The Planner Guru Industry News Wrap | 15 November 2021

WATCH: With several exciting announcements, this week’s not-to-be-missed episode of The Planner Guru’s Industry News Wrap is a showcase of an industry on the move and one that is open for business!


The Events Industry Council, an industry body dedicated to the advocacy, research, professional recognition, and standards of business events, has launched its CMPs Fellows Programme. The programme seeks to recognise and reward Certified Meetings Professionals who continue to contribute to toward the betterment of the events community. Fellowship is open to individuals who have been CMPs for at least 10 years or Emeritus who can provide evidence of their experience within the events industry. Applications for next year close on January 31st, 2022.


The Ghana Tourism Authority announced last week that it will be prioritising infrastructure within the country to position it as a MICE hub within West Africa. Currently, Ghana lacks sufficient facilities for larger capacities, however, Allied Market Research forecasts that the global MICE market will be worth $1.3 trillion by 2028, and with a compounding annual growth rate of 21.3% this is seen as a major and growing economic opportunity for the West African nation.


Lastly, following the cancellation of two of our industry’s most prominent events due to the Covid-19 pandemic, an exciting announcement was made last week that Meetings Africa and Africa’s Travel Indaba will return in 2022. Meetings Africa will take place from the 28th of February to the 2nd of March next year at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, while Africa’s Travel Indaba will be hosted from the 2nd to the 5th of May 2022 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. Both events will also offer virtual attendance.

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