This is according to South Africa's Tourism Minister Marthinus van Scahlkwyk, who gave a keynote speed at the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) congress, held at the Boardwalk Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth at the end of July.
"Most indicators point to at least a modest increase in demand and prices in 2013, while in those world regions with fast-expanding economies, such as ours, much greater growth can be expected," he said.
According to statistics from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), 304 association meetings were held on the African continent in 2012, just 2.7% of 11,156 international meetings held globally in 2012. Of these, South Africa hosted 97 association meetings, followed by Kenya with 29, and Morocco with 23. South Africa is currently ranked 37th by the ICCA on its list of worldwide country rankings.