FOCUS ON INNOVATION AT SAACI CONGRESS IN JULY
The 2013 national congress and exhibition of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) will be held at the Boardwalk Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth from 28 to 30 July.
Themed ‘Create. Debate. Innovate.’, the congress will present an opportunity for delegates to address many of the challenges faced by the industry in 2013.
“In addition to our top class venue and facilities we are working with a very strong programme committee that is putting together an incredibly relevant programme that will not only inform, but challenge us to find the best path forward. ‘Take home value’ is what it is about,” says congress chairman Andrew Stewart (photo attached).
Stewart says the congress committee, made up of representatives of the different sub-sectors of the conference industry, is hard at work to make it a benchmark event.
“SAACI members have already received correspondence from us, calling for abstracts by 29 March and we will release regular updates over the next few months.”
Speakers already confirmed for the congress include Matthew Lester, Associate Professor at the Rhodes Business School, who will deliver the keynote address, Alec Gilbert, Chief Executive Officer of the Adelaide Convention Centre and industry veteran Dirk Elzinga.
Members can register online on www.saaci2013.co.za. Early bird registration closes on 28 May.
The conference is open to anyone with an interest in the conference industry – including venue owners and managers, professional conference organisers, corporate marketing and event professionals, event planners, public relations practitioners, exhibition organisers and suppliers of products and services.