See what the Cradle of Humankind has to offer at Meetings Africa

Posted on February 22, 2019 — Pakamani Nombila

The 2019 exhibition will bring together hundreds of exhibitors and buyers.

The 2019 exhibition will bring together hundreds of exhibitors and buyers. (Image: Meetings Africa)

The Cradle of Humankind will be exhibiting its product offerings at the Meetings Africa exhibition taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 26 and 27 February 2019.

The expo is set to showcase Africa’s diverse offerings to stakeholders in the meetings, events and business-travel sectors. Meetings Africa’s vision for 2019 is to tap into the international market, which has a growing appetite for Africa’s offerings as a destination of choice.

More than 400 hosted local and overseas buyers from multiple sectors are expected to join the exhibitors, including accommodation providers and event managers, as well as transport companies, conference centres and resorts.

The Cradle of Humankind will be there to showcase and sell its services and products, as well as to attend networking and educational sessions. The Cradle will be exhibiting at stand number K14, next to the Gauteng Tourism Authority’s exhibit.

Buyers, visitors and fellow exhibitors can look forward to finding out about the wide range of meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) options available in the Cradle of Humankind, as well as other services, hotels and attractions in the area. These include:

  • Maropeng is the official visitor centre for the Cradle the Cradle of Humankind, with a world-class exhibition dedicated to the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few mil­lion years. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through time to explore the origins and development of planet Earth, including looking at the evolutionary phases that have shaped the world into what it is today.
Discover more about the evolution of humans in the Cradle of Humankind.

Discover more about the evolution of humans in the Cradle of Humankind. (Image: Cradle of Humankind)

  • The Maropeng Boutique Hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway, or for companies seeking a convenient conference venue that includes accommodation. The hotel is just five minutes’ walk from the Maropeng Visitor Centre and only 10km from the Sterkfontein Caves.

    The small, luxurious hotel has 24 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 48 people at a time. It also has a specially equipped guest room for people with disabilities. Visitors will enjoy scenic views of the Witwatersberg and Magaliesberg ranges. Accommodation include free high-speed internet, breakfast and pool access, among other amenities.

  • Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary is a privately owned 7ha sanctuary west of the Hartbeespoort Dam. The safe haven is home to primates of different species, living in a setting as close as possible to their natural environment. It also plays an educational role in the community.
  • Heaven at Fountain Street Guesthouse is a small, luxurious guest house in Krugersdorp just 20km from the Cradle of Humankind, making it a perfect base for visitors looking to explore the region. It offers eight en-suite bedrooms; two kitchens; free internet; a flat-screen TV with DSTV connection; a mini bar; and secure parking.

Why exhibit at Meetings Africa 2019?

Meetings Africa provides the perfect opportunity for businesses to present their product offerings, meet prospective buyers, and rub shoulders with local and international decision-makers in the events and travel industry.

Like-minded businesses will have a chance to:

  1. Meet 400 highly qualified local and international hosted buyers

  2. Meet face-to-face with key decision-makers

  3. Enjoy targeted business matchmaking (online diary system)

  4. Network with industry colleagues across many sectors

  5. Launch new products and services

  6. Update the industry on existing products

  7. Participate in networking events and educational sessions

Meetings Africa’s online diary

Meetings Africa has added a useful new online diary  this year, allowing exhibitors to profile their businesses online and match them with possible buyers and decision-makers ahead of the exhibition.

This efficient, centralised tool and source of information will enable visitors, exhibitors and buyers to conveniently schedule meetings as they see fit.

Who else is exhibiting?

  • National, provincial and local tourism authorities

  • African tourism authorities and products

  • Convention and visitor bureaus

  • Conference and exhibition centres

  • Hotels and accommodation providers

  • Destination management companies

  • Event management specialists

Where are the hosted buyers from?

Each year, the South African National Convention Bureau invites select global hosted buyers in the business, events and travel industry to Meetings Africa. This year, the group includes representatives from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada and India, among many others.

Don’t miss this opportunity to put your business on the map and to meet industry peers and leaders from across the globe.