The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) Board of Directors convened a board call earlier today to assess the impact that COVID-19 and the recently announced restriction has had on the business events industry.

Our industry has been adversely affected by the rapid development of COVID-19. The number of infections has increased substantially in numerous countries worldwide, leading to further restrictions regarding the hosting of events and congresses by governments and health authorities.

Considering this, the SAACI Board agreed that a weekly review on the state of developments inclusive of our consultations with sister Associations and the relevant authorities, a decision on the planned Annual SAACI Congress scheduled for July 2020 will be communicated.

We will provide members and the business events industry further clarity within the coming week on the approach we are considering after industry consultations.

SAACI would like to thank all our members and supporters for their cooperation and understanding during this time. 

On behalf of the SAACI Board

Kim Roberts

National Chairperson