SAACI 2017: the only Congress for PCOs in South Africa

SAACI 2017: the only Congress for PCOs in South Africa


The SAACI Congress is the only place where event professionals can access education, networking, and collaboration to uplift the South African business events industry. It is the only Congress for Professional Conference Organisers in South Africa.

Professional Conference Organisers in South Africa gather once each year at the SAACI Congress to connect with peers, and to meet and do business with suppliers and solution providers. This year the Congress is taking place in Tshwane from 2 to 4 June at the CSIR International Convention Centre. The three-day programme presents inspirational keynotes, panels and workshops, as well as an innovative social programme including a fun run and a secret sunrise. Participants can expect examples of excellence from across the business events industry and lots of time for interaction and high-quality discussion.

This annual event is dedicated to bringing event professionals together. We expect to welcome more than 300 participants to this year’s Congress, ranging from first timers to established practitioners, and everyone will find opportunities for personal and professional growth. Suppliers and solutions providers to the business events sector mustn’t miss this opportunity to meet with South Africa’s event professionals.

The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry serves more than 1200 members around South Africa and its forums represent specific business events sectors: Conferences and Events, Destination Marketing, Exhibitions, Services, Technical, and Transport and Venues. SAACI’s mission is to be the globally-recognised professional association for the business events industry in Southern Africa, and the strategic link between the public and private sector.

“Our 2016 Congress survey showed high levels of satisfaction among delegates, by suppliers and owner-operated outfits to established PCOs alike. The enthusiastic response to last year’s Congress gives us reason to believe that we are on track to achieve an even better result this year” says Rudi Van Der Vyver, the SAACI CEO.

He continues: “A congress of this magnitude brings together industry leaders and provides invaluable learnings for those on the frontline of providing singular delegate experiences at business events. Whether you are a PCO, a venue, a supplier to the industry or a stakeholder in South African business events, we want you to join us for this must-attend educational event.”

To register to attend, or for more information about the SAACI Congress, please visit