South Africa secures more than 200 international conferences

South Africa has secured more than 200 international conferences for the next five years, set to attract 300,000 delegates and bring more than R1.6bn to the economy.

South Africa secures more than 200 international conferences
South Africa secures more than 200 international conferences
The events were announced by tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk at Meetings Africa 2012, which also saw the launch of South Africa’s national convention bureau (NCB).
 
The NCB also set a target to support at least 30 bids in 2012 and 2013, which are expected to bring 18,000 delegates and R162m to the economy.
 
Van Schalkwyk said: "The National Convention Bureau will add considerable value to the country’s business tourism industry. Through confidently staging major events like the 2010 Fifa World Cup and the United Nations’ COP17 Climate Change Conference, South Africa has proven its credentials to host events of any magnitude."
 
The bureau, which officially launches in April, will be headed up by executive manager Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo.
 
The NCB’s services will include pre and post-bid support, destination expertise and on-site event services.
 
"We want to grow our global market share, which will require government and the private sector to work as partners to shape the future of business tourism and to grow business tourist arrivals," van Schalkwyk added.

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