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South Africa76 / ConferenCe & Meetings World / issUe 65CTICC will contribute to 8,000 jobs annually by 2018 CTICC ChIef exeCuTIve rashId ToefyJohannesburg has reached "new heights" in terms of its reputation for hosting major events. "We look forward to a busy 2012," she said, adding the perception of the city changed as a result of the World Cup. The city and the provincial tourism entity, Gauteng Tourism Authority, have launched aggressive campaigns to ensure sustainability and focus on enhancing the offering for international delegates and getting stakeholders to offer value-for-money conferences. As a long haul destination, it is essential for Johannesburg, and the country as a whole, to remain globally competitive. In this respect Nyazema says the most resilient sector has been the corporate market, where "clients are still meeting regardless of the constraints of the recession".And the latest big event landed by Johannesburg was the bid to host One Young World (OYW) in 2013. Lindiwe Kwele, CEO of JTC said she was "thrilled", with the news. "JTC's conference and events team put in so much effort bidding for OWY, and we are so excited to be bringing this high profile event to Johannesburg in two years' time," she said. And it is not just in Cape Town and Johannesburg where new infrastructure has given a welcome filip to business tourism marketing. Port Elizabeth will develop and open a new convention centre in 2012, while Durban's new international airport now brings business tourists in direct. The urgency not to rest on laurels was again sounded recently by the CEO of South Africa's World Cup Organising Committee, Danny Jordaan. "The country," he said, "needs to act quickly to attract events, to fully leverage off the infrastructure and experience in hosting big events. "We cannot wait another 30 years to host a major event. By that time we would have to build new facilities." He added the gap could only widen if the country waits. ,national GDP will increase from R2.3 billion currently to over R5.1bn per annum. Since opening its doors in 2003, the centre has contributed 53,000 direct and indirect jobs, as well as raising the profile of Cape Town and the Western Cape as a leading globally competitive business destination. The Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Dan Plato, said Sandton CC Johannesburg's Sandton Convention Centre host Meetings Africa and has 22,000sqm of event space. The International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists' Congress and the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation are booked for 2012; the 4th World Conference on Doping in Sport in 2013 and the General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association 2014. There are 5,000 hotel rooms nearby and SCC was a finalist for ICCA's Best Marketing Awards 2010 (Project Diski). East London CCEast London joined South Africa's ICC club last in 2010. Managed by Premier Hotels & Resorts, the ELICC includes a 600-seater auditorium, 2,000sqm of exhibition space and a major hall seating up to 850 people ballroom style and 2,100 cinema-style. The ELICC is located on the Esplanade and has views of the Indian Ocean. The centre is a 15-minute drive from East London Airport, the Industrial Development Zone and all major industries. There is an adjoining 254-room four-star and 175-room three-star property.South Africa centres of conventional excellenceevents are a key component of Cape Town's economic development strategy, with the CTICC is at the core of this strategy. "The CTICC is already the leading convention centre in Africa," claimed Alderman Purchase. The CTICC this summer hosted the inaugural Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE), a major event held specifically to build on the 2010 FIFA World CupTM legacy.Cape Town InternationalConvention Centre CTICC's long awaited expansion is now expected to be completed by 2015, is part of a R4.5bn urban regeneration project to create a "convention precinct". City funding of R550m for the extension venture over the next three years is available, on top of R150m for the purchase of land parcels and related statutory processes.According to CTICC Chief Executive Officer Rashid Toefy, CTICC will contribute to 8,000 jobs annually by 2018. The expansion of the convention centre will also include 10,000sqm of retail space; a hospital; an office tower, basement parking; as well as the regeneration of Founder's Garden by the Province, which will connect the Artscape precinct with the new, larger venue.A feasibility report by economists from the University of Cape Town predicts the centre's contribution to Durban ICC Durban International Convention Centre is the country's largest meetings venue and hosts the global environmental congress COP 17 in December 2011. The International Confederation of Midwives Conference came in June, the 5th Southern African Aids Conference in July and the World Methodist Council in August this year. International conferences make nearly half of the total business and the venue was named Africa's leading conference centre at the World Travel Awards 2011.

Featuring:- Up to 11 200 m2 of exhibition space, of which 10 000 m2 is column-free- 2 large auditoria- A magnifi cent 2 000 m2 ballroom- 33 function or meeting rooms- Venues designed to maximise natural light- Two top-class restaurants- An exquisite roof terrace- Majestic city and mountain views- Comprehensive range of catering, AV, and planning services- 1400 parking baysFor more information, or to book your CTICC experience, call us on +27 21 410 5000 today or visit in the heart of South Africa's beautiful Mother City, with the awe inspiring Table Mountain as a natural backdrop, the Cape Town International Convention Centre is far more than a venue, it's an experience. And with versatile spaces and services suitable to everything from intimate wedding receptions and black tie banquets, to international conventions or global exhibitions, the CTICC is guaranteed to put your event fi rmly on the map. Convention centre by name. Unforgettable destination by nature.