SAACI congress – huge sponsor commitment

THE 2013 SAACI congress and exhibition is enjoying huge sponsor commitment.

According to the organisers an array of companies in the tourism and special events industries has contributed to the event, either in kind or financially.

Set to take place at the Boardwalk Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth from 28 to 30 July, the congress is themed ‘Create. Debate. Innovate.’

Congress chairman Andrew Stewart said it is encouraging to see so many companies becoming involved.  “This is a congress about conferencing and business events – our bread and butter – so, in effect, they are investing in our collective future.”

Financial sponsorship has been received from South African Tourism and the National Convention Bureau, South African National Parks, Springbok Atlas, Travel & Trade Publishing, the Mandela Bay Development Agency and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan University.

Sponsorship of product or services has been received from Centrestage, Conference Communications, Angelic Wonders, the Boardwalk Convention Centre, EXBO, Expo Solutions, Function Warehouse, Green Room, IML, Meridien Wines, South African Airways and Steadfast Greening.

Mr Stewart said congress delegates can not only be assured of the best content in terms of speakers and topics, but the staging of the event will be state-of-the-art and professional.  “This event should display the best that is available in the industry and we thank our partners who are making it possible for us to do so.”

He said the congress hotels are all within 50 to 500 metres form the Boardwalk Convention Centre.  “There should be no unnecessary transport delays and the proximity of venues and hotels will give delegates more time to network and interact.  It will also reduce the carbon footprint of the event.

“Our organising committee has been hard at work to make this a memorable event.  We want delegates to go home informed and refreshed, with renewed vigour to tackle the challenges they face in their businesses.”

Last-minute decision makers can still register for the congress on