Become a member of Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI), and enjoy the numerous membership benefits.
A Symbol of Professionalism - Profit from displaying your SAACI logo, Code of Conduct and Certificate
As a member you may display the SAACI logo on your letterheads, promotional and other material. This will identify you as a professional in the field with the highest ethical standards. Experience has shown that clients give preference to SAACI members.
Code of Conduct
As South Africa is rapidly becoming a world conference destination, SAACI has developed a strict Code of Conduct. This ensures that membership is a valid symbol of excellence, benefiting your organisation. SAACI aims to balance the rights of conference suppliers with the rights of clients, ensuring the maintenance of excellence. Complaints can be referred to an arbitration committee for resolution, saving time and effort.
SAACI encourages members to display their Membership Certificate and Code of Conduct at their offices as a symbol of this professionalism.
SAACI paid-up members are included on the membership database. This is an invaluable tool for your use or for those seeking to work with members. Your organisation becomes widely accessible via a trusted source. Your information can be referenced via numerous sources.
The website is widely marketed and provides national and international exposure. Members get a comprehensive website listing allowing you to categorise your services. The information can be linked to your own website.
Opportunity to be a Member of MPI through the SAACI-MPI Alliance
Another benefit of SAACI is optional membership of a global events industry association - Meeting Professionals International(MPI). This global meetings industry community is committed to delivering success for its more than 22,000 worldwide members by providing innovative knowledge and learning experiences, connecting people and ideas and creating rich marketplace opportunities. Founded in 1972, the Dallas-based organisation delivers global human connections through its 68 chapters and clubs in 20 countries around the world.
In October 2007, SAACI entered into a historic alliance with Meeting and Event Professionals International (http://www.mpiweb.org/) Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) that allows members of SAACI to join MPI through the SAACI-MPI alliance membership. There is an additional cost for this SAACI-MPI membership.
Educational Events and Networking
Each of the SAACI regions organises social and educational events. These meetings provide an invaluable networking forum for SAACI members. They also showcase venues, products and services of members to keep industry updated on offerings and innovations.
SAACI Annual Congress & Exhibition
SAACI has an Annual Congress & Exhibition. This is held around July each year at different venues around the country, on a roster basis. Here you will be able to attend presentations by top local and international conference experts, and as well as a chance to meet your colleagues and exchange ideas. As a member, you enjoy preferential discount rates on accommodation, travel and conference fees.
By actively taking part in association meetings, you establish trusted relationships with suppliers and partners. Many successful deals are concluded through relationships forged within SAACI.
Free subscription to Publication
As a member you'll enjoy a complimentary subscription to the monthly Southern Africa Conference, Exhibition and Events Guide - a definitive source of information for the conference and related industries. Current subscriptions for non-members is R340 a year.
You will be listed in the Southern Africa Conference, Exhibition and Events Guide's Annual Yearbook - a definitive reference book for the conference industry, and receive a free copy. Every year, the June edition is in the form of a Yearbook detailing all suppliers of conference related services and products - an invaluable reference to the conference industry. This guide is widely circulated and is consulted by those seeking conference venues, organisers, and support services. Your inclusion defines you as a supplier of excellence and is an extremely valuable way of promoting your organisation.
As a member, for a fee, a catalogue is distributed at overseas events such as EIBTM. Confex UK as well as at Indaba in South Africa. The value of this is tremendous and has often led to business opportunities.
Voice your opinion
Get involved in the Association
SAACI encourages members, if they wish, to play an active role at all levels within the organisation. Voice your opinion and help improve the standard of the Conference Industry in Southern Africa.
Annual General Meeting
You have a say in SAACI! Exercise your right to vote. You have two votes in SAACI - one at branch level annually and another at Co-ordinating Council level every two years.