CONFERENCING: Another International Conference For Cape Town
Recent Western Cape Business News
The recent bid win for the 2013 ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) Sector Venues International Client/Supplier Business Workshop raises the total number of international conferences won by the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), since January 2012 to eight.
CTICC, Chief Operating Officer, Joey Pather says that the combined economic impact of these events is in the region of R 41 million and will lead to the creation of over 700 direct and indirect jobs in the country. This win follows hot on the heels of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists conference that was awarded to Cape Town and CTICC in March, and is expected to attract over 2500 local and international delegates to the city.
“The centre’s success just five months into the year can be attributed to the CTICC’s focus on targeting the international association market and the collaborative partnerships it shares with the Cape Town Convention Bureau and the national associations” says Pather.
For the 2013 ICCA Sector Venues International Client/Supplier Business Workshop, the centre competed against Switzerland, Spain and Portugal. According to Clair Jackson, ICCA Project Manager: Membership Services, all the bids received were very competitive. “The central location of the centre combined with the desirability of the destination, was one of the key reasons that the bid was awarded to Cape Town” says Jackson.
According to Pather, hosting an event of this stature provides an ideal platform to showcase the desirability of the destination and the world class infrastructure of the CTICC. “As an ICCA member, the CTICC is excited to be hosting this event, which is geared at key international association buyers, who organise conferences that rotate between at least 2 continents and attract between 800-3000 delegates” adds Pather.
Other international bids won include the following:
· IEEE’s Combined Industry Applications/Industrial Electronics/Power Electronics Societies 2013 - February 2013
· ICTD - Information and Communication Technology Development Conference – December 2013
· International Conference of Infectious Diseases - April 2014
· EuSEc 2014 (9th European Systems Engineering Conference) - October 2014
· IFED – World Congress of the International Federation of Esthetic Dentistry - October 2015
· International Conference on Access Management - March 2016
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