA region.

Building connections

The strategy is working. Ever since the opening of the Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau in 2013, the UAE capital has established itself as a leading business events destination. Abu Dhabi Airport is the world’s fastest-growing hub, registering growth in connectivity of 1,479 per cent between 2007 and 2017, according to the Airport Industry Connectivity Report 2017, published by Airports Councils International (ACI). A new fourth terminal of the airport is currently under construction and due to open in late 2019. While the existing Abu Dhabi International Airport handles around 26 million passengers each year, the additional terminal will increase the airport’s capacity by an additional 30 million travellers annually. This is a testament to the UAE capital’s rise as a major leisure and business tourism destination, with some of the world’s fastest growing hubs in the Middle East.

New regions open for MICE business

Across the Middle East, we see evidence that the region is gearing up for events business. Saudi Arabia is experiencing sweeping change across all aspects of life from entertainment to the economy and a major part of the country’s strategy is to become a powerhouse in meetings and events. The country is investing in road, rail and air infrastructure and will open over 50 new four and five-star hotels in the next four years, creating 11,000 bedrooms. State-of-the-art event facilities are also on the way.

Saudi is not alone. Growth in business tourism in Morocco has been supported by the development of several economic clusters, including Casa Nearshore for ICT, Midpark for aeronautics and Casablanca Finance City for capital markets. These developments have helped maintain a healthy demand for increases in hotel capacity. Additionally, in light of Casablanca’s shortage of large-scale event facilities, the city has been making substantial investments to grow its attractiveness as a MICE destination in recent years. A new 3,500-seat congress centre has been built on the city’s marina and a 1,800-seat event room forms part of Casablanca’s first opera house – the newly opened CasArts Theatre Complex.

In Dubai, the 20,000 capacity Dubai Arena will open in 2019 and will be the largest of its kind in the region. A multi-purpose arena spanning half a million square feet, this new space will greatly enhance Dubai’s leisure and entertainment offering. The state-of-the-art venue will make the most of the latest advancements in venue design and will feature automated malleable seats, allowing it to transform depending on the size of the event.

Leaving a legacy

Also in Dubai, preparations are well underway for the next World Expo – Expo 2020 Dubai. Intense efforts are being made to ensure the landmark event leaves a meaningful, long-lasting and multi-layered impact way beyond this futuristic city. Leisure and business tourism are expected to skyrocket during the six months of the event, with up to 25 million visitors attending – 70% from outside the UAE. With a plan focused on providing a lasting framework for the city’s MICE sector, the industry is set to benefit from the sleek and ultra-modern event spaces being added to the expo site.

Expo 2020 Dubai will be a showcase of new innovations and technologies of all kinds and, of course, technology is vital to the success of events and meetings and it’s at the heart of the evolution taking place across the Middle East’s emergence as a business events hub. Technology is being used to make existing processes better, adding-value and efficiencies to enhance the event experience.

Technology to watch

Once piece of tech that is really changing the game here is facial recognition. Houston based Zenus Biometrics has created facial recognition technology that enables you to begin impressing attendees the moment they enter your event. The company’s API integrates with event registration partners, to create a frictionless entry process that takes just seven seconds. Entry for attendees is efficient, quick and non-evasive, while the planner reduces queues with easy entry and adds an extra layer of security. All data collected is deleted immediately after the event.

Guest management software, such as Concierge.com is also popular. Concierge includes services from registration options to itinerary building tools and in-app smart systems for managing travel arrangements. It also enables users to send messages to different groups of attendees, allowing the segmentation and targeting of different groups.

Measurable event sponsorship ROI is another new tech set to make inroads in the region. Bright Box has created a phone charging station that can carry branding for sponsorship purposes. The beauty of the device is that it has a camera that can track how many people pass by. Now you can put figures on your promise to provide exposure.

As an up and coming region in the world of business events, it makes sense for MENA to embrace the latest technologies and events trends – as technology continues to impact every aspect of our industry, it’s essential that we embrace and understand the potential implications the lie ahead.

Source: eturbonews.com

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Monday, October 15, 2018 - 12:14
DISCOP Markets, the largest and most reputable content markets across the African continent, has announced a brand new service and innovation in response to the needs of both buyers and sellers of content from Africa and the Middle East, DISCOP CLUB.

As a way to boost interaction between buyers and sellers before, during, and in-between the 4 annual DISCOP Markets, DISCOP CLUB is a digital interface and customized service tailor-made for buyers who now can enjoy the ease of having a digital catalogue featuring relevant information and videos for each property offered by DISCOP registered vendors.

Registered buyers can also screen full-length versions or full-length episodes whenever available, and by using the instant and real time CHAT BOX service they can request the assistance of ‘PERSONAL SHOPPERS’ to set-up meetings with DISCOP VENDORS or to help them in their selection of programs.

DISCOP Markets are uniquely positioned to offer this service with a 92% industry recognition factor and the ability to rapidly engage with over 1,500+ key buyers representing broadcasters, premium cable channels, mobile operators, and streaming platforms that  have a marked preference for homegrown content.

Similarly, with its strong and continued focus on independent producers, DISCOP Markets are able to engage directly and speedily with over 500+ key independent producers active in the 70 countries of Africa and the Middle East.

In fact, the DISCOP CLUB is specifically designed to support independent producers with small catalogues of content, with projects in development, and with works in progress. Based on outreach via a survey to over 300 of these producers from the Middle East and from Africa, 100% responded hat they would like to see an online marketplace to compliment the four DISCOP Markets/

Via the PERSONAL SHOPPER service, buyers are able to have 24/7 access to content with experts on hand via the website to compliment and and support interactions between buyers and sellers outside of the physical market space. This service will assist buyers in navigating the various content streams available, and ultimately also benefit vendors and producers by providing sales opportunities outside the parameters of the DISCOP events.

Specifically designed for Africa and the Middle East, DISCOP CLUB will service content buyers and sellers for a region with a combined population of 1.5 billion. Africa and the Middle East still account for a very marginal share in B2B content trading, both in volume and in value. However, these regions anticipate dynamic growth in the near future.

DISCOP CLUB membership includes a host of innovative features including:

  • Quality screening.  Whether it’s a desktop computer or a mobile phone, DISCOP CLUB provides a fast, high quality video playback experience for viewers across multiple devices.  DISCOP CLUB web player supports Adaptive Bitrate streaming support (ABR) which helps optimize the streaming experience for viewers, based on their current bandwidth.
  • Full-length version or full-length episode of the program, in addition of the trailer.  The full-length versions are available only to DISCOP registered BUYERS.
  • The option to feature projects in development.
  • A team of PERSONAL SHOPPERS.  They are dedicated to reviewing, indexing and storing the content, thereby giving Vendors and Producers more personalized attention.
  • CHAT WINDOW will allow Buyers to ask questions about the content, and schedule meetings with Vendors ahead of a market.
  • More visibility for the content among Buyers all year round.  A strong communication strategy (online and on the phone) will promote DISCOP CLUB with persistent frequency.
  • Analytics.  The team can provide analytical data to best inform you about the Buyers’ reach (number of impressions, number of plays, stream hours by consumer, most requested videos)

For more information: http://discopclub.com/ or contact ndrew Boozer, Content Promotion Manager andrewboozer@discopclub.com

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Monday, October 15, 2018 - 11:47
The Gauteng City Region celebrates the global recognition of Maboneng neighbourhood as world-class, livable, and chic space that attracts local and international tourists.

Prestigious magazine Forbes International this year named Maboneng as one of the world’s coolest neigbourhoods, beating its counterparts in big global cities such as London, New York and Paris.

Last month, Gauteng Tourism showcased the breath-taking developments that have made this neighbourhood a visitor hotspot and earned it accolades to journalists, social media influencers and tourism stakeholders.

Acting Gauteng Tourism Acting CEO Yoland Ruiters expressed pride and joy over the achievement. “This is no mean feat for a neighbourhood that until not-so-long ago was suffering urban decay and seen as a crime hotspot,” she said.

“It is even more impressive considering the calibre of alternatives Forbes International would have considered before including Maboneng in its list of top 12 coolest places in the world. The only other South African neighbourhood that made it is Kalk Bay in the Western Cape.”

Maboneng has received other global accolades in the past including New York-based magazine Travel and voting it in 2015 one of the world’s coolest attractions. It shared the honour with leading international attractions such as Shanghai Tower in Shanghai and Eiffel Towers in Paris.

Others too have noticed the phenomenal transformation of Maboneng and have held it up as a model for urban renewal. United Kingdom’s leading daily newspaper The Times and BBC Travel have given the neighbourhood extensive positive editorial coverage.

The allure of Gauteng is unrivalled in many ways and urges residents to play a bigger role in promoting it, Ms Ruiters says. “One way of doing this, would be by them becoming champion hosts.

“Research indicates a sizeable portion of arrivals in Gauteng are from visiting friends and relatives. We, therefore, need more and more of our residents visiting and being exposed to exciting spaces in the province such as Maboneng – it is only through familiarising themselves with the destination’s leisure offerings that they would become champion hosts and great Gauteng brand ambassadors.”

To encourage residents of the province to explore their own backyard, the destination is rolling the #GPSho’Left campaign, which kicked off with the Maboneng celebration, Ms Ruiters adds. The place, which denotes the “place of light” in Sesotho, offers an eclectic mix of experiences and attractions including restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, clothing boutiques and art galleries.

Maboneng is part of the broader Johannesburg inner city that has over the year suffered urban decay and an upsurge of crime, making it a no-go area for many. The rejuvenation process began in 2008 when developer Jonathan Liebmann bought old, derelict industrial buildings and transformed them into a cultural oasis that is now a top attraction in the area, Arts On Main.

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Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:22
The Cape Town International Convention Centre’s sky bridge is taking shape over Heerengracht Avenue, Cape Town. The soaring, steel-and-glass design, which will connect the CTICC’s two buildings, is already attracting the attention of Cape Town’s general public and those hosting their events at the centre.

“We are very excited about our sky bridge which we believe is both beautiful and functional. The sky bridge is being constructed to connect CTICC 1 and CTICC  2 and will allow for the seamless movement of delegates between the two buildings. Our clients love the design of the bridge as well as the integrated CTICC complex that the bridge facilitates. As a world-class venue the CTICC is now able to welcome more events as well as host large scale events across both buildings,” said Julie-May Ellingson, Chief Executive Officer at the CTICC.

The 70m-long bridge comprises a steel frame with a concrete floor and roof, supported by slanted columns. Aluminum fins finish off the bottom. Full glass sides will reveal views across the city of Cape Town, up the historic Heerengracht-Adderley Street axis, to the iconic Table Mountain.

The bridge will deflect vertically by 5-10mm, and horizontally by a similar amount. The maximum capacity is estimated at more than 5 000 people per hour.

The CTICC has already secured several bookings, many of which are international conferences and will take place either in CTICC 2 or across both buildings.

The first of these is the World Congress of Audiology 2018, which will take place in October 2018. This will be followed by Africa’s largest telecoms, media and technology event, AfricaCom, in November 2018. In February 2019, Investing in African Mining Indaba will be at the CTICC, followed by the Congress of the International Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy in April 2019, to name but a few.

Of particular note is Africa Utility Week, with 9 000 delegates expected to descend on the city and the CTICC in May 2019, 2020 and 2021.

“The views from the sky bridge across our beautiful city will be incredible and will certainly add to the extraordinary experience of attending an event at the CTICC. We look forward to welcoming Capetonians and visitors to experience walking across the sky bridge when it is complete,”added Ellingson.

For more information, contact the Corporate Communications Department at +27 21 410 5000 or media@cticc.co.za.

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Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:59
Wesgro  – Cape Town and the Western Cape’s Official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency – welcomes the amendments announced by the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, to the existing visa regime.

Many of the changes  implemented in 2014 had a negative impact on foreign visitor numbers, not only  affecting tourism, but also business travel and the ability of companies to  attract niche critical skills to grow and be globally competitive.

These changes will have a noticeable and positive impact on tourism, trade and investment in the Western Cape and South Africa, in the following ways:

  • increasing the number of countries that will be  visa exempt,  particularly the Middle East, will help unlock new tourism markets for our province and country, helping boost visitor numbers;
  • the implementation of 3 to 10 year multiple  visas especially for China and India is critical for the growth of our economy, with China boasting the 2nd largest economy in the world and the biggest tourism spend globally, and India ranked the 7th largest economy with a rapidly growing tourism spend – ranked 17th according to UNWTO;
  • waiving the requirement for visa applications to  be made in person in India and China will significantly increase ease of travel  – travellers wishing to visit South Africa currently have to apply in person often  having to travel great distances to the very few visa application stations in  these large countries;
  • relaxation of documentary requirements for  minors travelling with foreign nationals – the strict requirements for parental  consent and unabridged birth certificates caused major upsets for bona fide travellers visiting South  Africa with children;
  • the review of the critical skills list and offer  of permanent residence for foreign students studying critical skills degrees is an important measure to ensure that South Africa remains a strong  contender in the global skills economy, and potentially a big boost for our  universities and tertiary education institutions;
  • steps announced to ease congestion at ports of  entry particularly land ports could have a significant impact  on South Africa’s trade with the rest of Africa and ease of doing business on  the continent; and, implementation of e-visas and e-gates will ease congestion and enhance efficiency at boarders, making South Africa a more attractive destination to visit and do business with.

Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, commented: “Ease of travel and movement across  borders is a fundamental building block of the global economy. We live in an  integrated world, where goods, services, supply chains, business, research,  entertainment and education cut across national borders. For South Africa to  remain relevant and competitive in this integrated global economy we cannot  erect barriers for visitors, we need to make it easier for people to come to  South Africa, while maintaining tight security at the border.”

To this end, Wesgro is planning to facilitate a visa  stakeholder engagement to allow for the details of the amendments to be  elaborated upon for Western Cape businesses and to provide support for the  implementation of these changes.

Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille said: “Cape Town welcomes the visa relaxation as it will encourage more visitors to the city and South Africa. This will lead to stronger trade ties with countries and cities from across the world. We know the world owes us nothing and we have to make it easier for tourists and investors to visit our shores, while we build a globally competitive forward looking Cape Town. Last week, the World Bank released a report that showed Cape Town is the top metro in South Africa when it comes to making it easier for businesses to obtain construction permits and getting electricity to their premises.”

Minister Alan Winde added: “Tourism is a vital part of the Western Cape economy and the previous visa  regulations had a damaging impact on the sector. The changes announced today,  if properly implemented, will help to stabilise the sector and ensure that we  can focus on growing the economy and creating more jobs.”

Wesgro is Cape Town and the Western Cape’s official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, and receives its mandate and funding from the Western Cape Government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the City of Cape Town.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 14:53
Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Global Conference is the association’s signature event, providing an annual gathering where incentive travel professionals from around the world converge to learn, network and become immersed in a destination experience that is truly motivational.

Alternating between regions across the globe, this year the conference was held in Europe (Rome, Italy), in partnership with Meetings Professionals International (MPI).  SITE + MPI Global Forum attracted over 550 incentive and meeting professionals, the highest attendance ever recorded for a SITE event outside of North America.

In 2019, SITE returns to Asia for SITE Global Conference 2019, taking place 11-14 January in Bangkok, Thailand at the stunning Shangri-La Hotel. Ranked as one of the world’s top tourist destinations with its colorful culture, multifaceted attractions and bustling city life, Bangkok attracts tens of millions of international visitors each year.

“To host SITE Global Conference 2019 is really a great honour for us,” said Mr Chirut Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) president and chairperson of the local host committee. TCEB and host committee members are working hard to prepare an extraordinary educational and social program, plus Thai local experiences, that await all of you in January.  We are committed to doing our best to welcome you here.“

The conference has been designed as a true Thai experiential immersion. Every aspect – education, evening events, tours and CSR  – will engage the richness of the Thai culture, food and history with a keen focus on the revitalization and Innovation demonstrated by the River Alliance. The conference theme, “Incentivising Diversity and Innovation”, recognizes the magnificent diversity and brilliant innovation of the Thai culture, and also highlights how business innovation and success stem from a wholehearted embrace of diversity.

El Kwang, CITP, CIS, CEO Untangled pte ltd. and Lynne Coyne, CITP, manager of event services, Intuitive Conference & Events are serving as SITE Global Conference Co-Chairpersons.

“I am very humbled to be serving as chairperson for the 2019 conference in Bangkok.  Conference participants will experience culturally diverse, deep dive sessions along the famous Bangkok River. There will be plenty of networking and thought-sharing opportunities with local and Asia-based talent. We cannot wait to welcome SITE to Bangkok!,“ Kwang shared.

Register for SITE Global Conference 2019 by 19 October and receive USD $50.00 off your registration fee.

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