Cape Town is still proudly the number 1 destination for conferences in Africa according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) 2013 statistics, which were recently released.
South Africa maintained its number 1 spot in the African meetings category, followed by Kenya and Morocco with triple the amount of meetings held. In the African city rankings, Cape Town clinched the top spot by hosting 45 meetings with Durban coming in second with 25 meetings and Nairobi in 3rd place with 24 meetings.
Cape Town’s impressive results can be attributed to its award-winning international airport and convention centre, world-class infrastructure and vibrant destination appeal, making it a premier meetings destination.
CTICC General Manager for Commercial and Business Development, Megan Arendse says that the recent ICCA rankings bear further testament to Cape Town’s appeal as one of the world’s leading convention destinations and the leading destination in Africa.
“The centre’s imminent expansion is set to enhance Cape Town’s value proposition as it will attract a greater number of international association conferences to the city, thereby contributing to greater economic growth and job creation”, she adds.
Nils Flaatten, CEO of Wesgro, adds “The latest rankings serve as testament to our world-class facilities, dynamic product and service offerings and unwavering professionalism. Without our stakeholders and partners this would not have been achieved and it is because of them that we celebrate our global ranking as a top destination to meet in.”
In relation to its partners in the BestCities Global Alliance (Berlin, Chicago, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Melbourne, Singapore, Vancouver) Cape Town fared very well at 52nd, behind Melbourne at 44th and Vancouver at 38th. The BestCities Global Alliance consists of convention bureaus that delivers the world's best service experience for international planners. The Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau, a division of Wesgro - the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for the province, has been working closely with its BestCities Global Alliance partners to source leads and bid intelligence in order to attract even more international association conferences to Cape Town.