SAACI Congress 2018

‘It takes a village’ and SAACI Congress 2018 welcomes business events industry members to join the village by attending the flagship event of the business events calendar. The SAACI Congress 2018 will be held at Misty Hills in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 29 -31 July 2018.



Raise Your Game

This congress brings together professionals from a variety of conference industry sectors including conference and event organisers, events management companies, service providers and industry stakeholders representing government, venues, destinations and more.

SAACI is focused on raising the bar in the business events industry across all member interactions and in DOING so, creating true, tangible value to our members and the greater industry in Southern Africa.


Registration is required prior to the congress.  This must be done before 20 July 2018, when registration closes.  All delegates must be fully paid up prior to the congress to gain access to the conference programme, networking sessions, awards evening and all the other great offerings lined up for this congress.


Fees are quoted in South African Rands (ZAR) and exclude 15% VAT.


Late Registration fee (1 – 20 July):

Member                              R5000

Non-member                    R6000

Payment methods include:

Electronic transfer

Credit card payment on request


Attendance of all congress sessions

Welcome function on Sunday 29 July

Awards Dinner on Monday 30 July

Farewell Cocktail on Tuesday 31 July

Access to the exhibition / sponsor area

Participation in great new, fun and innovative activities

  • Payment is due 7 days from invoice
  • Early Bird fees apply from 1 March to 30 April 2018
  • Normal fees apply from 1 May to 30 June 2018
  • Late fees apply from 1 to 20 July.
  • Registration closes on 20 July 2018
  • Cancellations must be made in writing to the Congress Secretariat on and cancellation fees apply :
  • Received 1 – 30 June 2018 – 50% cancellation.
  • After 1 July, and No Shows – 100% cancellation.
  • Refunds will be effected after the Congress, and only accommodation rebooked by other delegates will be refunded.



Lorraine Jenks



Septi Bukula

Osibi Management

Kyle Smith

Conference Consultancy South Africa

Mqondisi Gumede


Stephen Hickmore

 Hospitality Industry Recruiter


David Batzofin

Event MC

William Price


Kwakye Donkor

Africa Tourism Partners

Melanie Sillince

Core Competency

Corne Koch


Karen Kotowski

Events Industry Council

Dylan Kohlstadt

Shift ONE

Errol Ninow

Gintan Luthuli Associates

Rudi van der Vyver

Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI)

Lisa Jade Merven


Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo

Chief Convention Bureau Officer

Paul Martin


Colin J Browne

 Happy Sandpit

Mark John Cartmell

BrightGiants Ltd

Michelle Prinsloo

Omni Hospitality

Mbali Mahlangu

Isiba Le Africa


Great sponsorship opportunities to enhance your brand visibility within the industry.

Please contact the congress secretariat should you wish to sponsor something that is outside of the sponsorship prospectus.

Our Sponsors

Entrepreneurship and SMME Development

Legotla 2

Monday 30 July @ 14h00 – 15h30

Transfers & Accommodation


Hotel reservations must be made online through the registration portal.  Preferential rates have been secured at Misty Hills for SAACI delegates. Should you choose to book directly, the rack rate will be quoted.

We recommend all delegates and participants of the SAACI Congress book into the hotel to avoid missing out on the many networking opportunities available.


  • Single Occupancy – R1 450.00 per night bed and breakfast
  • Twin Occupancy – R930.00 per person per night bed and breakfast
  • Double Occupancy – R1 860.00 per couple per night bed and breakfast

All rates quoted on the hotel booking form are in South African Rands (ZAR), are per room per night, (sharing rate is per person) and includes breakfast and 15% VAT. The 1% TOMSA Levy is excluded and will be added to your final invoice on checkout.


Full payment is required to secure the hotel reservation. All incidentals are to be settled directly with the hotel upon departure.


Lanseria International Airport is the closest port to the Misty Hills Hotel and Conference Centre with just a 20-minute drive.

  • Airlines who fly in and out of Lanseria Airport

  • All major car hire companies have an office at the Lanseria Airport:

OR Tambo International Airport is approximately 60 kilometres from Misty Hills.  Unfortunately, there is no direct transfer between this airport and the venue.

Contact Us

SAACI 2018 Congress Secretariat

Ripcord Promotions

Tel: +27 (011) 482 2835