Sustainability reporting is all about reporting on things that matter in the business, says Grace Stead of the Event Greening Forum. “It’s about disclosing organisational performance for the goal of sustainable development,” she adds.
In 2006 South African Tourism (SAT) together with their partners defined a campaign that aimed to inspire everyday South Africans to exceed expectations in tourism.
Titled’ The Welcome Campaign’, the project aims to inspire all in the trade and tourism industry, and the average South African, to welcome visitors with a smile.
A few exhibitors and hosted buyers at this year’s business tourism showcase - Meetings Africa 2012 - shared their expectations for the event.
“We brought Harry the hominid along to Meetings Africa again this year to add a certain ‘wow factor’ to our stand,” says Trudie Delport, conferencing executive at Maropeng, the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.
South Africa’s National Minister of Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, arrived at Meetings Africa 2012 to applause and great fanfare. After a short walk around the exhibitor hall at the convention centre, and brief discussions with exhibitors, the Minister officially opened Meetings Africa 2012.
Meetings Africa – dubbed Africa’s business tourism lekgotla – is currently under way at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The focus of Meetings Africa is on networking to promote Africa’s business tourism industry.