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Mice Net : August 2008
Route of the African Sun Sun International has taken full advantage of inspired environments to create the finest hotel conference venues in Southern Africa. The group’s hotels have the most up-to-date facilities tailored to the needs of their conference guests. Excellent service from friendly and experienced hotel conference personnel allows delegates and hosts the opportunity to relax, knowing that that their conference will run seamlessly and to plan. Sun International offers a pre-eminent collection of five-star hotels in prime locations in all major Southern African destinations. From the picturesque Cape to the majesty of the Ezulwini Mountains in Swaziland, to the awesome beauty of Zambia to the coastal magic of the Wild Coast, and the immense splendour of the Sun City Resort. Sun International takes pride in keeping the local character and individuality of their hotels and resorts alive. Combined with service excellence, adventurous sport and leisure activities, superior conference and meeting facilities, Sun International presents the ultimate conference and incentive destination. www.suninternational.com Bay. We are seeing strong group bookings for next year and in 2010 when we host the World Cup.” South African Airways presently flies five times a week from Perth direct to Johannesburg and five times a week from Sydney. In November SAA will introduce new A340-600 aircraft into Perth. “SAA offers the fastest, most direct way of getting to South Africa with the best forward connections to anywhere on the African continent,” Mr Krishna says. Forward bookings As Ms Masisi outlined, business is looking strong for South Africa from 2009 and beyond. The latest confirmed events include: IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, 2009 - 5000 pax (Cape Town); International Conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors, 2009 - 2500 pax (Johannesburg); Congress of the International Council of Nurses, 2009 - 4000 pax (Durban); FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2009 - 8000 pax (Cape Town); Congress of the International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology, 2010 - 1000 pax (Cape Town); World Congress of the International Union of Food Science and Technology, 2010 – 1000 pax (Cape Town); International Congress of Pediatrics, 2010 - 4000 pax (Johannesburg); World Social Security Forum (2010) - 1500 pax (Cape Town); International Congress of Midwives, 2011 - 3000 pax (Durban); Science Centre World Congress, 2011 - 1000 pax (Cape Town); World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing, 2012 - 1500 pax (Durban); Congress of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, 2013 - 1800 pax (Cape Town). To find out more about meetings and incentives in South Africa visit South African Tourism at www.southafrica.net. For more information on South African Airways telephone 1300 435 972 or visit www.flysaa.com. At a glance Weather South Africa has a warm to hot climate, making it one of the best year-round destinations in the world. Visa requirements No visa required for individuals travelling on valid Australian passports. Language There are 11 official languages, including English. Most South Africans are multi-lingual and English is widely spoken, notably in urban centres. Key contact Eric Baravilala Business Tourism Manager - Australasia South African Tourism (02) 9261 5000 email@example.com www.southafrica.net mice.net 115