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Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 10:28
In a bid to boost tourism in Africa, it is time that we change our narrative from a continent that needs saving to one that is thriving.

This was the key insight at Africa’s Travel Indaba Media Launch held at The Plant Venue Co., Durban on 3 April 2019.

The media launch provided the opportunity for two of South African Tourism’s Hidden Gems, Jotham’s Place and Discover Durban Tours and Transfers, to tell their success stories. Other speakers included Acting Head of the KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Siza Sibanda and Councillor at eThekwini Municipality, Sipho Kaunda.

Keynote speaker of the day, Chief Convention Bureau Officer of South Africa National Convention Bureau (SANCB), Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, elaborated on this year’s Africa’s Travel Indaba theme, Africa’s stories, your success, saying Africans must own their narrative so that they can embark on the journey of changing the continent’s story.

“We no longer look to the world for affirmation or inspiration, the world looks to us. We are real, vibrant and driven to succeed. So, we invite the world to journey with us and tell the new story of Africa.”

Kotze-Nhlapo added that the responsibility of safeguarding Africa’s narrative is not only up to its storytellers but all Africans.

“In this post-truth world, it is up to each of us to be vigilant about the way Africa is depicted. We can be the watchdogs of misrepresented stories and best of all, we have the digital tools to keep the narrative truthful.”

She said social media gives everyone the power to engage with media, influencers and other prominent individuals so that “we can change the narrative together and basically set the story straight”.

Her insights were backed up by South African storyteller, Victor Kgomoeswana, whose presentation ignited what is the new African narrative.

“The greatest story for us to tell is our own; the most effective way to tell it is the African way – because the centre of the universe, literally and figuratively, is in Africa,” he said.

For the first time in Indaba’s history, it will host the Green Stand Awards. These awards have been successful at Meetings Africa in recent years and is now making its way to Indaba. It recognises exhibitors who go that extra “green” mile to build and design stands that are environmentally and socially sustainable.

Key numbers for Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019
  • 1,110 – Number of local, regional and international buyers already confirmed.
  • 890 – Number of exhibitors already confirmed.
  • 104 – Number of African exhibitors from 19 countries already confirmed.

“The above numbers clearly demonstrate that Indaba continues to grow and be the sought after platform for African tourism products,” concluded Kotze-Nhlapo.

Tourism in Africa – The Facts

According to 2018 reports from the United Nations World Tourism Organization and World Travel and Tourism Council:

  • The continent’s total foreign receipts in 2017 amounted to US$ 177,6 billion, contributing 8,1% of total Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  • In 2017, Africa’s share of investment in travel and tourism was US$ 28,2 billion, or 5,7% of total investment in the continent.
  • In 2017, direct travel and tourism employment in Africa rose to 9,3 million, the equivalent of 1 in 11 jobs. This is an 11,2% increase from 2016.
South Africa at a Glance
  • South Africa saw 10.5-million international tourist arrivals in 2018.
  • It translates to a growth of 1.8% compared to the previous year.
  • The World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) had recently announced that South Africa has the largest tourism economy in Africa having contributed 1.5 million jobs (9.2% of South Africa’s employment)
  • Tourism contributes 8.6% to the South African GDP.
  • 44% of the tourism spend came from international travellers, amounting to R128-billion.
  • 56% of spend came from domestic travel, which translates to R163-billion.
About Africa’s Travel Indaba

Africa’s Travel Indaba continues to be Africa’s leading and longest running travel trade show. It offers industry players and its stakeholders an opportunity to meet and engage on the challenges and opportunities that affect the advancement of tourism on the continent.

The event showcases the widest variety of the continent’s best tourism products and attracts international buyers and media from across the world.

Indaba is vital to South Africa’s economy as it encourages job creation, and fosters business and connections that are integral to the growth of the tourism industry.

Indaba not only provides a vital platform for buying and selling of tourism products but also provides a platform for collaboration and dialogue around issues and policies affecting tourism.

Source: Indaba South Africa

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 09:43
The Southern Runway Closure at Dubai International Airport will be taking place from 16 April to 30 May 2019.

Emirates has been working hard to implement measures to further maximise operational efficiencies at DXB and deliver a seamless experience for its customers departing and transiting through Dubai, during the revamp period.

On Time Performance (OTP) is a key factor for smooth operations and a consistent customer experience on the ground and in the air.

This is even more critical during this time, because all flights at Dubai International will only be using a single runway.

One of Emirates’ key objectives during this period will be to reduce instances of flight delays and disruptions in Dubai and across its destination network.

The airline is also placing a substantial emphasis on communication to its customers through a number of channels, to keep them accurately informed of their flight’s status.

Safeguarding Punctuality

Customers travelling during this period are encouraged to arrive to the airport early, and build in enough time to check in, pass through immigration and get to their gates.

Customers are reminded to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight departures, and passengers can check-in as early as 24 hours ahead of their flights at the airport.

Customers can also check-in online from 48 hours to 90 minutes ahead of their departure.

Once customers have cleared check-in and immigration formalities, they are advised to make sure they get to their boarding gates on time.

Gates open 90 minutes before departure for long-haul flights, and Emirates has extended the opening time at its gates for short-haul flights to 75 minutes (instead of 60 minutes) to provide ample time for customers to board their flights. For flights departing to the United States, gates open 120 minutes before departure. As always, gates close 20 minutes before departure and timings are strictly followed to ensure flights depart on schedule. These time checks have been put in place to ensure minimal delays during this period.

Joint Efforts to Achieve Operational Excellence

Meticulous planning has been going on for over 14 months, involving collaboration across functions ranging from Flight Operations, Emirates Airport Services, Emirates SkyCargo, Emirates Flight Catering, Service Delivery, Engineering, Commercial Operations and Planning, Contingency Response teams, dnata as well as with external stakeholders, to optimise operations, as well as build in operational flexibility and resilience to mitigate possible disruptions at every juncture.

Taking into consideration the latest flight schedules as well as benchmarking best practices from the Northern Runway closure project in 2014, operational initiatives during the Southern Runway closure period include: procedures for efficient, quick aircraft turnarounds; reducing vehicle movements on the ramp; efficient movement of Cabin and Flight Deck crews to the aircraft; faster transit passenger flow procedures, predictive aircraft maintenance, and prioritizing operationally restricted flights.

The Southern Runway closure is happening during one of the quieter operational times of the year, and will be critical to increasing the long-term capacity of Dubai International Airport and maintaining the high-level service levels of the airline, especially ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai and the influx of visitors expected during that period.

Source: eTurboNews

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Friday, April 19, 2019 - 08:35

Senthil Gopinath is the new CEO of the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA), the global group of meetings professionals based in the Netherlands.

Gopinath’s appointment is the result of a long process of recruitment undertaken by a Brussels-based executive search company following the sacking of Martin Sirk in June 2018, but he was already employed by the association.

He has been the Dubai-based Middle East Regional Director for the past three years but has been involved with ICCA for more than two decades as an employee of Emirates, Kuoni Travel and the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau.

“I am truly honoured to be appointed for such a prestigious position in one of the global meetings industry’s leading organisations. ICCA has been a family to me for over two decades. I have always cherished my involvement with ICCA and now being at the helm will enable me to listen more closely to our members and key stakeholders, and service them in a more enhanced manner, making ICCA more relevant to the global membership. Together with the ICCA team, we will work on the transformation of ICCA.”

Senthil Gopinath

ICCA HQ staff were informed today (Thursday) shortly before a missive was despatched to all 1200-plus members of the organisation.

“It was an interesting journey which revealed more about Gopinath than we had previously known and we are delighted with the appointment.”

James Rees, ICCA President

The appointment is effective immediately and Gopinath will relocate to Amsterdam as soon as possible.

As per ICCA by-laws, the board made the selection in a closed-vote process, with Gopinath winning by majority vote.

“Senthil brings the qualities that we most need in a leader at this juncture,” added Rees

“Throughout his career, he has demonstrated not only that he can establish a vision, but also chart the tactical path to reach that vision, always working from a solid foundation of operational and financial expertise.”

Gopinath’s career in the meetings travel industry spans more than 20 years, with 18 years spent working within ICCA member organisations. He joined the ICCA team in 2016 as regional director of ICCA Middle East (ME). In that role, he has forged new relationships with regional governments and industry partners, and grown ICCA ME membership by more than 80 per cent.

The board noted several of Gopinath’s key career accomplishments, including:

  • Elevating meetings and events operations for Emirates Group as its head of business development and operations, making the division one of the largest and most profitable in the region
  • Re-structuring and re-strategising the business model of VFS Global a part of Kuoni Travel Group. As vice president – South Asia of VFS Global, growing annual profits exponentially over 60 per cent growth in two years
  • Creating a private-public partnership model for the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau as its general manager and CEO, increasing business tourism by 78 per cent and driving a 64 per cent increase in revenue
  • Being named one of three finalists for the 2019 Business Event Strategist of the Year award from the Professional Convention Management Association, with the winner to be announced in May.

Gopinath’s selection marked the end of a process that began in October 2018 and drew more than 100 applicants for the position.

Gopinath’s immediate responsibilities will include developing and executing annual business plans, ensuring operational sustainability and careful financial controls, and building ICCA’s global membership and presence with a special focus on developing member services adapted to each of ICCA’s key regions. He will work from ICCA Head Office in Amsterdam and report to the president and board of directors.

Source: M&IT Magazine

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Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 10:51
Cathay Pacific is bringing back its popular seasonal route between South Africa’s Mother City and Hong Kong.

Business and leisure customers will be able to book non-stop flights between the two global hubs from November 2019 to February 2020 – just in time for the festive period. The seasonal route will operate alongside Cathay Pacific’s existing daily non-stop flights from Johannesburg to Hong Kong.

“Having experienced strong demand for travel to and from Cape Town during our inaugural season we are delighted to announce a continuation of this service for another season. This flight is a non-stop bridge between Africa and Asia bringing these two continents ever closer. Our Hong Kong hub is one of the world’s leading financial centres and an highly popular tourist destination”

Mark Sutch, Regional General Manager – South Asia, Middle East and Africa, Cathay Pacific

“Moreover, this non-stop flight offers great connectivity for our customers with a range of convenient connections to multiple Asian destinations such as Denpasar, Phuket, Tokyo, Bangkok and more.”

The airline first introduced the seasonal route in November 2018, and will be brought back due to popular demand among both South African and Asia-based customers, who were able to travel with more comfort and reduce the travel time and expenses considerably.

“The Cape Town Air Access partnership is extremely excited by this announcement, and the boost it will provide for the Western Cape economy”

Tim Harris, CEO, Wesgro

“The seasonal Hong Kong route has not only connected two popular cities, but it has also affected positive growth. Compared to the same period in 2017/18, the seasonal Hong Kong 2018/19 route saw a 10% increase in two-way passengers between the Western Cape and greater Asian market. This means increased business and tourism, and a positive benefit to our local economy” concluded Harris.

“We welcome Cathay Pacific’s announcement that the non-stop seasonal flight between Cape Town and Hong Kong will be returning later this year. Hong Kong is a major economic hub and a gateway to the rest of Asia, allowing us to develop tourism and trade between the Western Cape and other key regions. The return of this seasonal flight is a sign that there was positive uptake and support for the first seasonal route and we look forward to welcoming more of Cathay Pacific’s passengers.”

Beverley Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities

The route includes three flights a week with a flight duration of 13 hours, 50 minutes.

Operated by the Airbus A350-900, each flight can accommodate a total of 280 passengers, including 38 in Business Class, 28 in Premium Economy, and 214 people in Economy. The aircraft is also equipped with award winning seats, all-new in-flight entertainment centres, and inflight connectivity, all of which ensures a pleasant and comfortable flight.

In celebration of the return of the popular Cape Town to Hong Kong seasonal route, Cathay Pacific is also offering customers special deals designed to maximize their overall Hong Kong travel experience.

Passengers can enjoy luxurious accommodation and delightful dining experiences, and explore the city through exceptional offers on Hong Kong’s most popular attractions just by presenting their Cathay Pacific boarding pass.

Find out more here.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 13:11

Town Lodge Menlo Park in Pretoria is undergoing a full interior refurbishment. New design and finishes to commercial areas provide fresh, appealing and modern communal work and leisure spaces.

The 106 bedrooms have been redesigned with new furniture and fabrics and the carpets have been replaced with high quality vinyl flooring, a durable and attractive alternative. More connectivity points have been added, including USB ports and international plugs.

The total budgeted costs for both the building works and furniture is R22-million. The first wing of bedrooms will be completed by 22 March, and the hotel will return to full trading by 1 May 2019.

“We have several properties scheduled for refurbishment this year, as we strive to maintain and modernise our product. We also use the opportunity to add new features in line with guest feedback, such as additional connectivity, as we tailor our hotels to wow our business and leisure guests.”

Andrew Widegger, Chief Executive Officer, City Lodge Hotel Group

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 11:26

Premier Hotels & Resorts, one of South Africa’s leading, independent hospitality groups, has announced the acquisition of the Faircity Hotel Group for an undisclosed amount. The transaction is subject to a due diligence exercise, as well as competition commission approval.

“The mutually beneficial deal will see Premier acquire all Faircity hotels, management contracts and personnel who will be amalgamated into the Premier Group, with Faircity brands and trademarks staying intact for ease of customer recognition and business continuity for the foreseeable future”

Samuel Nassimov, Founder and Managing Director of the Premier Group

The Faircity Group consists of three and four-star conference hotels and serviced apartments in Johannesburg and Pretoria – including the Falstaff and Quatermain in Morningside; Mapungubwe near Newtown in the Johannesburg inner city; Roodevallei and Kievitskroon near Pretoria; Grosvenor Gardens Apartments in Hatfield, Pretoria; and Junction Apartments in Menlo Park, Pretoria.

With these properties, Premier will add a further 535 rooms to its existing portfolio of over 2000 rooms and its impressive range of conferencing, food and beverage as well as leisure facilities.

Nassimov also sees the acquisition as complimentary for Premier, adding:

“We are seeking to expand our hotel property portfolio in major cities across South Africa. We have confidence in the potential of our great country and believe domestic and international business and tourism confidence will benefit our Group and the economy in the years to come.”

Premier currently owns and operates a portfolio of 18 properties across South Africa in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Eastern and Western Cape. Premier will launch in Bloemfontein in June 2019, and is scheduled to open two new hotels in Umhlanga in late 2019.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 12:26

Cape Town Air Access (CTAA) welcomes the announcement by United Airlines that they intend on launching a new non-stop route between the US and Cape Town, from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, New York.

If approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, United’s service between New York/Newark and Cape Town will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft featuring 48 seats in United Polaris business class, 88 seats in United Economy Plus and 116 seats in United Economy.

This will be a game-changer for Cape Town and the Western Cape, linking the Cape to the important North American market. It will not only boost tourism, but grow cargo and attract even more FDI into the Western Cape from US companies.

“We are always looking at ways to expand our industry-leading international route network to offer our customers more convenient options. We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Africa to our global route offering,”

Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of International Network

“This new flight will provide customers with the only nonstop service between the United States and Cape Town.”

Newark Liberty International Airport, located in New Jersey, is one of four airports serving the New York metropolitan area. In 2017, the airport was the 6th busiest airport by international passenger traffic in the US. Just 16 miles (25km) from downtown Manhattan, Newark Airport provides quick access to the Big Apple and its commercial and cultural centres.

“This is a game-changer for our region. North America was one of the largest unserved markets for Cape Town and the Western Cape, with the USA ranked as the 3rd largest market for inbound passengers to Cape Town International Airport in 2017”

Tim Harris, CEO, Wesgro

“The introduction of this new route not only provides a much-needed link between the USA and Cape Town from a tourism perspective, but a direct flight, with an estimated four hour saving in travel time, will also mean an increase in business and investment opportunities.”

Deon Cloete, Airport Manager, Cape Town International Airport

According to a study conducted by Grant Thornton, a direct flight to North America would add an estimated 24 000 passengers, which was 20% of the 2018 market. This would add an estimated R283 million in direct tourism spending to the Cape economy in the first year, with this set to increase by R425 million by 2021. It would see 890 jobs in the province in the first year of operation.

The flight will also see an increase in direct and indirect imports into the province, with cargo capacity contributing approximately R94 million in potential trade. It is also estimated to contribute R286 million to the Gross Geographic Product (GGP) and R144 million in direct Gross Value Add (GVA) to the Cape economy.

Between January 2003 and February 2017 a total of 76 Foreign Direct Investment projects were recorded from the United States to the Western Cape amounting to a total capital investment of US$1.9bn. During this period, a total of 7,510 jobs were created.

“We welcome this new route connecting the Western Cape and the United States, a key market for our province. The direct flight will drive growth in the tourism and business sectors, creating jobs and boosting local business tourism, which directly contributes to our Project Khulisa objectives. The Western Cape Government is proud to be part of the Cape Town Air Access initiative, which has helped land this new route.”

Beverly Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities

“Cape Town is a world-class city and home to an award-winning airport in Cape Town International Airport. I want to thank our Air access team who have worked hard to bring this flight to Cape Town. This direct flight positions our beautiful city as an attractive point of entry into Africa and allows us to showcase all that the city has to offer as we welcome visitors from the United States, both new and old. On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I thank United Airlines for the confidence they have shown in our city.”

Dan Plato, Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town

“As a proud funder of the Air Access initiative, the City of Cape Town commends all the efforts that have contributed to landing this important development in the City’s aviation economy. Its impact will definitely have a positive effect on the local market, facilitating job creation as well as further economic opportunities.”

Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management

“Arrivals from the United States to South Africa have shown consistent growth year-on-year, solidifying its position as a key market, not only for the Western Cape, but for South Africa as a whole. South Africa saw close to 450 000 arrivals from North America in 2018 with the region representing 4% of total international travellers travelling to South Africa. Adding a direct connection to Cape Town will improve connectivity to the region and allow visitors to experience South Africa from a new viewpoint. With North America identified by SA Tourism for enhanced focus for the coming year, the United Airlines direct route from New York to Cape Town is great news.”

Sthembiso Dlamini, Acting CEO, South African Tourism

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 09:39

“The fact that fewer rhinos have been lost in South Africa in 2018 is good news and merits credit for the hard work and commitment of all those involved. However, the overall status of our rhino populations remains a concern and we need continued commitment to address the systemic challenges for rhinos across the region.”

Dr Jo Shaw, African Rhino Lead for WWF International*

A statement prepared by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), reflects that its Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros showed some success in 2018.

The report confirms that, from 1st January to 31st December 2018, 769 rhino were poached in South Africa (compared to 1 028 poached in 2017). Of these, 421 rhino were killed in the Kruger National Park, and 142 were poached in KwaZulu-Natal.

“Although we are encouraged by the national poaching figures for 2018, it is critical that we continue to implement collaborative initiatives to address the scourge of rhino poaching,”

Ms. Nomvula Mokonyane, South African Minister of Environmental Affairs

While this marks a 25% decrease in poaching in South Africa, it still equates to over two rhino being killed per day – and that’s only in South Africa. Worryingly, the number of recorded poaching activities in the Kruger National Park remained approximately the same as previous years showing that the pressure is not letting up. Statistics show that, across Africa, since 2006 over 9100 rhino have been slaughtered for their horns.

Despite grave personal danger, leading role players and ordinary citizens alike are having a marked impact on African rhino conservation. To celebrate the brave efforts of those who work tirelessly to bring an end to the scourge of rhino poaching, the Rhino Conservation Awards will be held in July 2019. Since being founded by Dr Larry Hansen and Miss Xiaoyang Yu in 2011, the Awards have been hosted annually in collaboration with the DEA and the Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA). The 2019 Awards are sponsored by ZEISS and China New Enterprises Inc.

Nominations are Open

Nominations have officially opened and are invited from the five rhino range states of Africa.

The 2019 Nomination Categories are:

  • Best Field Ranger;
  • Best Conservation Practitioner;
  • Best Political, Investigative and Judicial support;
  • Best Rhino Conservation Supporter; and
  • Special Award for Endangered Species Conservation.

Nomination submissions will close on 24th May 2019 at 17:00.

For more information about nominations, please read the Rhino Conservation Awards Nomination form.

The Rhino Conservation Awards will be presented at a Gala Dinner held at Montecasino in Johannesburg, South Africa. Award finalists will be joined at the event by high-level dignitaries under the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, South African government officials, foreign diplomats, media, sponsors, and other significant NGOs supporting rhino conservation.

During the 2017 Awards Ceremony, The Honourable Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi confirmed that; “The fight for our rhino must now be taken up by the next generation.”

This is both a powerful and frightening statement. It constitutes a compelling call to action while highlighting the many years that this war has been waging.

“To continue this fight, there must be some encouragement, support and appreciation. It is a grueling occupation, and one that often leads to physical danger, political opposition and severe financial constraints,”

“The Rhino Conservation Awards seek to recognise the efforts of these (often) unsung heroes – giving them the impetus they need to continue in their battle against the poachers.”

Dr Larry Hansen

*Quote courtesy of IOL

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Monday, April 15, 2019 - 15:00

‘We don’t believe in business as usual’ – IMEX in Frankfurt to deliver surprise and creativity with new Discovery Zone

Holograms, robots, magic, music and art are among the surprises set to inspire and delight attendees at IMEX in Frankfurt, taking place 21 – 23 May 2019.

The show’s new Discovery Zone is packed with education and experiences to fire up the imagination of event planners and exhibitors alike. It’s designed to help them to question the conventional and explore fresh approaches to business events, with a strong emphasis on ‘experiential’.

“There are some surprises in store for attendees this year! We don’t believe in ‘business as usual’ and are always evolving and looking for new and engaging ways to encourage innovation in the industry – our new Discovery Zone is the perfect way to do this.”

Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group

Find out what else is happening at IMEX Frankfurt: Global Suppliers and World-Renowned Speakers at IMEX

Robots and holograms

Many innovations at the Discovery Zone turn conventional thinking on its head. Think a piano is played using hands? Think again! ‘Mister Piano’ is a walking piano played using the feet and attendees can put their fancy footwork to the test to hit the right notes. Attendees can also go hands-on and tap into their inner artist at a painting party, craft their own bespoke luggage tags and even take part in fire-infused magic tricks. A talking robot, holographic show and 360degree photography booth are also among the engaging experiences this year.

Practical applications of event tech, diversity and a firm focus on future-thinking all form part of a packed programme of sessions at The ZEUS Innovators Club. Attendees will also find the Inspiration Hub – the show’s learning powerhouse – in the Discovery Zone, with sessions covering hot topics such as sustainability and diversity to business skills and creative learning.

Fresh green grass and a swing

Prepare for sensory overload and explore the great outdoors while dining indoors at the show’s food court – this has been transformed into Central Park, complete with trees, grass and even a swing! Attendees can also kick back with table football, table tennis and other games for some purposeful rest and relaxation.

“We know our show delivers significant business benefit to buyers and exhibitors. We also know it’s important for them to have the time and space to experiment, discover new experiences and gather fuel for fresh, innovative ideas. Our new Discovery Zone is set to deliver a huge dose of creativity, with a few surprises along the way. Inspired by this year’s Imagination Talking Point, we asked….what if we wove more experiential and fun elements into the show? What if that translated into more business benefit for everyone attending?”

Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group

As well as exploring the new corners of the show, attendees can explore new corners of host city, Frankfurt, thanks to a new interactive accommodation booking map. The map on the IMEX website, powered by Stay 22, provides a simple and efficient overview of many of the independent accommodation options in and around the German city.

Find out more about how IMEX is creating a more inclusive event: IMEX Frankfurt Shines a Light on Diversity and Inclusion

IMEX in Frankfurt takes place 21 -23 May 2019. Registration for the show is free of charge and open to all who work in the meetings, events and incentive travel industry.

EduMonday, its pre-show day of learning and development, is on 20 May (no charge to attend) at Kap Europa next to Messe Frankfurt. 


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Monday, April 15, 2019 - 10:48
April 1st brought about big change for Messe Frankfurt, as South African managing director, Konstantin von Vieregge, takes up his position in Atlanta as President for Messe Frankfurt North America.

Von Vieregge will be assuming overall managerial responsibility for the North American market, piloting from his new Atlanta headquarters.

Previous President, Dennis Smith, vacated his position as of 31st March 2019 for personal reasons; with Patrick Nohilly remaining behind to continue handling the Finance, IT, Mergers & Acquisitions and Human Resources sectors, all under the new leadership of von Vieregge.

“Over the past three years, Konstantin von Vieregge has demonstrated with great success that he is the right person to lead a growth orientated organisation for the Messe Frankfurt Group. He already has managerial experience in the USA, is very familiar with the culture there and has the marketing, sales and trade fair expertise necessary in the market segments that are relevant for us.”

Detlef Braun, Executive Board member, Messe Frankfurt’s US subsidiary

His replacement for Messe Frankfurt South Africa, will be none other than Joshua Low, which was shortly followed by a complete senior management reshuffle.

“Joshua Low is an acknowledged trade fair expert who previously worked for Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, one of the largest trade fair companies in South Africa.”

Detlef Braun, Executive Board member, Messe Frankfurt’s US subsidiary

For more information about Messe Frankfurt South Africa

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Image courtesy of Messe Frankfurt GmbH.

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