Cape Town ICC Hits Events Target Early

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has come close to hitting its first-year visitor target after just six months. More than 290,000 visitors and delegates have attended the centre since its July 2003 opening. CTICC’s target for 2003/04 was 300,000. The venue held 196 events to December 2003, including 16 international conferences with 7,500 delegates. Managing director Dirk Elzinga said the centre was also on course to meet its targets in other areas. An assessment plan in 2001 forecast a R25bn (£2bn) contribution to GDP in the centre’s first ten years plus 47,000 jobs. “The centre is also important to the wider tourist economy because, for many people, conferences and events are their first experience of South Africa,” noted Elzinga. The venue has capped an impressive opening by winning the bids to host two leading medical congresses, which will bring a total of 20,000 international delegates to the CTICC in 2009.

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