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Mice Net : August 2008
state of The arT When it comeS to meetings and exhibitions, South Africa offers some of the best facilities in the world. A nd the good news is that in readiness for the FIFA World Cup 2010 there is plenty more activity taking place. The Airports Company of South Africa is injecting R5.3 billion into refurbishments and improvements of the country’s three key airports which include Cape Town International Airport, Durban International Airport, and Tambo International Airport. Meantime, a new international airport north of Durban is already under construction. In terms of purpose-built convention centres the three main facilities in South Africa are the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the International Convention Centre Durban, and Sandton Convention Centre, less than 30 minutes from Johannesburg. On the drawing board at present are new international-standard convention centres planned for Pretoria in Gauteng, Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, and Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State. Durban The International Convention Centre Durban has been voted Africa’s leading conference centre for six consecutive years by World Travel Awards, and has been ranked as one of the top 10 conference centres in the world by the International Association of Congress Centres. The venue is described as one of the most advanced conference facilities in the world, offering flexibility and versatility. At its maximum capacity the ICC can seat up to 5000 delegates in 7000 square metres of column-free space. Combined with its sister venue, the Durban Exhibition Centre, the ICC can double its capacity to accommodate 10,000 conference delegates. The ICC offers a range of nearby accommodation for delegates attending events at the venue including the Hilton Durban located adjacent to the ICC. Cape Town Cape Town is South Africa’s leading convention destination for international groups, hosting the lion’s share of business events in its state-of-the-art venue. Refer to page 118 for more information. The destination is not only blessed with stunning beauty and ease- of-access, but a high level of quality hotels and resorts, and plenty of opportunities for delegates to explore the surrounding region without having to travel vast distances. The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) offers 11,200 square metres of dedicated conference space, two raked auditoria with seating for 1500 and 620 delegates, and a grand ballroom of 2000 square metres, capable of seating up to 1500 guests for dinner. Its roof terrace meeting room provides spectacular views of Table Mountain and the 33 break-out rooms vary in capacity to hold from 25 to 330 people each. Additionally, it has three restaurant facilities. Plans are well underway to double its capacity in the coming years. Refer to page 118 for more information. Sandton Situated at the heart of Sandton Central, the Sandton Convention Centre is centrally located to many of South Africa’s most important financial and industrial organisations and businesses. The 12-storey building offers more than 22,000 square metres of meeting, exhibition and events space. Multiple events can be staged simultaneously on four levels with up to 10,000 visitors accommodated at any one time. Room capacities range from a 10-seat function room to the Pavilion, which can cater for 4500 guests. The Sandton Convention Centre boasts the latest state-of-the- art facilities with in-house technology partners offering infra-red simultaneous translation systems, ISDN, ADSL, and wireless internet broadband connectivity as well as satellite broadcasting capabilities. Within a five kilometre radius there are a total of 4300 rooms available. Visit www.saconvention.co.za for further details. South Africa Where nature embraces modern luxury, a unique place to meet Multi-award winning 1750ha five star ecotourism resort. Marine Big 5 incentive destination. www.grootbos.com, www.greenfutures.co.za, www.fynbos.co.za 116 mice.net