Month: June 2015

Pretoria, South Africa, 30 June 2015: The Tourism Business Council of South Africa and its partners in organising the annual Hospitality Investment Conference Africa (HICA) are inviting members in academia and in the public to submit hospitality research papers to be showcased at this year’s conference.

This year’s HICA conference will take place from Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th September at The Hilton hotel in Sandton (Johannesburg), South Africa. HICA focuses on a broad range of contemporary topics relevant to the businesses of hospitality, tourism, and related fields (Real Estate Development, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources etc.). HICA wishes to give opportunities to academia to showcase their research work and to network with industry leaders from regional Africa and internationally. Therefore, proposals are hereby solicited from faculty members, post-graduate students and/or undergraduate honours students who have conducted research work in the hospitality sector and wish to showcase it at the HICA 2015 conference.

The primary objective of this initiative is to provide a platform for reporting “state-of-the-art” research in hospitality and tourism and related fields, with an emphasis on innovative developments in concepts, models, theories, and/or research methods especially in sub Saharan Africa. Practical applicability of findings to the industry will be highly valued. This initiative is open to papers based on COMPLETED research studies. Papers based on completed Master’s theses or honours/class projects are also acceptable. To be selected, papers must solidly demonstrate sound theoretical development, proper research design, pertinent data collection methods, appropriate and relevant data analyses and exhibit a possible solution to real-world problems.

“As the leading hospitality conference in Africa, HICA is providing a wonderful opportunity for academics to present their completed research work to this extraordinary group of conference delegates representative of all areas of the hospitality industry; says Conference Chair and TBCSA CEO, Mmatšatši Ramawela. We see this as our way of providing a platform for academia to share their research and recommendations in solving some of the industry challenges, or inspiring innovative change with some of the industry’s leading role players”.

Submissions should be Conceptually-based or Empirically-based. The authors will be required to make the necessary preparations and arrangements for the requested presentation format. The judging criteria for submissions will be primarily on the following:

  • Overall quality (design of the study, development of the concept, etc.);
  • Clarity, articulation and ease of comprehension of the paper;
  • Significance of the contribution to the discipline;
  • Interest to HICA participants and/or,
  • Practical applicability of findings to the industry.

All submissions/papers need to meet the formatting guidelines specified in the HICA Paper Template that can be accessed on the HICA website or by email on .

Fully completed submissions are to be made to:
Vincent Joyner at The deadline for all Submissions is 31 July 2015.

Those who are interested in attending the annual Hospitality Investment Conference Africa (HICA), please take note that registration is now open. To download the conference programme and to register, please visit

The Hospitality Investment Conference Africa (HICA), in its 9th year, is an annual conference that focuses on a broad range of contemporary topics relevant to the businesses of hospitality, tourism, and related fields (real estate development, finance, marketing, I.T., human resources etc.) on the African continent at CEO or similar level.

HICA seeks a more active interaction with the academic community (faculty members, post-graduate students and/or undergraduate honours students) and endeavours to provide an opportunity to showcase the most inspiring work and research to industry leaders.

Deadline for submission is Friday 31st July 2015 at midnight (Johannesburg time).

Please feel free to pass this Call for Research Papers onto your colleagues and students as well as other institutions.

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The 9th annual Hotel Investment Conference Africa, fondly known as HICA, will this year broaden its view of the hospitality sector across sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on who’s behind the deals, growth markets, technology partners and trends driving profitability.

Hosted under the auspices of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), the conference will take place at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, from 9 to 11 September.  HICA continues its long-standing association with Pam Golding Hospitality, and is this year supported by HDG Advisory and Hospitality Investment Partners Africa.

As the leading hotel investment conference in sub Saharan Africa, HICA assembles the region’s senior hospitality professionals, international hoteliers, investors, developers and top public sector leaders from across the region. This conference is about decision makers rubbing shoulders, generating new business, doing deals and creating opportunity.

“In preparation of this year’s programme and topics, we conducted a survey amongst industry professionals and past participants to get their feedback on what they want to see and get out of HICA 2015 says Conference Chair and TBCSA CEO, Mmatšatši Ramawela. “We took notice, have embraced this feedback and introduced exciting sessions and events to make this year’s conference worth your participation”.

Ramawela added that after many years of paying explicit attention to the hotel sector, this year’s programme has a broader scope which includes other key aspects of development, technology and deal structures impacting the hospitality sector.

“Just in the past year alone, we’ve witnessed a remarkable shift in the market, with local and international hotel brands jockeying for market share and establishing unique partner alliances that are providing growth opportunities in countries such as Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa.  This dynamic has not only had an impact on the hotel industry but the broader hospitality sector, including the restaurant industry, the conference market and the mixed use development space.  Hence our conference theme – Growth Through Partnerships – which puts the spotlight firmly on recent acquisitions, takeovers, buy-outs and co-branding collaborations which are beginning to shape the growth and development of the sector in the region”.

One of the highlights of HICA 2014 was a plenary session on the Marriott/Protea Hotel acquisition, which featured Marriott International’s MEA region Chief Operating Officer Mark Satterfield and Protea Hotel’s former Group Chief Executive Officer Arthur Gillis on stage. HICA 2015 will take such discussions a notch up, to uncover who is behind these deal-changing partnerships; what are the winning formulas defining success and how can potential investors find synergy through the establishment of new business alliances

Article Source: The SA Leader

Registration is open for the ninth annual Hospitality Investment Conference Africa, which will be held at the Hilton Hotel Sandton, Johannesburg, from September 9-11.

The conference programme will focus on new business alliances in the African hospitality sector, growth through partnerships and acquisitions, takeovers and co-branding.

Africa’s leading hospitality professionals, international hoteliers, investors and senior public sector leaders will all attend.

Article Source: Tourism Update

The new visa regulations for child travellers have had the biggest impact on children entering South Africa from neighbouring countries and not from traditional tourist markets‚ the Department of Home Affairs said on Wednesday.

The department held the briefing to release arrivals statistics following the release of a study by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa‚ which estimated that the new regulations would cost South Africa R1.4-billion and cut tourist numbers by 100 000 this year.

The report cites two specific regulations for the drop‚ namely that anyone travelling with a minor have an unabridged birth certificate and the consent of both parents‚ and that those applying for a visa to South Africa must do so in person to have biometric data captured.

But Home Affairs DG Mkhuseli Apleni said on Wednesday that there had been a drop of about 20 000 people travelling to South Africa between June 1 and 22 this year‚ compared with the same period last year.

He said it was too early to tell what the major cause of this was‚ but pointed to economic changes and perceptions around Ebola as possible contributing factors. He was at pains to point out that arrivals from the United States and the United Kingdom‚ the fourth- and fifth-biggest arrivals in South Africa‚ had remained stable. However‚ the number of children arriving in and leaving South Africa dropped considerably from 80 103 last year to 56 295 this year.

The number of children refused entry also increased from just 61 in 2013 and 107 last year to 806 this year. A drop of nearly 8 000 young people travelling between South Africa and Lesotho between 2014 and 2015 was recorded. Apleni said many of these would be students attending schools in South Africa without the correct permits. He said that the biggest drops were recorded at land borders‚ where the majority of children would be trafficked. Arrivals of departures and arrivals for travellers of all ages at OR Tambo airport had only seen a slight decrease this year‚ while numbers of arrivals and departures at Cape Town International had increased.

Departmental spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete said that “where children come in undocumented‚ we have to refuse them”. He‚ however‚ said the figures released in the media were “an exaggeration of the numbers” and assertions that the drop in tourism numbers could all be contributed to the new regulations were “unfair”.

Article Source: Engineering News