If you’ve never been to the conference before, you’ll probably end up feeling much like I did when I first went to an attractions conference – it’s that lightbulb moment of understanding that the problems you have, you’re not the first to have them! Someone’s tried it before. Someone’s found a solution that might be applicable to you. Someone can tell you what the pitfalls are… So what I always hear the most from people who haven’t attended before is “finally – I found my people!”
Hearing ideas is what it’s all about.
My best experience was learning that other attractions face similar obstacles and have found ways to overcome it.
I’ve met so many friends over the years at this conference that I can regularly phone up for information.
This is where you come, and you hone your skill as an attractions manager.
So the fact that attractions are getting together and actually talking about how they’re going to learn from each other, about things they’re going to do to better themselves for tourism – I can’t tell you how important that is.
It was a great event for building networks, for learning and for light bulb moments. There is no other attractions/cultural conference in South Africa which gives access to all of this at an affordable rate.
I feel very strongly that managing an attraction is both an art and a science, and the wheel doesn’t have to be reinvented. So, if you can learn from someone else what they’ve done and what works, this is the place to find out.
[Attractions Africa] helps you see and speak globally.
Well my mind is so full, and I’ve written so many notes, it’s going to take me a while to decipher all of it. There is an enormous amount in here. There is so much meat in here for real practical application. I really feel so sad for the people who weren’t able to make it.
The conference was an experience for me, I learnt a lot of things…I am so excited that this conference will come to Pretoria [in 2017], it will give Pretoria an opportunity to be explored.
The content this year is amazing.
[At Attractions Africa] you can learn from other people, you can bypass those initial mistakes, you can share ideas – you can jump a step!
Actual business has resulted through these connections [made at Attractions Africa].
Some of the speakers so far have expressed different trends which I never imagined.
One of the big values is the fact that I mix with people who are like minded – people in the industry, people who understand the industry – and we learn from each other.
One thing that I have learnt at Attractions Africa 2017 is that we have got to adapt. We’ve got to prepare ourselves for the future. We know that our visitors are changing. Their needs are changing. Their motivations are changing. And we need to prepare ourselves, so we can remain relevant in the industry.
We as attractions managers can learn a lot from each other. There is huge value in this conference.
[At Attractions Africa] we mix with private sector and mix with government – I think that’s great. People are really very happy to share their information and make contact.
Great learning opportunity and the networking is brilliant at the conference.
More than a hundred fellow attraction managers all sharing ideas, no attraction is too small, no attraction is too big and there is always something to learn.
I found all the speakers to be engaging and through provoking.
The networking element of Attractions Africa is really important.
There are these little lightening things that go on between people at the conference, and that’s life, that’s alive, and that’s fabulous.
I want to express my sincere thanks for the sponsorship to attend the 2016 conference – it was just amazing. I learned quite a lot – one: you are not alone in the business; there is a huge network – use it. Secondly, I realised my own attraction slots in nicely in the visitors’ numbers of some of the main CT attractions.
I think that there is a noticeable increase in the range of delegates and in the quality of delegates as well as the programme.
We love the conference!
I think it is one of the most consistently informative conferences I have ever been to – and I’ve been to a lot of conferences!