The International Congress and Convention Associations (ICCA) 2013 rankings show that South Africa has gained three places on the global rankings, placing it at number 34 from 37. In 2013, South Africa hosted 118 meetings, officially making it the number one convention destination in Africa and the Middle East.
Furthermore, two of the country’s cities – Durban and Cape Town – are placed in the top 100 cities in the world for business events.
"We are exceptionally happy with this announcement," said Thulani Nzima, chief executive officer of South African Tourism. "Our hard work and the execution of the ‘Rise with Us’ strategy launched last year is clearly bearing fruits. We launched it to address and change the misconceptions the global industry has about South Africa and it seems the message is being well received."