SAACI is Switched On in Durban
Event Africa Contributor 25/07/2019 Industry Events
The 33rd annual SAACI Congress takes place from 28 – 30 July 2019 at the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani in Durban. Here’s what to expect…
This article was first published in Event Africa Issue 4.
The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry is hosting their annual congress in the sunny city of Durban this year. Bringing together professionals from a variety of sectors including conference and event organisers, event management companies, service providers and industry stakeholders in government, venues, destinations, and more, the SAACI Congress is dedicated to raising the bar of business events in Southern Africa.
Quality keynote speakers dominate this year’s Congress programme, with the theme Switched On. These include Jane Stevenson, Strategic Director at Magnetic Storm and Managing Director at Magnetic Minds; Eric Szymanski, an award-winning American hospitality industry professional with extensive sales and marketing leadership experience; Thami Nkadimeng, Corporate Communications Manager within the mining and construction industry; and Miller Matola, Founder and CEO of Millvest, an investment and business advisory company focusing on the tourism, hospitality, business events and agribusiness sectors. Also of note are Sherrif Karamat, CAE, is President and Chief Executive Officer of PCMA; Yoadan Tilahun, the Founder and EO of Flawless Events, based in Addis Ababa; Lilly Ajarova, Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Tourism Board; Craig Duff, CEO of NewBridge; and Holly Duckworth, CAE, CMP, LSP – a trailblazing keynote speaker and applied mindful leadership advisor.
SAACI invites you to be part of a forward-thinking educational programme with 21 thought leaders. Delegates are invited to add their voice to the conversation in the 15 minutes of audience discussion time that has been added to the 2019 programme. There will also be plenty of opportunities to connect and socialise with peers and guests from around the world, some of who will be visiting South Africa for the first time. Exhibitors are invited to be part of the programme, with the expo segment taking place in Suites 1-5 of the Southern Sun Elangeni hotel from 28-30 July (with build-up on 27 and 28 July).