SOUTH AFRICAN corporations and private sector businesses have copious possibilities to choose from when it comes to deciding where to hold their meetings, conferences, lekgotlas, bosberaards, indabas and product launches. South Africa gained global fame in the last few years as a global meetings destination of choice, from Musina to Cape Town it is geared up and ready to host corporate meetings of any size and all descriptions. Nomasonto Ndlovu, Global Manager of Business Tourism at South African Tourism has made it her mission to make sure that South Africa’s corporate meetings planners and corporate travel agents know as much as they should about the sheer variety of venues available right here at home for their corporate events. And the very best place, she says, to learn of all South Africa offers as a meetings tourism destination is to attend Meetings Africa in Sandton from February 28 to March 1 next year.Meetings Africa, she says, is the premier business tourism trad show on the continent. It is here, at Meetings Africa, that the South African meetings and events industry gathers to put their offerings on exhibit to an ever-interested domestic and global audience; to discuss business and secure reservations for upcoming conferences, meetings and events- sometimes opportunities up to three or four years in advance.”It really is the ideal networking and business platform for anyone whose business it is to take care of their company’s conferences and meetings. The variety and range of places and venues on offer at Meetings Africa, makes it the perfect place for learning more about all that South Africa offers corporate meeting planners. This is the place to meet people, make informed decisions around vital issues such as place, budget, facilities and after-meetings leisure opportunities that South Africa offers corporate delegates.”As the leading event of its kind on the African continent, Meeting Africa’s nine year history has allowed the platform to develop into the “must attend” event of the year for corporate meeting or event planners, Ndlovu says. The various products and services on display at Meetings Africa include South Africa’s world-class meeting and conference facilities, accommodation, incentive and team building providers who are backed by South Africa’s capability in transport, banking, telecommunications, award winning airports and adventure experiences. It’s where large convention centres demonstrate their world-class capabilities and facilities, alongside hundreds of small and medium meeting venues located across the length and breadth of a vast, beautiful and accessible country.