Best wishes to you and yours
In the stressed global economic environment, 2019 has been a challenging year across all industries, including the business events sector.
South Africa is no exception and indications are that we are not out of the woods yet!
Next year’s SAACI congress theme, ‘Welcome the Unknown’, could not be more apt as it cannot be business as usual in 2020. In fact, it will be business unusual!
Through robust engagement we may find some of the solutions we are looking for.
The congress will also embrace the youth, as the biggest challenge to growing our country and our industry is to disrupt the norm and make sure that the future of our industry is in capable hands.
At SAACI we remain fully committed to driving the business events industry across Southern Africa to new heights in 2020 and continuing to provide our members with tangible value to their businesses.
We thank our members and the industry for the tremendous support received in 2019 and look forward to even more collaboration to face the challenges of 2020 head-on.
We wish you all the best for a safe and restful festive season.
Glenton de Kock
Chief Executive Officer
Focus on association meetings in Africa
Over the last few years there has been a small increase in the number of association conferences taking place in Africa.
In 2018, Africa’s market share – as per the city and country rankings report of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) – was only 3,19 percent, with a total of 414 association conferences being hosted on the continent.
“This low number is a sure indication that there is a lot more potential for Africa to be active in bidding for and hosting association conferences,” says Esmaré Steinhöfel, ICCA Regional Director: Africa. “The continent still needs more countries to establish national, provincial or city convention bureaux. “
In order to shape the future and value of international association meetings, ICCA will launch the ICCA Association Community in January 2020. This will formalise the relationship with associations in ICCA’s global community and offer a platform where associations and suppliers can work on advancing
Esmaré Steinhöfel, ICCA Regional Director: Africa.
international and regional association meetings.
This anticipated closer collaboration with association executives from 2020 will contribute to the growth of the African association market and regional conferences.
ICCA membership in Africa has grown by 14 percent in the past four years. Members are currently only representing countries in Southern and East Africa so a focus area for membership growth in 2020 is the rest of the continent.
A key objective of the Africa regional office is to do more advocacy around association meetings and the professional, business, academic and economic outcomes they deliver.
“To achieve this, we will have to look at working closer with key industry partners, including SAACI. I am confident that 2020 will build on the increased awareness of the association meetings market in Africa as well as closer collaboration between African suppliers and associations,” says Esmaré.
SAACI has formalised its relationship with ECTA Creative Solutions to grow Project RISE, its skills development and job creation project for the events, hospitality and tourism industry.
RISE – Rural Incubation for Social Enterprise – has so far been focused in the Western Cape, with some special projects elsewhere, including exposure to the events industry at the past two SAACI congresses.
The key pillars of the project are personal development, entrepreneurship and foundational learning competence.
Basic skills are taught that help people create an income for themselves in the first month. RISE looks at both the short term and the long term effect – immediate income for the family while they are studying to either get a good job or create their own business. The biggest focus is the men and women who have not completed high school and are therefore unable to study through the SETA system.
In 2020 the project will be expanded countrywide and SAACI members will be encouraged to become involved.
Watch this space!
Welcome to new SAACI members
SAACI welcomes 24 new members who joined the association in November.
Conference & Events Forum
• Siboniso Zondi of Mzamo Emihle Trading Enterprise in Durban
• Mashupe Phala and Constance Manabe of Ladimash Productions in Polokwane
• Ann Papadopulo, Rahab Singwane and Yvette Mayime-Ngobeni of Travel Adventures International in Tshwane
• Phyllis Tshivhase of KT Holdings in Johannesburg
• Mosa Holomo and Omi Ruele of the Retrolex Consultancy in Tshwane
• Cornel Wasserman, Serr Synergy and Yoshni Singh of Europa Organisation Africa in Johannesburg
• Lesley Jennings and Tahira Tarr of GigCulture in Bloemfontein
• Lesego Kgeledi and Stephen Phogojane of Angicol in Stilfontein
• Tendai Spencer Mhlanga of Tendai Mhlanga Photography in Johannesburg
• Neo Seatle and Kutlwano Jasop of Cubicle Trading in Bloemfontein
• Enrico Lucas and Antoine Smith of HG Travelling Services in Cape Town
• Nolwazi Tyamzashe, Chumisa Vimbani and Toko Victoria Mnyango of Vitom Brands Communication in Tshwane
SAACI welcomes these new members and trust that they will find their membership most valuable.
Calendar of Events
▶SAACI KZN awards lunch
31 January 2020
Venue to be confirmed
▶ Meetings Africa
25 – 26 February 2020
Sandton Convention Centre
▶ World Travel Market Africa
6 – 8 April 2020
Cape Town International
▶ SAACI Annual Congress
26 – 28 July 2020
Indaba Hotel & The Canvas