The organisers of the BusyBee Event Business Summit, BusyBee Events Group, have announced speakers, panelists and other activities lined up for the 7th edition of the event business summit in Lagos.
In a media parley in Lagos recently, the Convener, BusyBee Event Business Summit, Bisi Sotunde announced that the Show Director Experiential Planner Expo (EPEX) Dubai, Ibrahim Eddie Bashir is the Keynote Speaker while Fireside Chat session would be handled by Group CEO, Wakanow, Bayo Adedeji.
The event, which is themed: “Tech in Event Business; The New Narrative” would also feature Kunmi Ariyo, CEO, Mirus Events, Adeife Abiodun-Adeyemi, CEO, Ifectivtouch, Tobi Olanihun, CEO, Wow Connect and Arese Osakwe, Senior Growth Associate, Tix Africa as panelists.
Meanwhile, David Odunlami, Blurange Consult, Pamela Nwonu, Nwandos Signature Events and others have been named facilitators for Breakout sessions during the three-day event scheduled to hold from November 21st to November 23rd at NECA House Event Centre, Alausa Ikeja and Detutu Events Place, Ogudu Lagos.
Sotunde who spoke about the forthcoming 7th edition of the event summit stated that “BusyBee Event Business Summit is an annual conference, which started in November 2017. It is designed to foster sound entrepreneurial practices amongst event professionals such as event planners, decorators, caterers, and the general event ecosystem.
From inception, the summit has hosted over 1000 delegates, she said.
“Over the years, the summit has had both Nigerian and International Speakers grace the event and shared insights with participants both virtually and physically.
This Year’s summit is designed to provide additional values for both local and international participants.
The summit is planned to enable participants to gain practical knowledge that is needed to scale up in the event industry,” BusyBee Event Business Summit boss narrated.
Sotunde who also established the most effective event business community, The Well-Watered Garden Tribe (WWGT) and leading awards platform in the industry, BusyBee Excellence Awards, spoke about the importance of technology in the event planning business.
According to her, “The importance of technology in event business cannot be overemphasized. We have seen technology drive growth in the financial space, educational sector, commerce and industry among others and this can be replicated in the event industry.
Therefore, players in the event industry cannot pretend to operate in a different economy. Tech is a critical growth factor for all sectors so, it is now our time in the events, tourism and hospitality business to embrace technology.
She urged stakeholders in the event planning industry to embrace tech to be able to scale appropriately. “As stakeholders in the events business, we must be intentional in this pursuit and BusyBee Event Business Summit is at the vanguard of driving this course, that is the key reason a Summit like this has been put together.”
Similarly, Sotunde revealed the value of the event planning industry in Nigeria to be $20billion. According to her, “This industry can be deepened with more value if the federal and state governments partner with the players in the industry to push Nigeria positives in different ways.
For instance, Nigeria has a lot of sites, people including foreigners can explore for relaxation and events, she added.
She said if governments either at the federal or state levels partners with the industry, “we can invite foreigners and locals to visit our beautiful sites where they can relax or use as events outside their homes”.
The three-day event would begin with a Welcome Cocktail Night at NECA House Event Centre in Alausa that would afford participants the opportunity to network, while day-2 would feature Masterclass session at Detutu Events Place in Ogudu and the third day would feature BusyBee Excellence Awards, celebrating outstanding Event professionals who have done excellently well in their businesses.
On sponsorship, the organisers disclosed that MTN, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Get linked and 9ija Kids have signed up for the summit and there are currently corporate sponsors/partners for the summit.
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