21 June 2012

SAACI 2012 congress attracts top speakers

Top speakers will address the 2012 Southern African Association for the Conference Industry congress, being held at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways from 29-31 July 2012.

Wayne Johnson, SAACI National Congress 2012 chairman Wayne Johnson, SAACI National Congress 2012 chairman

Our programme will be cutting-edge, informative and even challenging – exactly what delegates will need to help ‘shift their paradigms’ – the theme of the congress. - Wayne Johnson, SAACI congress chairman

The 2012 Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) congress will officially be opened by Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, followed by a keynote address by Arnaldo Nardone, president of the International Congress and Convention Association.

Karen Kotowski, CEO of the Convention Industry Council, will give insight into the value of the certified meeting professional qualification, while Cynthia Schoeman, CEO of the Ethics Monitor, will deliver a presentation entitled ‘Ethics: giving a damn, making a difference’.

2012 SAACI congress chairman, Wayne Johnson, says the organising committee has, in designing the congress programme, responded to the results of a survey among SAACI members about the current, topical issues in the meetings industry.

‘Our programme will be cutting-edge, informative and even challenging – exactly what delegates will need to help "shift their paradigms" – the theme of the congress,’ he said.

An interesting panel discussion on the status of the South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) will be facilitated by Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, SANCB executive manager. The panellists are the heads of the country’s provincial convention bureaus – James Seymour of the KwaZulu-Natal bureau, Cheryl Mulder-Verbruggen from Cape Town, and Nonnie Kubeka from Gauteng.

Bestselling business author and scenario planner Clem Sunter’s address: ‘The world and South Africa beyond 2012 – latest scenarios, flags and probabilities’, will focus on the challenge for young people and the importance of job creation.

South African Tourism CEO, Thulani Nzima, will present the latest statistics and facts about tourism in South Africa. Other sessions will focus on service excellence, case studies of major events, and effective mobile and social media strategies.

‘To make sure delegates leave invigorated to tackle their business with a fresh approach, our show stopper - well-known MasterChef SA judge, Benny Masekwameng - will offer a taste of contemporary food and beverage at meetings,’ added Johnson.

Nearly 200 delegates have already registered for the 2012 SAACI congress. Delegates can register on the SAACI 2012 congress website.