Countdown to Meetings Africa 2015

  • 30 January 2015 | Roela Hattingh
Mapungubwe World Heritage site's iconic golden rhino

There are 23 days left until Meetings Africa 2015, the continent’s premier business event trade show that holds the advancement of Africa as a tourist destination at its core.

This translates to showcasing Africa’s diverse service and product offerings, and facilitating networking, partnering and skills acquisition for African associations and African meetings industry professionals by means of events, workshops, seminars and presentations.

This year marks Meetings Africa’s 10th anniversary and with two awards from EXSA (Exhibition Association of Southern Africa) in 2014: Exhibition of the Year and Best Green Exhibition, it promises to once again exceed visitors' expectations. 

BOND (Business Opportunities Networking Day) happens on 23 February and presents an opportunity to rub shoulders with "African, international and local meeting and event planners, association buyers who organise international conventions, local corporate executives who book business travel and travel agencies specialising in incentive, business and conference travel,” according to Meetings Africa

BOND Day includes the annual Association Day (in collaboration with the International Congress and Convention Association); the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leader Forum (Africa); and the Council of Event Professionals (CEP) Africa Summit and an Event Greening Forum Conference.

Hosted buyers are expected from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Kenya, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA.

An exhibitor fact sheet, exhibitor information, floor space rates, stand packages rates, an exhibitor manual and a useful top 15 green tips for exhibitors are all easily downloadable. 

The keynote address by Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, on Tuesday 24 February at 8.45am promises to be one of the highlights of the conference. Hanekom is famed for referring to the tourism industry as “the new gold”.

If you operate in this golden sector, make sure you attend Meetings Africa and become part of transforming our country and our continent.

Meetings Africa 2015 will be taking place at Johannesburg's Sandton Convention Centre in Gauteng from 23 to 25 February 2015. For more information visit the Meetings Africa website.