Over 100 international conferences, which are expected to bring over 127,000 delegates to Cape Town, have been confirmed by Cape Town International Convention Centre up until 2026.
The news follows ICCA’s (International Congress and Convention Association) announcement confirming Cape Town as the number one meetings destination in Africa.
“The international conference segment is one of the centre’s key focus areas and presents tremendous potential for the CTICC and the city as a whole. Having secured 105 international conferences up until 2026, these events will have a significant impact on the Western Cape and South African economy. With South Africa’s economic growth prospects at 1.2% in 2019, securing international events can only positively affect our economy and bolster much needed job creation,” said Julie-May Ellingson, Chief Executive Officer at the CTICC.
Most recently, the centre has been awarded nine international conferences. Of these, the World Economic Forum and World Dairy Summit had been previously hosted at the CTICC.
A longer list of the most recent events confirmed to take place at the CTICC includes:
- World Economic Forum on Africa 2019
- World Dairy Summit 2020
- World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF), Global Engineering Deans Council Conference (GEDC) & Global Student Forum (GSF) 2020
- INSOL International Conference 2020
- Entrepreneurs Organisation Global Leadership Conference 2020
- International Symposium on Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy in Veterinary Medicine 2021
- International Symposium on Pneumococci and Pneumococcal Diseases 2022
- World Association of Waterborne Infrastructure – PIANC World Congress 2022
- INF (International Netball Federation) Netball World Cup 2023.
The World Dairy Summit 2020 is expected to attract 1 200 delegates from 65 countries, while The Entrepreneurs Organisation Global Leadership Conference 2020 will take place in Africa for the first time. The conference will bring together 188 member chapters from 58 countries and Jason Sze, Chairperson of the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) is expecting 2,000 participants.
“The EO’s Board of Directors came to Cape Town for a meeting and we loved the experience… and said ‘Why aren’t we coming here for our Global Leadership Conference?’. We loved the favourable exchange rate, the exotic location and were very impressed by the great local hospitality,” Sze added.