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SAACI vision is to be the globally recognised professional association of the business events industry in Southern Africa and the strategic link for the public and private sector. 

We create a platform for:
·         Sustainable learning
·         Strategic direction (policies and procedures with whitepapers position statements)
·         Growing the business events industry through strategic partnerships, networking and lobbying

This is shared in our value system: integrity – intelligence – innovation – sustainability  

This is achieved by:

·         Professionalism through training
·         Stamp of approval: CPD system & vetting
·         Keeping current on latest trends
·         Partnering government and private enterprise to support vetted companies
·         Lobby on behalf of the community regarding issues effecting industry

Our benefits are structured within our 8 strategic pillars: 

1.     Community 

·       Belong to a forum that represents your business interest such as Conferencing and Events,
Services, Transportation, Technical, Exhibition and Destination Marketing.
·       Use of the SAACI logo to showcase your professionalism and connectivity in the industry
         (excluding individual members)
·       Share in member to member preferential rates and discounts
·       Have the opportunity to serve on the:

o   Local branch committee
o   Advisory board
o   Board of Directors
o   Programme committees and organising committees 

·       Discounted registration fees to attend the SAACI Congress:

o   A 2 and ½ Congress rotate annually throughout South Africa
o   Get in depth  information from the South African Ministry of Tourism, South African Tourism
     and the National Convention Bureau
o   Partake in the Members Choice Awards
o   Be recognised as in individual provincially and nationally in our awards 

2.     Intelligence

·       Sharing of best practices at branch events
·       Trends research and reports
·       Access to the quarterly Tourism Business Index and Tourism statistics
·       Partake in industry surveys
·       Latest news on our website from the industry at large  

3.     Academy

·       Members of the Convention Industry Council with access to Certified Meetings Professional (CMP)
·       Founding Member of The Council of Events Professionals Africa (CEP Africa)  

4.     Into Africa

·       Networking events in regional branches

o   Western Cape
o   Eastern Cape
o   Kwa-Zulu Natal
o   Northern Territories: Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, Free State and    Northern Cape

·       Be part of our global reach as we open branches in all nine provinces in South Africa with sub
         branches in existing branches
·       Grow with us as we expand our foot print into: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo,
        Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, United
        Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe
·       Opportunity to exhibit at Meetings Africa on the SAACI Business Events Services Pavilion

5.     Branding and Communication

·       Full listing on our:

o   data base (Website)
o   year book (published by Business Events Africa)
o   membership directory (published by Business Events Africa)
o   newsletter (once membership is approved)

·       Receive a free issue of our official journal Business Events Africa on a monthly basis
·       Receive our newsletter – SAACIMatters: Chairpersons overview, Chief Executive Officers head office
         update, interesting and latest news article, industry trends, international news and trade shows,
         member of the month, share your movers and shakers in “people on the move”, bids won.
·       Connect with us on our social media platforms and get daily updates 

6.     Stakeholder Engagement

·       Direct link to City, Provincial and National Convention Bureau
·       Representation on various forums in:

o   The Department of Tourism
o   The Department of Trade and Industry
o   The Department of Arts and Culture
o   The Tourism Business Council of South Africa
o   South African Tourism
o   Tourism Grading Council of South Africa 
     *Partake in the Lilizela Tourism Award
o   South African National Convention Bureaux

·       Direct benefits and discounts through:

o   Business Events Africa magazine
o   First National Bank
o   KWV Wines
o   South African Airways
o   Unique Speakers Bureau 

7.     Sustainability

·       Founding member of the Events Greening Forum (EGF)
·       Member of The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and
·       Signatory of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction voluntary accord for the tourism sector
·       Sharing of sustainable best practices in hosting carbon neutral events 

8.     Future Focus

·       Student membership for Universities, Universities of Technologies and Tourism & Hospitality schools
·       Member of the National Youth Council
·       Entrepreneurial support and training 

Additional benefits for Patron Members