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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 15:13
The 2019 IAB SA Bookmark Awards are open for entries. With a focus on digital excellence, tangible business impact, and a simplified entry process, this industry award is poised to represent the best in digital for 2019.

All businesses, big or small, will have the opportunity to showcase their work. The online entry platform is live, and available here.

Any work that appeared online during the period 18 November 2017 and 31 October 2018 is eligible, and early bird entries, as well as IAB SA members, are eligible for a 10% discount.

Jerry Mpufane, Chairman of the M&C Saatchi Abel JHB Group and Jury President of the 2019 Bookmark Awards says, “The Bookmark Awards is the ultimate accolade for excellence in digital. In my second year as the Jury President for The Bookmarks, my goal is to find that true gem of a digital idea, that which has excited the end-user, and ultimately helped turn around the fortunes of a fledging brand.  This idea, and hopefully we find a few, must serve as a brilliant and proud industry case study.”

Paula Hulley, the IAB SA’s CEO adds, “ The Bookmark Awards celebrate the body’s key strategic pillar to Build Brands Digitally and the award’s core values of creativity, innovation and excellence. The awards consistently strive to offer a host of practical examples of how marketers, agencies and publishers have executed digital campaigns to deliver sustainable impact on their business.”

We have listened to the industry

Over the past year, the IAB has met with their members and councils to understand what improvements and learnings to take forward. The 2019 Bookmarks committee is diverse and reflects the needs of the industry, and as a result have expanded on the entry options within the categories, to allow for a greater breadth of work to be showcased. For example, the categories within the publishing section of the competition have been adjusted.

Izak Minnaar, Representative of the Publishing Council on the Bookmarks 2019 Committee and Editor of SABC News adds,  “The online publication sector is South Africa’s fastest growing in terms of media reach and the second biggest after broadcast audience. As a result, the Bookmarks Publishing categories have allowed for a bigger focus on excellence in online journalism. Judging will focus on online editorial treatment and content quality, and two new categories have been added: one for News Innovation and another for Best Online Journalist.”

A focus on business excellence

There is no doubt that digital interventions have the power to transform business, but our industry currently faces the challenge of creating a clear set of criteria for the measurement of success.

As we look to the future, it is the responsibility of the IAB, its members and the industry to create the benchmarks for business excellence in the digital economy. The Bookmark Awards presents the opportunity to develop measurement data to develop benchmarks for business excellence, and our current awards platform and data is a strong foundation for this to take place. This is why the Bookmarks have the potential to affect industry change.

For the 2019 Bookmark Awards, digital excellence and measurement are strongly interlinked.  Thandeka Mali, Representative of Brand Council on the Bookmarks 2019 Committee and Acquisitions Marketing Strategy Lead at Showmax SA says, “The hardest yet most exciting challenge for any marketer is to be a catalyst in turning real business problems into memorable effective creative magic – it is these tiny pixel-like strides that move our industry forward. No matter the size of your brand, the IAB SA Bookmark awards are a fantastic way to motivate digital creative excellence internally in your company.”

Why enter?

This is the time to come together to showcase cutting-edge work, compete and inspire each other.

Not only does it position your business as a digital pioneer and business leader, but your work also contributes to the bigger picture. The data and case studies you share will contribute to wider industry benchmarking, which will empower all South African businesses to thrive in the digital economy. We look forward to seeing your great work.

To learn more about all entry criteria and Ts&Cs, visit the Bookmarks website.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 12:30
Cape Town’s Air Access initiative was named runner-up for the Destination Marketing award at the annual World Routes 2018 Marketing Awards, which took place at the China Import and Export Fair in Guangzhou last night.

Nominated and judged by airlines, the World  Routes ceremony is highly regarded in the aviation industry for recognising the outstanding marketing services that have supported the launch of new air routes or the development of existing services.

Walking away with the Destination award was the Canary Island Tourist Board – Promotur, which oversaw a record 151 new routes in 2017.

Cape Town Air Access was shortlisted for the prestigious award following their win at  Routes Africa 2018, where the team was awarded best Destination  Marketing award as well as the overall Routes Africa award.

Since its inception in 2015, the CTAA  team has assisted in the establishment of 13 new routes and the expansion of 18 existing routes. During this period, more than 750 000 inbound seats were added to its international network.

“We are most proud of this latest accolade to be attributed to our Cape Town Air Access Team, and would like to  take this opportunity to thank our partners Bradley Brouwer from South African Tourism,  Enver Duminy from Cape Town Tourism, Deon Cloete from Airports Company South Africa, Lance Greyling from the City of Cape Town and Rashid Toefy from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism – for their unwavering support. The Cape Town Air Access initiative is a prime example of the potential that can be achieved when collaboration takes place across government and the private sector. We look forward to continuing to secure new direct routes and expand on existing routes,”  commented Wesgro CEO Tim Harris.

Brussels Airport was named the Overall Winner and also won the  20-50 Million Passengers category. Despite being located in the most competitive region of Europe, the airport managed to pass the 25 million passenger mark for the first time in its history.

Cape Town International Airport’s  General Manager Deon Cloete congratulated the team saying: “Cape Town Air  Access Air Access is a sterling example of the power of collaboration. The recent global recognition is testament to the fact that it has become a formidable global player. Our beautiful City, especially the Tourism industry has yielded significant benefit since its inception in 2015. Within the airport context, we will continue to play our role by ensuring that we facilitate air access into the region. We remain committed to delivering a quality experience with world-class infrastructure. Airports Company South Africa is proud to be a part of  the Air Access initiative and we extend our congratulations to the Wesgro led  team and all the other partners that work hard to ensure that we are visible on  the international stage – we look forward to working even harder to connect  Cape Town and the Western Cape at large to the world.”

Executive Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille said: “The City of Cape Town is proud of this achievement and of Cape  Town Access’ accomplishment illustrates how we can deliver on our goals to create a globally competitive city if all three spheres of government and the private sector work together. The growth of this partnership over the last two years has been encouraging especially with Air Access successfully attracting more flights and seating capacity between African cities and the world. As the  City of Cape Town, we are committed to continuing this partnership and further  competing with the best globally.”

“The Cape Town Air Access team, a  collaboration between government and the private sector, have changed the game in terms of accessibility to our destination. Their relentless pursuit of direct flights to Cape Town has yielded the addition of 1.5 million two way seats,  bringing job-creating tourists to our region. I am thrilled that we have secured this accolade, and congratulate the team and our partners in this project for their hard work,” concluded the Minister of Economic Opportunities,  Alan Winde.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 12:22
Here are five experiences to keep an eye out for at the Sands Expo once the 2018 edition of IMEX America opens, starting with Smart Monday, on October 15. The full business bonanza of the trade show runs October 16 -18.

Recent research carried out by MPI Outlook for the IMEX Group showed that more than two thirds (69 per cent) of event planners expect to include experiential elements in their meetings and conventions from now on, while a further 16 per cent plan to add them in a year or two. For the 5 per cent expecting to introduce them in three years or more, IMEX America is likely to prove that’s just too late; attendee expectations are higher than ever and growing every day, fuelled by exceptional live experiences now available at home and at play.

1. The MPI Carnival: New this year as part of Smart Monday powered by Meeting Professionals International (MPI), October 15 is an American style carnival. Experience magicians, jugglers and artists, LEGO furniture, balloon columns and carnival games. This magical Monday sets the tone for an energetic week.

2. C2 Learning Labs: IMEX Group’s newest partner, C2 International, the ground-breaking leader in business conferences, is tearing down creativity barriers with its Learning Labs. C2 is set to stir the imagination and disrupt conventional thinking. The C2 team will also be presenting a Masterclass – ‘Emotions and Technology: An Exploration of Audience Connection’ – as part of the MPI Keynote series at 08:30 a.m. on Thursday.

3. IMEX Live Zone: Sample a smile-inducing selection of interactive live event experiences. The Live Zone will be home to giant, mobile puppets, a VR zipline, digital caricatures, artists, jugglers, a Kinetic Magic Wall and a living wall. These concepts, some small and some mighty, can easily be planned into traditional event formats.

4. IMEX Tech Zone: This is a brand new testing ground for new event technology, where buyers can try out innovative products and ideas brought to the show by new or up and coming tech companies.

5. The Legacy Wall: For heart-warming and inspiring stories and case studies from exhibitors, attendees, partners and IMEX staff. This simple, walk-up wall puts this year’s IMEX Talking Point – Legacy – at the heart of the show. A good, old-fashioned analogue experience.

See here for a full list of the creative and experiential opportunities available at IMEX America 2018.

IMEX America takes place October 16 – 18 at the Sands® Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® in Las Vegas, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI, on October 15.

Registration is free.

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Monday, September 17, 2018 - 12:58
The latest trends, insights and the future of Agile Development in Africa will underscore this year’s sixth annual Agile Africa conference taking place from 1 to 2 October at the Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg.

Organised by Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE), this two-day conference features a power-packed line-up of cutting-edge discussions, new ideas, and best practice to thrive in the world of Agile Development.

This hugely popular conference will once again bring together a diverse community of South African, African and other international speakers.  There is an exciting programme of innovative and informative track sessions, workshops, breakout sessions and lightning talks.

Prof Barry Dwolatzky, Director of the JCSE comments, “We are exceptionally proud to be the title sponsor of Agile Africa for the sixth consecutive year and are equally excited to host a conference that is a pivotal indicator of the importance of Agile Development in the digital economy. Many organisations have embraced the Agile mindset as a way of dealing with rapidly evolving digital transformation.”

As in previous years Agile Africa 2018 will offer keynote talks from leading international experts. Participants can look forward to Sonja Blignaut on Enabling adaptive cultures: From Agile to agility; Selena Delesie on The soul of Agile; John Le Drew discussing The five pillars of project management; as well as Mitch Lacey’s thoughts on Leadership Agility. Bringing an invaluable African perspective to the conference will be the Sandra Kambo and Kaluhi Anzigale offering important insight on the growing Agile community in Kenya.

Just some of the topics to be covered in finer detail in track sessions include bridging the gap between Agile and ROI, DevOps collaboration, the challenges of legacy systems, and Agile transformation, among many others.

“Innovation and adaptability are becoming all the more important in the ever-evolving Agile space,” notes Dwolatzky. “This year’s conference is an ideal platform to share knowledge and gain valuable, practical insights.”

Agile Africa 2018 is committed to advancing Agile Development and providing a venue for ideas to flourish. Early bird tickets to the conference are sold out while a limited number of seats are still available. To secure your participation at this premier Agile conference, visit http://www.agileafricaconf.com.

Agile Africa is a community event made possible by a number of sponsors. Apart from the JCSE at Wits University (Title Sponsor), other sponsors in 2018 are IQbusiness (Gold Sponsor) and nreality, agile42, OfferZen and MpiloTech (Silver Sponsors). Various sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact alok.goswami@jcse.org.za or Ashleigh.Gormally@wits.ac.za for details. For all other queries contact contact@agileafricaconf.com.

The Agile community is also invited to participate in the 2018 IQbusiness State of Agile survey. This year, the survey focuses exclusively on the engineering practices and maturity of business agility within the South African marketplace and participants stand the chance to win one of five free seats at any IQbusiness Agile training to the value of R12,000. To complete the survey, visit http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4425848/Agile-Index-South-Africa-2018.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:09
Cape Town’s world champ surfers Jordy Smith, Mikey February and Frank Solomon join Wesgro to unveil the new #ItsAllStillHere tourism campaign.

The campaign – which kicks off with three short, sharable videos – profiles the Cape’s top surfing talent, natural beauty, and world-class surf conditions. It acknowledges that our region has suffered its worst drought in history, but shows how we’ve got through the crisis and that our extraordinary destination is “all still here”.

Each video features an internationally acclaimed local surfer explaining their personal relationship with water, and how the recent drought affected not only them but the province as a whole. The message across all three videos is a clear call to action: Cape Town and the Western Cape is a leading destination for responsible tourism, and adventure tourism, with some of the best surfing conditions on the planet, and is open for business.

In the films, our surf spots give a taste of our world-class attractions and scenery and show that our breath-taking adventure tourism experiences are all still here – waiting for tourists from around South Africa and the world.

Wesgro CEO Tim Harris commented: “As the tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, we wanted to use our most influential young ambassadors, who travel the world to surf, to remind global travellers just how special this destination is. In the films, they pay homage to individual Capetonians and local businesses that took it upon themselves to change their relationship with water to get us through this challenging period.”

Harris added: “We are immensely grateful to Jordy, Frank and Mikey who took part in the campaign free of charge. We are honoured to have such passionate international spokespeople for the city and province, who were willing to give up time between the World Surf League competitions to film with us.”

“When Frank approached us with this idea of using globally recognised local surfers to help tell the Western Cape story, we saw a great opportunity to tie in a positive message about water,” commented Judy Lain, Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer for Tourism.

“Jordy, Frank and Mikey were the perfect ambassadors for the face of this campaign considering their achievements and extensive social media influence and reach and passion for the province.”

  • Jordy Smith is hailed as South Africa’s top surfer and most successful – currently ranked fourth in the world and finishing runner-up on the World Surf League table twice. Despite being on the road to compete year round, he is locally based and a proud ambassador of Cape Town and the Western Cape. 
  • Frank Solomon is hugely popular and celebrated as one the Mother City’s top big wave surfers. No stranger to the camera, he’s the star of the Emmy Award-winning mockumentary ‘Let’s Be Frank’. Hailing from Hout Bay, Frank is passionate and actively involved in eco-friendly initiatives, and runs a surf project for underprivileged children.
  • Mikey February, the first Cape Town surfer to make it onto the World Surf League when he joined the world’s top 34 surfers on the tour this year, is already making his mark on the international circuit. He grew up surfing the waves in Cape Town and the Western Cape and his story is truly inspirational.

Instrumental to the success of the videos produced was Sledgehammer Studios – who managed to capture each surfer in their home environments despite the short run times, and Sacha Specker – a local videographer and photographer who generously provided additional footage of all 3 surfers.

Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille said: “We live in an ever-changing world and we work from the premise that the world owes us nothing. By positioning Cape Town as a digitally connected city that constantly innovates in every sector, we show our city as a place with incredible natural beauty, creative young people, and a diverse community. Tourism attracts thousands of visitors to our shores each year and showcasing a diversity of attractions will bring more growth and investment to Cape Town.”

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, commented: “This campaign not only highlights the scenic beauty and the amazing tourism opportunities that await visitors but also highlights the importance of mindful and sustainable tourism and tells the story of our water resilience in a unique way. Sustainable tourism and building resilience are key to preserving our tourism industry and ensuring that it can grow to benefit the people of the Western Cape.”

Please view and share the first video launched in the series using the hashtag #ItsAllStillHere. The first video features Jordy Smith and can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atYFfqwWt_g

Wesgro is funded by the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT).

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 12:28
WTM Africa’s dedication to both inbound and outbound travel within Africa will be further realised at WTM Africa 2019 to be held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre in Cape Town from 10 to 12 April 2019.

The launch of the WTM Africa International Exhibitors’ Dedicated Hosted Buyer Programme will see a specific collective of buyers that are involved in outbound travel from the South African market for international exhibitors.

“This new dedicated programme will ensure that out outbound international exhibitors can arrange appointments with potential Hosted Buyers in advance that are actively selling travel, accommodation and experiences to the African market,” explains Megan Oberholzer, Portfolio General Manager – Travel, Tourism & Sports at Reed Exhibitions.

Oberholzer furthers that the unique strength of WTM Africa as a trade exhibition has always been its quality hosted buyers. “We make sure that every Hosted Buyer application goes through a stringent vetting process in order to ensure they are legitimate and ready to do business with our exhibitors. Our matching process between buyers and exhibitors is testament to the quality of the buyers we have hosted in previous years, with US$365-million worth of business having been written in 2017 alone.”

For the first time, International exhibitors will be able to have dedicated one-on-one meetings that will form part of their exhibitor package.

This programme will include:

  • Buyers will commit to a minimum of 20 out of their 30 pre-scheduled appointments specifically with international exhibitors
  • WTM Africa will cover flight contributions and accommodation for these Buyers
  • Part of the programme will include additional networking opportunities where exhibitors and outbound Hosted Buyers can socialise in a relaxed setting after show hours
  • Exhibitors will also have the opportunity to share destination information in 45-minute presentation slots in the Destination Theatre

“WTM Africa is the only in- and outbound show of its kind on the African continent. We are excited to grow our outbound footprint on the show floor, whilst enhancing the value for our international exhibitors,” concludes Oberholzer.

To book your stand for WTM Africa 2019 or apply as a Hosted Buyer, visit WTM and register your interest.

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Monday, September 10, 2018 - 11:32
Based on H1 2018 figures from STR, Marrakech has emerged as a standout performer among key African cities in the hospitality sector.

In the first half of 2018, Marrakech’s ADR (average daily rate) increased 40.7% to US$195. Despite this considerable rate growth, the market also recorded a 12.3% increase in occupancy. In terms of RevPAR (revenue per available room), a technical measure used by hotel investors and operators because it takes in to account how full a hotel is, Marrakesh saw a 58.0% increase to US$124.

Thomas Emanuel expert in business development said: “Due to its proximity to markets where security concerns have hindered tourism business, Morocco’s hotel performance has suffered in recent years. As consumer confidence is returning to several of these markets, Morocco’s leisure capital, Marrakesh, has seen an increase in demand and hotel operators have managed to capitalize by driving rate growth.”

Another key African destination seeing notable growth is the Cairo & Giza market. In H1 2018, occupancy went up 10.1% while ADR went up 9.6%, reaching US$93.

In some other major African cities, the picture for hotels is less positive. In Cape Town, for example, occupancy dropped 10.8% compared with H1 2017. With the appreciation of the South African rand against the U.S. dollar, the market recorded a 3.0% decline in ADR in local currency, but a 5.4% increase when looked at in U.S. dollars, reaching US$151.

Occupancy and rates have also fallen in Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam. In Nairobi, occupancy dropped 0.6% while ADR fell 6.5% in U.S. dollars. Dar Es Salaam saw a sharper occupancy decline (-2.1%), but a less severe rate decline (-2.7%, in USD). Both markets recorded actual occupancy levels below 50% for the first half of the year, with Nairobi operating at 49.3% and Dar Es Salaam at 47.6%.

Recent increases in demand have driven occupancy growth as well as rate growth in local currencies for both Lagos and Addis Ababa, but looking in U.S. dollars the scenario is less positive. Lagos’ occupancy was up 10.3%, but its ADR dropped 7.6% in U.S. dollars. Meanwhile, Addis Ababa saw a 7.3% increase in occupancy, but an 11.6% decline in ADR in U.S. dollars.

Source: eturbonews.com

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Monday, September 10, 2018 - 11:17
The recently established Angola – South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACIAAS) met with Wesgro CEO Tim Harris to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that encourages the sharing of business support services between  Angola and the Western Cape.

CACIAAS is an intermediary facilitator for business exchange interventions, with the goal to promote a better business environment across all sectors in Angola and South Africa.

In addition to the MOU, Wesgro will seek to forge a relationship with the Private Investment and Export Promotion Agency (AIPEX) – an organisation appointed by  the Angolan Government to accelerate and facilitate the execution of private  investment into the country, as well as the Ministry of Trade – who are involved  in projects to support the economic diversification of Angola, and the Ministry  of Tourism.

Acknowledging the importance of these relationships for the Agency, Harris commented: “As the first port of call for foreign buyers, local exporters and investors wishing to take advantage of the business potential in the rest of Africa, it  is imperative that we forge mutually beneficial relationships with partner organisations. The recent  visa exemption for diplomatic and ordinary passport holders, as well as  increased direct flights, offer our companies great access to both markets and should result in a positive effect on business and leisure tourism.”

Angola remains a key trading partner of the Western Cape and has been earmarked as a priority market for wine promotion. The Department of Agriculture (DoA), Department of  Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT), Wines of South Africa (WOSA) and Wesgro has embarked on several wine sales missions, partnering with Shoprite and other companies in Angola.

In a bid to further promote Western Cape wine as well as the province as a preferred tourist destination, Harris launched the Life Taste’s Better in Cape Town campaign at a media briefing yesterday.

The campaign was conceptualized following an increase in the demand for South  African wine reflected in the market, with statistics revealing an increase of more than 27% from 2012 to 2017.  Through the promotion of premium South African wines, the Agency will look to entice Angolans to visit the destination and the numerous regions where the wines are produced, to experience first-hand the Province’s wine tourism offering.

Central to the campaign is the 5 Chefs – 5 Courses – 5 Wines event,  which will take place in Luanda at the infamous Espaço Luanda on 27 September.  The event will see five of Angola’s top chefs, prepare five courses that will be paired with five premium South African wines.

As part of the campaign, Wesgro will be working in partnership with South African Tourism (SAT) to host a series of educational sessions between Angolan tour operators and the South African tourism industry to build bespoke  Angolan tourism experiences in identified categories. In addition to this,  Wesgro and SAT will host media for a familiarization trip during the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, scheduled for March next year.

Executive  Mayor, Patricia de Lille, commented: “Angola is an important partner for Cape Town. We have a vibrant  Angolan expat community in the city and every year we welcome more and more  Angolan tourists to the Mother City. Just this June visitors from Angola increased by 22,6% from 2 813 in June 2017 to 3 450 in June 2018. Closer ties mean more investments flow between Cape Town and Luanda and this, in turn, will  create more jobs for all our residents.”

Western  Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, adds “Angola is a key partner for the  Western Cape and we believe that this mutual relationship will only strengthen as a result of the visa exemptions and increased flights. One of our Project  Khulisa goals was to double wine exports to Angola, and we are pleased that the  Angolan market has responded so positively to our exports. We believe there is real potential to develop this into a tourism opportunity, allowing Angolan  visitors to experience Western Cape wines, and all the province’s other  attractions at the same time.”

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Friday, September 7, 2018 - 13:23
September is Tourism Month and it’s the ideal time of year to enjoy exploring and experiencing Johannesburg in all its vibrancy and diversity.

Springtime in Johannesburg offers an incredible calendar of festivals, carnivals, business and lifestyle events, showcasing the city at its very best from art and leisure perspective.

Tourism Month is a celebration that highlights the importance of tourism and its invaluable contribution to South Africa’s economy, culminating on UNWTO Tourism Day on 27 September.

The City of Johannesburg has secured several top local and international events which will further cement its reputation as the ultimate business events destination – including the Second Urban Agri-Summit taking place from 25 – 26 September.

The line-up of annual signature events which the city supports, along with the flurry of leisure and lifestyle events which herald spring in the city include:

  • The Soweto Wine Festival (1 – 2 September), Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown
  • Ceramic Southern Africa (1-26 September) Museum Africa
  • Cirque Infernal SA (6-23 September) Joburg Theatre
  • Heritage Unity Festival (15 September) Mary Fitzgerlad Square, Newtown
  • The Color Run South Africa Carnival Tour (16 September) at Roosevelt High in Roosevelt Park
  • Alex Cultural Festival (22 September) Eastbank Hall, Alexandra
  • Great Braai Day Market (23 September), Emdeni Sports Facility in Soweto
  • Standard Bay Joy of Jazz & Jazzy Night Market (27 – 29 September) Sandton Convention Centre
  • Joburg Ballet’s The Nutcracker (5 – 14 October) at the Joburg Theatre
  • Janice Honeyman’s Snow White Pantomime at the Joburg Theatre  (3 November to 23 December)

The 21st edition of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz celebrates vistas of diversity with an all-star line-up that explores various musical traditions from across the world. The festival will kick off with a one-night-only set of performances by iconic headliners coming together to honour the memory of Hugh Masekela on the Dinaledi Stage.

What are the most popular tourist destinations in Joburg?

The Apartheid Museum, Sandton Square/Sandton City and a Soweto tour are among the top 20 attractions and landmarks visited in South Africa.

Johannesburg has several heritage, arts and culture hotspots which offer a variety of experiences for local and international visitors alike. Visit the Maboneng Precinct for a nostalgic evening of film at the Bioscope, Vilakazi Street in Soweto for a glimpse into Johannesburg’s past, or to Newtown and Braamfontein for bargain hunting and wonderful destination markets.

Among the many exciting things to do:

  • Visit the Apartheid Museum and Constitutional Hill.
  • Take a walking or cycling tour of Soweto or downtown Johannesburg.
  • Hang out in the funky Maboneng District and Braamfontein where you’ll find Joburg’s hip crowd exploring art galleries, theatres, bookstores, food markets, bars, speciality stores and more.
  • Adventure junkies love the bungee jump at Orlando Towers in Soweto, zip lining in Melrose and go-karting at Kyalami Race Track.
  • The City Sightseeing Red City Tour hop-on-hop-off bus takes visitors to some of Joburg’s most iconic attractions and is a must-do adventure for any visitor to Joburg.

When compared with other global cities, Johannesburg is one of the most affordable to visit for both domestic and international visitors, whether it’s paying for transport and accommodation, entry into the city’s many tourist attractions, shopping, or enjoying its superb restaurants, nightlife and cultural attractions.

How important is tourism to and in the City?

Tourism is an important economic sector for Johannesburg, which has a positive effect on the entire tourism value chain from accommodation providers to restaurants, transport companies, tour guides and curio shops.

Not only are we Africa’s Most Visited City since 2013 (according to the annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index), but we are also one of the most creative, innovative and inspirational destinations in the world.

We’d like to remind visitors that There’s More to Joburg Than Business and that Joburg is More Than A Stopover – and to use this opportunity to highlight our diverse leisure offering, encouraging all to explore, experience and enjoy Joburg while visiting to attend the exciting line-up of events.  Take the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our struggle icon Nelson Mandela; experience life like a local in Soweto or indulge in some retail therapy at our fabulous shopping malls and colourful destination markets.

There’s always something to get excited about celebrating in Joburg and the city recently cemented its position as a major global tourist destination when it was named as the Coolest City in the Southern Hemisphere by GQ Magazine (UK).  As this commendation shows, there’s definitely more to Joburg than business and our city is up there with the best, globally!

Visitors to Johannesburg are spoilt with a vast array of social, sports, entertainment and cultural offerings on offer. With over 9300 hotel rooms, excellent business connectivity, superior accessibility by road, rail and air – with 55 airlines linking Johannesburg to the rest of the country, continent and the world, the City of Gold is truly a mega offering of wonder, potential and excellence.

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Friday, September 7, 2018 - 12:36
The final shortlist of 12 entries for the 2018 Incredible Impacts Programme have been announced by BestCities Global Alliance and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

The Incredible Impacts Programme celebrates the ‘beyond tourism’ value of international association meetings to create a powerful platform to advocate their positive societal impact. A panel of independent judges from the association world will determine three meetings that have shown the greatest impact, and award grants of USD 7,500 on behalf of BestCities and ICCA.

Shortlisted associations represent a broad range of sectors including leadership; scientific innovation; humanitarianism; environmental issues; music; disease; disability, and child neglect.

Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities said: “The Incredible Impacts Programme is a showcase of global excellence of lasting legacies within the meetings and events industry. We have been overwhelmed by the work submitted, which demonstrates the breadth of impact being delivered by associations.

“A core goal of BestCities is to nurture and develop the purpose of events beyond traditional planning, focusing on vital areas including legacy development, sustainability and accessibility. It is hugely encouraging to see these values being replicated by associations the world over, who are making lasting contributions to the destinations they visit.”

Dennis Speet, ICCA Interim CEO, added: “This is the second edition of the Incredible Impacts Programme and the quality of legacy projects we have received is truly astounding. The variety of industries represented in the submissions demonstrates the wide-ranging and deeply positive impact that the work of international associations has when it comes to finding solutions to societal challenges.

“We hope that this year’s superb entries inspire other associations and meeting planners to consider how they can create a legacy with their meetings and leave a long-lasting impact on their host destinations.”

The final judging will now take place with the winners to be announced after 10 September 2018.

The final shortlist:

  1. Soroptimist International
  2. The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  3. European Association for Palliative Care
  4. International Council on Social Welfare
  5. Down Syndrome International
  6. African Women in Leadership Organisation
  7. International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation
  8. World Environmental Education Congress Network
  9. International Actuarial Association
  10. The International Society for Music Education
  11. Society for Ecological Restoration
  12. Union for International Cancer Control

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