The bureau will aim to provide additional support to the country’s business tourism industry to secure bids for major events.
Speaking at the SITE conference in Cape Town last week, South African Tourism chief executive Thandiwe January-McLean said: "We will need additional resources, someone who heads it up at South African Tourism. Their remit will be to seek [event] opportunities and say that South Africa will be in the position to host."
South Africa has won bids to host international meetings for more than 300,000 delegates over the next five years, January-McLean added.
NGO meetings growth
She said: "We’ve especially seen growth in inter-governmental and NGO meetings. The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17), to be held in Durban next year, is one of the major conventions to be held between 2011 and 2015."
South Africa’s post-World Cup event wins include:
• The 23rd Colloquium of African Geology 2011
• International Small Business Congress 2012
• Fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport 2013
• The Paediatric and Cardiac Surgery 2013
• The World Transplant Games 2013
• International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2014
• Baptist World Congress 2015
• The Fourteenth World Forestry Congress 2015
• 23rd International World Congress of Nephrology 2015