Glenton de Kock new SAACI CEO

SAACI has appointed Glenton de Kock as its new chief executive officer.

Previously Glenton was Chief Executive Officer of Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, where he was responsible for strategic leadership and the development and execution of business strategies. 

He has also worked as business support advisor for RV Footwear, as project manager at the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber and as an independent consultant in hospitality, leisure and tourism.

He holds a national diploma in Sport Administration and Marketing and is enrolled for an MBA at the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan University Business School.

Kim Roberts, Acting Chairperson of SAACI says Glenton brings extensive knowledge of and experience in the tourism sector to the association. “I believe his appointment makes for perfect synergy and we look forward to working with him.”

“I am looking forward to engaging with the SAACI membership, our national strategic partners and the broader hospitality, leisure and tourism community,” says Glenton.

“I believe there is great scope to increase association meetings and enhance the return on investment for members, their trade shows and business events. I am keen to contribute to the growth and development of SAACI and business tourism in the coming years,” he says.

Wayne Smith – update

Following the disappearance of SAACI’s chairperson, Wayne Smith on 12 June 2019 and intensive investigations by the South African Police Service and private investigators, three suspects have been arrested, charged with kidnapping and robbery and bail has been denied. Their next court appearance is on 12 September where, in all likelihood, the case will be referred to the high court. Meanwhile, SAACI continues to support Wayne’s partner, family, friends and colleagues and hopes for his safe return.

Welcome to new SAACI members

A total of 13 members joined SAACI in August.

Five members joined the Conference & Events Forum. They are Busisiwe Ruda of MilaWetu Projects and Exhibitions, Siboniso Mncwabe and Mncedisi Zulu of Orap Events and Hire, Nthipi Modiba of Mod Events Planning and Nadege Shipley of Shipley Global Events.

Three members joined the Technical Forum. They are Wiebren Boersma of Kingdom Ministries International and Rudzani Dzuguda and Lufuno Makungo of Dzuguda Digital.

In the Transport Forum Goodman Nkosi and Nozipho Maluka of Inkosi Tours & Transfers joined, while in the Venue Forum the new members are Tebogo Ramashi and Christeen Tait of the Cradle Boutique Hotel.

Jerry Ramodike of Molaetsa Media is a new member in the Services Forum.

SAACI welcomes these new members and believes they will find their membership truly valuable.

Notice from National Office

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National Treasury highlights tourism plans

The tourism sector can drive labour-intensive growth and help to combat South Africa’s high levels of unemployment.
This was stated in a new policy document released by South Africa’s National Treasury, titled ‘Economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness’.

The document names tourism as one of the key sectors that can deliver inclusive growth through its labour absorption potential.

Tourism accounts for 9.8 percent of South Africa’s total employment, up from 6.5 percent in 1995, as well as a similar share of the GDP, the document points out. Tourism industries in South Africa provided a gross direct value-add amounting to R198.7bn in 2014, and R210bn in 2015.

The Department of Tourism, in terms of the Updated Tourism Sector Strategy, is aiming to increase tourism’s total contribution to GDP to R948bn, and increase the number of direct and indirect jobs supported by the sector to 2.2m by 2026.

The document also names several interventions that can improve South Africa’s tourism competitiveness. The first is the need for greater budgetary support for tourism agencies, with measures introduced to protect their budgets from the negative impact of currency fluctuations, given their impact on marketing in foreign destinations.

The second is that the Department of Tourism should increase the level of support to tourism firms so that they can properly navigate the highly regulated business environment.

The third point is the amendment of South Africa’s visa regulations to ensure a better balance between security concerns and growing the tourism sector.

Finally, the document states that proposals for the reintroduction and enhancement of the Tourism Safety Initiative must be adopted, with highly visible policing in tourist hotspots as this can address the perception of South Africa as an unsafe destination.

The document is available on – Towards an Economic Strategy for South Africa. Citizens may comment to by 15 September 2019.

Top Women in MICE awards announced

A total of 29 women in the MICE industry have been awarded for exceptional performance in 2019.

The winners are Adele Eloff, Arnolette Freeks and Olivia Bruce of the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Angeline van den Broecke of Convex Malaysia, Angelique Smith of Event Synthesis, Candice Smith of Hiside Incentives, Cindy Perreira Buser of Mirchee Destination Management, Debbie Holmes and Yolanda Woeke of Dragonfly Africa, Emily Naidoo and Emma Kumalo of Potters Hand Activations, Gill Gibbs of bluCube Design, Jane Steel and René Fielies of Scan Display Solutions, Janine Abrahams of Tourvest Incentives Meetings and Events, Keke Matlou of In Any Event, Kim Weber of the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel, Leigh Miller of Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, Letta Madlala of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, Lindsey Verfaillie of the Durban International Convention Centre, Megan Oberholzer of Reed Exhibitions, Michelle Beckmann of Fizz Marketing, Nicole East and Thabang Phetla-Banda of Compex, Nitta Sukha of South Africa Tourism, Paula Jorgensen of Travel and Explore, Sam van den Berg of Super Sam, Sannikie Makgakga of the Gallagher Convention Centre and Teresa Jenkins of Litha Communications.

Special recognition awards were also made to Craig Newman of the Johannesburg Expo Centre as Mentor of the Year, Sun International was awarded as Enterprise Team of the Year, Irene Costa, editor of Business Events Africa is the Newsmaker of the Year, while Lorraine Jenks, owner of Hotel Stuff and Green Stuff received the Lifetime Achievement award.

Business Events Africa editor Irene Costa is the MICE industry’s Newsmaker of the Year.

“These awardees develop the next generation of female movers and shakers in MICE,” said Jacques Breytenbach, 3S Media’s General Manager.

“They are awarded because they are giving across all spheres of their lives on a daily basis.”
The awards, managed by 3S Media, were launched in 2014.

SAACI’s winning team

The winners of the SAACI 2019 awards were announced at the recent annual congress in Durban.

The Fellowship award went to Nick Papadopoulos. The award recognises long service and a special contribution to SAACI.

The Young Achiever award was made to Minister Kganyago. The award recognises Minister’s outstanding contribution to SAACI and his high level of commitment, dedication and influence in the industry.

The Members Choice award in the venue category went to Century City Conference Centre and Hotel.

The Members Choice award for the Best Conference and Events Organiser went to Lorin Bowen Business Events and Ultimate Data Sciences was awarded with the Members Choice award for best supplier.

Tshwane was awarded as the SAACI 2019 Branch of the Year.

“Congratulations to all the winners – you make a difference to SAACI’s overall performance,” said SAACI’s Acting Chairperson, Kim Roberts.

“Healthy competition sets SAACI members apart and helps raise the bar in our drive for ever-improved service to the industry,” said Kim

Calendar of Events

▶ PCMA European Influencers Summit

22 – 24 September 2019
Barcelona, Spain

▶58th ICCA Congress

27 – 30 October 2019
Houston, USA

▶IBTM World

19 – 21 November 2019
Barcelona, Spain

▶ Meetings Africa

25 – 26 February 2020
Sandton Convention Centre

SAACI Events

▶ Johannesburg Branch event

(Open industry discussion)

17 September 2019
Birchwood Hotel & Conference Centre

▶ KZN Branch event
(Halloween/Scary Tales of the Industry)

31 October 2019
Venue to be confirmed

▶ Johannesburg Branch year-end event

22 November 2019
Venue TBC