Cape Town to stage city's biggest-ever congress

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) will welcome 15,000 delegates for The World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) in 2020, the city's biggest-ever business event.

Cape Town International Conference Centre, South Africa
Cape Town International Conference Centre, South Africa

It will be the first time the event has been held on the African continent, and is expected to provide a R210 million (£9.97 million) boost to the Western Cape economy over five days with each delegate spending an estimated R2800 (£133) per day.

The successful bid was the result of collaboration between key stakeholders and partners such as Cape Town International Convention Centre and the Ophthalmology Society of South Africa (OSSA).

Corne Koch, head of the Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau, said: "This coordinated continental effort is as much a win for Africa as it exposes the international ophthalmic community to the professionalism and countless opportunities within the industry on our continent."

The congress will see CTICC West and East be used simultaneously to host the 15,000 delegates. "To date, we have hosted more than 450 international association conferences across a broad spectrum of sectors, including agro-processing, the green economy, ICT, property, mining, oil and gas and medical, but nothing of this size," explained Cape Town International Convention Centre CEO, Julie-May Ellingson.

The CTICC is currently undergoing an expansion that is due for completion in 2017. "The expansion will allow us to meet the growing demand to stage more events, offer more flexibility and allow for an increase in the concurrent hosting of various sizes of meetings, conventions, exhibitions and other events," added Ellingson.

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