21 Feb 2024

Meetings Africa: Shaping the Next Generation of Business Events Industry Leaders


South African Tourism, through the South Africa National Convention Bureau (SANCB), in partnership with the Southern African Tourism Educators of South Africa (TESA), is excited to announce the much-anticipated Future Leaders Forum, a prominent element of the forthcoming business events trade show, Meetings Africa. Tailored to engage and inspire young enthusiasts aspiring to excel in the business events sector, the Future Leaders Forum is set to shine on Business Opportunity Networking Day (BONDay), scheduled for Monday, February 26. This Pan African trade show, dedicated to Meetings, Incentives, Conventions/Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE), will grace the esteemed Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from February 26th to 28th, 2024.

With youth empowerment being a firm focus for the entire tourism and business events industry, the Future Leaders Forum is a meticulously crafted programme with ambitious goals of inspiring and guiding students towards successful careers in the dynamic business events industry. Over the course of two days, participants will immerse themselves in a transformative experience, fostering valuable industry connections, accessing top-tier educational content, gaining insights from seasoned professionals, and engaging in collaborative learning with peers.

As a unique opportunity for universities across the country, the SANCB and TESA, invited nominations of three top performing students from each institution to compete against their counterparts. Eligible students must be enrolled in NQF level 7 and 8 qualifications in Tourism and Hospitality, encompassing B-degrees, Honours, National Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma, and Diploma students. The selection criteria includes a keen interest in the business events industry, academic excellence, and an age limit not exceeding 35 years. The finalists are James Kgabo from Tshwane North College, Hlolohelo Zwane from Tshwane North College, and Anaïs Saayman from North-West University.

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Source: SouthAfrica

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