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FEATURECape Town International Convention Centre CEO, Rashid Toefy, discusses event legacy in his city, post-World Cup.Rashid ToefySeptember 2010 Conference+Meetings World www.c-mw.net 13World Cup expandsCape TownThe world's eyes were on South Africa andCape Town in July for, arguably, thegreatest sporting show on earth. How didthe city and the CTICC acquit themselves?Now that the World Cup is over,Capetonians can congratulate themselveson a job well done. Cape Town rose to thechallenge. As a host city, Cape Town alsomet the objectives set at the outset of thetournament, which included positioning it asa world class destination and benefittingresidents with new infrastructure,environmental and economic opportunities.The World Cup was an ideal platform toshowcase our potential to the world. Theinfrastructure that the city put in place, suchas the Integrated Rapid Transit System (IRT),Fan Parks and the stadium, contributed tothe success of this event. Cape Town is aneasily accessible city and the success of theWorld Cup is further testament to thedestination's ability to host big internationalevents. The CTICC took a strategic decision tosplit exhibition and conference space,enabling us to strike a balance between theWorld Cup and our regular meetings andevents. During this period, the centresuccessfully hosted live match screeningsand soccer parties in the exhibition halls,alongside international conferences like theGlobal Forum 2010. Do you see a big legacy for internationalevents in Cape Town as a result of theattention from the World Cup? Definitely. The World Cup was an excellentplatform for Cape Town and hosting anevent of that stature raises the bar in termsof service delivery. Over 16 per cent of international meetingstaking place in Africa and 60 per cent ofinternational meetings hosted in SouthAfrica, are held in Cape Town. But,because our lead time on internationalbookings is 36 months and for nationalbookings, three to 12 months, it is hard toforecast future events that are directly linkedto the World Cup. How is work progressing on the extensionproject for CTICC? We seem to have beenwaiting a long time for it.After a lengthy delay, we are moving fullsteam ahead and expect it to be completedover the next three years. The expansion willencompass a convention city entertainmentprecinct and double the centre's capacity. What are the implications of the end ofthe deal with the RAI for former CEO DirkElzinga's secondment? CTICC has reached an exciting turningpoint. This is the first time that the CTICCwill be run by a South African team. Sincethe CTICC opened its doors in 2003, wehave been working towards this goal andhave developed the necessary skills andexpertise to successfully run a conventioncentre. As CEO, I will continue to provide strategicleadership, as I have being doing for thepast three years. Our chief operating officer,Joey Pather, appointed in January, will fulfilthe position previously held by Dirk. The success of the centre thus far wouldnot have been possible without theleadership and guidance from ourmanagement company, Amsterdam RAI,and Dirk Elzinga. We are in the fortunateposition of being able to retain their serviceson a consultancy basis. This winningcombination of local skills and internationalexpertise will help CTICC achieve its vision ofbeing the best long haul internationalconvention centre by 2020. Does your Government (at various levels)fully understand and support the drive tobring in international conferences andevents? Do you have to lobby hard to getthe necessary support? As with most cities, it is always challengingto garner full support from Government.However, over the last year, we have????