The Planner Guru Industry News Wrap | 28 March 2022

WATCH: Hot economic prospects for Destination South Africa, and new and exciting developments on the horizon for Africa!

After 64% of conferences and 36% of tradeshows between April and December 2020 were either cancelled, postponed or went hybrid, the South Africa National Convention Bureau’s Open Doors campaign is working to promote the country as an ideal business events destination. The campaign is driving a powerful message that South Africa’s doors are open for business by showcasing a range of sectors that are driving the country’s economy, in addition to highlighting some of the Rainbow Nation’s top cultural and heritage hotspots. Catch a sneak-peek of what is on offer by visiting

The construction of the Blue Amber development in Zanzibar is now well underway, with developers reportedly saying that the property will open in phases from 2023. Blue Amber, located in the Matemwe area around the North Eastern coast of Zanzibar, is said to be the largest development of its kind for Africa. The mixed-use development is recognised as a strategic investment project and will be home to international hotel groups, luxury homes and East Africa’s first Signature Championship golf course.

An eSwatini-based airline spearheaded by the Royal Eswatini National Airways Corporation has its sights set on the skies and intends to launch four routes by the end of June. The airline is expected to be an economic driver for Eswatini and play a key role in connecting the kingdom, significantly enhancing tourism and trade links in particular, in addition to having spin-off benefits such as job creation. The Kingdom of eSwatini, formerly Swaziland, is Africa’s smallest landlocked country and is roughly 800 km2 smaller than South Africa’s Gauteng province.

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