The 13th annual IAB Bookmark Awards took place today in a prestigious virtual celebration. Hosted by the multi skilled Selae Thobakgake and Merica Monamodi; the most thrilling and innovative digital marketing campaigns of the past year were announced.
The winners of the 11th edition of The Radio Awards were announced on today, Friday 30 July 2021, in an online awards ceremony hosted by comedian Loyiso Madinga. A total of 80 winners were celebrated across 30 categories.
Construction on The Capital Mbombela's R205m project, set to be a game-changer on the city's hotel and accommodation industries, is well underway with an anticipated hotel opening set for November 2021.
"The city hasn't seen any significant new additions to its hotel repertoire since development ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup projects," says Marc Wachsberger, managing director of The Capital Hotels and Apartments.
"Its status as a leading city in Mpumalanga, at the heart of the province's tourism and agriculture sectors, means that the time is perfect to build an exciting new offering that will be appealing to tourists and corporates alike."
According to a new NielsenIQ report, South Africa's latest liquor ban equated to a loss of R7,6bn during the four weeks it lasted (based on average sales - 13 weeks to end of May 2021 of R1,9bn per week).
Industry experts and corporate executives can look forward to engaging on and debating on opportunities and challenges facing tourism and the hospitality sector on the African continent at this year's THINC Africa 2018 conference, which takes place from 5 to 6 September at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town. According to Tim Smith, managing director of HVS and organiser of the THINC Africa Conference, events like THINC Africa play an integral part in growing tourism in Africa by positioning the continent as the next frontier in global hospitality growth.
"There’s a consistently negative stigma around travelling in Africa which has been snowballing for years. It’s time to change this false perception. Africa is full of authentic experiences and opportunities, both from a business and tourism point of view. We need to position ourselves correctly and draw attention to the positive experiences that can be had here. This kind of mindset is exactly what THINC Africa aims to do and we encourage industry players to attend and add their valuable insights to the conversation."
Smith explains that at this year’s conference, attendees can look forward to a host of insightful discussions with high-level industry experts including John Rabie, Director of Signatura, Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, and James Vos, the Shadow Minister of Tourism. "The conference has been set up over two days with two main discussion formats including plenary sessions and focused panel discussions. During the plenary sessions, speakers will discuss major industry trending topics including business sustainability, growth and expansion issues, operational leaders discussing trends and challenges currently being overcome in the industry along with the role politicians need to play in boosting tourism on the continent while garnering investment interest to develop the tourism sector.
"The focused panel discussions are in-depth discussions between panellists and delegates who will cover topics including the rise of branded serviced apartments and which of the African safari experiences are better, the Masai Mara in Kenya or Kruger National Park here in South Africa.
Further discussions will be had on the role of technology development in the industry and alternative hotel development concepts that are on the rise – what’s new, what’s hot and what’s trending – as well as how women are playing a more integral role in the many victories achieved in the African hospitality sector."
Smith concludes that through this conference HVS and THINC Africa aims to partner with the hospitality industry, developers and investors alike to assist in ushering this growth into the African hospitality development community together.
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