South Africa is known for hosting and organising local events that attracts crowds from all walks of life. As Mzansi is developing in hosting local events, it is also improving in hosting big and international events. With no doubt as a public relations practitioner someday you will find yourself having to organise an international event. We must keep in mind that to host an event is another story and to host a succesful event is another story. Based on our past events, does SA has what it takes to organise big and major events?
Mzansi has hosted big international events that were successful, but just to be specific we will focus on the upcoming Rihanna World Tour event that will take place on the 13th October 2013 at FNB Stadium JHB and 16th October 2013 at Cape Town Stadium CPT. On Monday 19th August 2013 the #1 Facebook diva confirmed with Big Concerts that she will be performing in SA two big cities which are Cape Town and Johannesburg. The queen of "Diamonds" will be performing for the second time in the South African soil, she performed back in 2006 as an opening act on famous rapper Jay-Z event. The tickets for the event can be purchased at computicket and www.bigconcerts.co.za at prices from R330 to R930 for Johannesburg and R275 to R820 for Cape Town.
As a reader of this blog before sharing your thoughts about South Africa's potential on hosting international events. For sure your question might be; what is it that makes event organisers choose to host events on SA? According to researched information by the Exhibition and Events Association of Southern Africa has listed reasons for hosting events in South Africa. The main reason is the cost effectiveness, English is spoken across SA, SA summer is during the northern hemisphere, and SA offers infrastructure of top-of-range equipment, internet, connectivity, cellphone coverage, roads and airlines. For more information visit www.theevent.co.za
Before the queen of pop hits the shores of South Africa, do you think South Africa has what it takes to host this event and make a success of it? In your own words when it comes to hosting international events, do you think South Africa has done enough, or it needs to work on the equipments, resources, equipments, sound systems and transportation?