#TourismRestart: Business Events’ Experts to share continuity insights at 2021 Africa Tourism MICE Masterclass

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Conveners of the Africa Business Tourism MICE Masterclass are gearing up for the 2021 edition scheduled to take place on 24 and 25 March 2021 in Johannesburg. It is expected to assemble internationally renowned business events’ experts to share unique business continuity and survival insights with Africa MICE industry stakeholders. This has been necessitated by the fact that most countries have relaxed travel restrictions, thereby allowing a re-start and rebuilding of Africa’s MICE industry.

Designed as the first hybrid Africa MICE Masterclass since its inception in 2018, this 2021 Masterclass will host a limited number of in-person attendees and virtual delegates were given the interactive nature of the programme in compliance with South Africa COVID-19 protocols. Most of the experts are of the view that this is an opportunity to re-start Africa MICE industry for physical attendance of the business events. Among the experts that will be speaking from the venue are Ms. Esmare Steinhofel – Regional Director: Africa, International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Nonnie Kubeka, Head Gauteng Events and Convention Bureau and Kwakye Donkor, CEO, Africa Tourism Partners. “It is necessary to start supporting the business events industry by being there in-person”. Says Prof. Nellie Swart (CMP) – Associate Professor, University of South Africa. Prof Swart believes that the Masterclass is an outstanding opportunity for the industry to learn and seek expert opinion on some practical solutions for alleviating some of the unprecedented challenges that the global MICE sector faces at the moment.

Being a Professional Development Programme, the Masterclass will focus on bringing together MICE stakeholders from across the globe to explore sustainable ways and interventions for industry recovery. Considering that there will be in-person participation, the 2021 MICE Masterclass aims to serve as a yardstick to measure the safe return of physical Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions and Events across the continent in the coming months. The programme is formatted to inspire, instil confidence and encourage the industry to slowly open up for physical events.

The faculty for this hybrid Africa MICE Masterclass will include esteemed industry experts such as Nelly Mukazayire – CEO, Rwanda Convention Bureau; Lee-Anne Bac – Director, BDO South Africa; Sumathi Ramanathan – Director Destination Marketing, Expo 2020, Dubai; Doris Parsons – Managing Partner, SRC Tanzania & Rwanda; Givemore Chidzidzi – CEO, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and Corne Koch – Head: Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau.

For registration and enquiries, please contact Ms. Rejoice Chishamba at: rejoice@africatourismpartners.com / +27 (0) 11 318 1741 / +27 (0) 81 303 7030.

About Africa Tourism Partners
Africa Tourism Partners (ATP) is a UNWTO Distinction Award winner and Pan-African tourism development and strategic destination marketing advisory ¬firm. ATP specialises in strategy formulation, master planning and strategic marketing development in the travel, tourism, hospitality, aviation and golf sub-industries. The ¬firm leverages the expertise it has established, global strategic partners and global networks to execute impactful and uniquely designed programs with measurable outcomes. wwww.tourismleadershipforum.africa

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