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Mice Net : June 2009
meetings africa What they said… WaynE WarD RADISSON SAS ExHIBITOR “I think it was a lot more successful than last year. We’ve had a lot of interest Ovation Global DMC - International destination management company Ovation Global announced the launch of its South African branches at this year’s tradeshow. The team will be led by industry veteran David Sand and will operate out of two offices, one in Johannesburg and the other in Cape Town. For more information go to www.ovationdmc.com CTICC - Cape Town International Convention Centre is planning to become even bigger and better with an extension to its existing space. The new building will include more exhibition space and will be located across the road at the old Customs House site. For more information go to www.cticc.co.za What was unique… Cradle of Human Kind - South Africa as a destination is one-of-a-kind, so it was no surprise to find exhibitors such as the Cradle of Human Kind. This world-heritage listed site is made up of caves that date back millions of years. Groups can learn more about the site’s history at the Maropeng Visitor Centre where guests can experience a virtual cave and view stone tools which are up to one million years old. Corporate groups can also meet in the Maropeng Conference Centre, which can cater for groups of up to 350. For more information go to www.maropeng.co.za. Green Baobab Gifts - This company does more than just sell interesting African gifts, it assists small businesses, local communities and artists. Green Baobab Gifts actively supports sustainable initiatives within disadvantaged communities and uses environmentally sound packaging to boot! The lanyards supplied at this year’s Meetings Africa were made by Green Baobab Gifts and featured recycled glass beads handcrafted by rural communities at Hlulani Farm in Mpumalanga, South Africa. For more information go to www.greenbaobab.co.za. Next year’s event is scheduled for February 24-26, 2010. For more information go to www.meetingsafrica.co.za. for groups coming through and international travel, and there’s also been a lot of corporate travel as well. The interest has been with group sizes of 30 to about 60. We’ve definitely had some quality buyers come through and there’s been great interest and with the Meetings Africa contingent staying at our hotel we’ve had a lot of interest from that as well. We’ve had some good leads, nothing is confirmed as yet, but I think once buyers leave and look at what information they have that’s when the enquiries will start coming in.” SHaHEEn JuTzEn CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE ExHIBITOR “It’s been quite a successful show, with a lot of quality buyers and leads for business into 2010.” MarLEnE Wan CARLSON MARKETING SINGAPORE HOSTED BuyER “For me it was educational as I learnt quite a bit on what we can do in South Africa, besides the safari. For my clients it [South Africa] would be more an incentive destination.” mice.net 119