Taking place at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways from 29-31 July, the 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.
A 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.