South Africa Tourism welcomes visa waivers for NZ

South African Tourism (SA Tourism) has welcomed the news from the Department of Home Affairs that New Zealand and six other countries have been added to the visa waiver list for travel to South Africa.

Citizens of New Zealand, Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, Cuba, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia will no longer require visas to visit South Africa. The waiver will take effect no later than the end of the South African financial year (ending 31 March 2020).

The announcement was made by the Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, during the Department of Home Affairs Budget Vote speech in South Africa on 11 July.

“This is amazing news and could not have come at a better time for the tourism industry,” said SA Tourism Acting CEO, Sthembiso Dlamini.

“As we look to achieve our 5-in-5 goals which are to increase international tourist arrivals by 4 million and domestic holiday trips by 1 million, the visa waivers will go a long way to assisting the increase of tourist arrivals into South Africa.”

“The visa waivers to countries in all of our key markets will ensure that we stimulate growth in the industry that is in line with the mandate issued to us by President Cyril Ramaphosa,” added Dlamini.


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Panorama Monaco by night

Case Study: Incentives in Monaco

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Discover the mysteries of Peru

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Buenos Aires, Argentina - Soccer

Sunday sessions in Argentina with Passion for Events


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Hong-Kong- Overview

Hong Kong has become even more rewarding!

Take your event in Hong Kong to the next level with a range of rewards available for meeting and incentive groups.

Hong-Kong- -Observation Wheel Hong-Kong- Peak Tram Hong-Kong- Dim Sum

Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong (MEHK) has recently joined forces with industry partners to offer a diverse spectrum of rewards for groups (as small as 20 guests) travelling to the dynamic city of Hong Kong.

Depending on the size of the group, the complimentary rewards range from welcome souvenirs and priority admission to world class attractions to evening cocktail receptions and incredible cultural additions.

Cultural Experiences

Dazzle your delegates by giving your event a distinctly Hong Kong flavour with a choice of the following spectacular cultural experiences & performances:

For groups of 51 – 100: Choose one cultural booth:

  • Chinese knotting
  • Chinese rainbow calligraphy
  • Flour doll making
For groups of 101 – 300*: Superior offer (choose one *):

  • Tai chi
  • Wing chun
  • Tea appreciation
  • Lion dance
  • Acrobat & kung fu show
  • Three cultural booths (grasshopper weaving, paper cutting and Chinese brush writing on fan)

(* or choose one group airport welcome for up to 8 guests.)

For groups of 301 – 700^: Enjoy the above superior offer plus Deluxe offer (choose one^):

  • Face-changing performance
  • Chinese quartet
  • Chinese drum show

(^ or choose one group airport welcome for up to 300 guests.)

Complimentary Hotel Reception

Choose from over 50 participating hotels* around town where you and your delegates will be treated to a complimentary cocktail reception. This is a great opportunity for touching base and networking with event participants over drinks, at the comfort of the accommodation of their choice.

Offer Details:

  • Complimentary cocktail reception for MICE groups at a designated hotel venue, with a selection of beverages (including beer, wine, soft drinks, juices etc.) and light refreshments for each delegate
  • From 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020
  • Meeting, Incentive and Convention groups with 51 or more non-Hong Kong delegates staying in the participating hotel for two consecutive nights or more are eligible for the offer

This fabulous offer is available at 50 hotels located in different parts of the city, ranging from luxury to high-quality budget.*Click here for full terms & conditions.


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Magical Malta


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Hosts Global continues record growth with new Texas DMC

Desert landscapes, cowboys, Native American culture, TexMex cuisine. Welcome to Texas, y’all.

Hosts Global announced its expansion into the Lone Star State with the opening of Hosts Texas, a full-service Destination Management Company (DMC) dedicated to producing group programs, including conventions, meetings, incentive programs and special events in Austin and San Antonio.

The opening of the Austin and San Antonio locations comes on the heels of recent DMC departures from these fast-growing markets.

“Hosts Global has a reputation of keeping a pulse on the industry, listening to our customers and expanding into regions where our clients need us,” said Marty MacKay, DMCP, president of Hosts’ global alliance of DMCs. “We’re exhilarated that our newest offices will allow clients to seamlessly craft thrilling experiences in two of Texas’ most charismatic cities.”

Michelle Crosby, CMP, DMCP and current president-elect of ADMEI will serve as general manager of the new Hosts Texas DMC and will continue to oversee its growth. Crosby previously served as director of global sales for Hosts Global and has more than 20 years of experience working in hotels and destination management.

“Hosts Texas is primed to activate amazing destination experiences showcasing all these remarkable cities have to offer,” said Crosby. “We’re here to help our customers with innovative group experiences that leverage Austin’s vivacious culture and San Antonio’s colourful history, with plenty of delicious flavours in between!”

Hosts Texas is now the eighth office location opened and operated by Hosts Global, joining Southern California, Chicago, Washington D.C., Baltimore, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Seattle.

“This continues to be a thrilling time and one of the most successful years for us,” said Jennifer Patino, DMCP, chief executive officer of Hosts Global. “This heralds Hosts’ newest chapter in delivering high-touch service, local expertise and boundless creativity to today’s planners.”

Whether you are creating an itinerary that focuses on one destination in Texas or planning a multi-city experience, Hosts Global has you completely covered across this southern state, with Experience Houston in Houston (Eastern Texas), Ultimate Ventures in Dallas/Fort Worth (Northern Texas) and Hosts Texas servicing Austin and San Antonio (Central and Southern Texas).

To learn more about Hosts Texas or for information regarding DMC services for meetings, conventions, incentive programs and special events across USA, Canada and the Caribbean with Hosts Global, please contact us.

Ireland- Belfast Titanic

Moloney & Kelly's Favourite Storytellers

This year, the theme of the St. Patrick's Day Festival was Storytellers which couldn't be better suited. A nation of storytellers, Moloney & Kelly list some of their favourites and how they can be incorporated into your incentive program in Ireland as well as some updates!

Their Favourite Storytellers

In Irish folklore, a seanchaí was revered all over the country - they were storytellers, the keepers of Irish history who would entertain with folklore, myths and legends. They have never lost the "gift of the gab" and some of their favorite Irish people over the years are adept at spinning a yarn. From James Joyce to Bono, Saoirse Ronan to Oscar Wilde - they just have a way with words! They love to bring characters into incentive groups to make them more memorable - whether it's a storyteller by the fireside nursing a whiskey or an exclusive chance to meet one of the only remaining Guinness family members, stories and storytellers are what weave a successful incentive program together. Contact us to see how Moloney & Kelly can make storytelling key in your incentive.

Grand Central Hotel - Belfast

Moloney & Kelly were absolutely thrilled to be able to host the very first guests that crossed the threshold into the long awaited Grand Central Hotel in Belfast's city centre. Standing at 23 stories, it is the tallest commercial building on the island of Ireland and cocktails on the top floor Observatory offer a stunning view over City Hall, the Titanic Quarter into the mountains and over all of Belfast. Part of the Hastings Hotel group, the 300 bedroom hotel was a welcome addition to the area that is now going to be known as the Linen Quarter with bustling restaurants and bars - an ideal incentive location!

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We'll always have Morocco

Laura Bradley from micenet has shared her views on the diverse and culturally rich destination of Morocco and why you should consider this country for your next event.




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Best value for money in the world - South Africa



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