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CONFERENCES: Incentives Conference Comes to Cape Town


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Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) will once again play host to a leading international conference after winning the bid for the Society of Incentives and Travel Executives (SITE) Conference 2010.

This is the first time that this global event will be held in South Africa.

Over 550 International industry leaders in the incentives tourism industry will be converging in Cape Town in 2010.  The SITE International Conference is the premier event in the incentive industry and provides a platform for incentive travel professionals to expand their business networks and explore the latest trends in this industry.

SITE chief executive Brenda Anderson who revealed SITE’s decision to CTICC MD Dirk Elzinga when they met last week in Canada said that the choice to go to South Africa fully aligns with SITE’s strategic vision, "As a global leader in our space, what better way to live our mission than to select a destination that exemplifies diversity, growth and an eye for the future?”

According to Dirk Elzinga, winning the bid is a great accolade for Cape Town and the Western Cape as it will position the province as a top of mind destination among premier international leaders in the incentives and tourism industry. 

”On top of this the conference will have a substantial positive economic spin-off effect.  Particularly in this time of global financial turmoil and economic uncertainty it is of great importance to the Cape’s hotels and hospitality industry to show their product to the world specialists in the fields of incentives and international corporate meetings,” said Elzinga. “Our diverse world-class service offerings combined with our natural splendour makes Cape Town and the Western Cape a desirable destination for conventions and meetings.”

Elzinga added that Cape Town’s reputation as a world-class conference destination has driven the need to soon expand the CTICC’s facilities.  

The new win comes hot on the heels of the announcement of five other international congresses that have recently announced they will be coming to Cape Town. The centre has a well filled portfolio of 135 international congresses booked for the next eight years until 2016.

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