The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in South Africa has appointed Taubie Motlhabane (pictured) as its new CEO. Motlhabane will formally take over from the convention centre’s current CEO, Julie-May Ellingson, at the end of January 2020.
Motlhabane has 29 years of experience in both the private and public business sphere. Previous roles have included time as Executive Director of Tshwane Convention & Visitor Bureau and Business Tourism Manager for South African Tourism.
“It is clear to us that she will add significant value as CEO of the CTICC. We look forward to having her at the helm, leading the CTICC team,” said Deon Cloete, Chairperson of the CTICC Board.
CTICC has, since inception, hosted a myriad of congresses and major tradefairs.
The convention complex comprises CTICC 1 and the newly developed CTICC 2, connected by the Skybridge. The complex is able to host a range of events, from small meetings to 20,000-delegate conferences.
Ellingson added: “The centre’s success can be attributed to a passionate CTICC team that focuses on attracting and hosting events seamlessly. The addition of CTICC 2 is testament to this success, and something I am particularly proud to have lead and completed during my time at the convention centre. The CTICC has not only grown its footprint over the past five years but also its revenues, operating profit and, most importantly, its overall economic contribution. This year we increased our revenue by over 11%, created 14,620 direct and indirect jobs and contributed R4.5bn to the Western Cape Gross Geographical Product (GGP) and R6.5bn to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“It has been an absolute pleasure working at the CTICC, and it is with pride that I hand over to another knowledgeable, passionate and strong woman. I wish Taubie all the best and I am sure the CTICC will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Motlhabane said: “I am excited about building on the success of the conferencing complex. I know that the sector is a dynamic industry, and one with so much potential. I intend to strategically harness and unlock this possibility and essentially build on the centre’s stellar reputation on the global stage.”