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Mice Net : August 2008
Cape Town CenTre DrIveS The CITy’S STaTUS there Were 11,000 at the fifth birthday of the cape town international convention centre (cticc) recently – just a fraction of visitors to the venue in its first five years in operation. T o crown the CTICC’s amazing first five years, the centre has been awarded a number of prestigious titles including: Convention Centre of the Year 2008, Global by European CEO magazine, Conference and Exhibition Venue of the Year 2008 by Business Britain and Inclusion in the list of South Africa’s Top 500 companies. These accolades followed a year in which the centre experienced further growth, with turnover rising above R100 million. CTICC managing director, Dirk Elzinga, said he was delighted by the centre’s achievements since it first opened for business. “Awards do immeasurable good in building Cape Town’s standing in the international convention community. It is yet another reflection of the world-class standards of service we provide here that has positioned Cape Town as Africa’s most important congress destination,” he said. During the five years since opening, CTICC has attracted close to three million visitors, created 9000 jobs, and made a significant contribution to South Africa’s GDP. More delegates than ever before are now flocking to this corner of the world, attracted by the mild all-year-round climate and outstanding natural beauty of the region including the iconic Table Mountain, coupled with the world-class facilities for conferences and exhibitions at CTICC. The CTICC’s contribution of R9 billion to the country’s GDP in the past five years is a measure of the huge success of this conference facility. Mr Elzinga believes that as well as its thriving tourism industry, Cape Town’s universities and research programs play a significant role in attracting conferences to the area. “We have four universities in Cape Town and that puts us in a privileged position in our ability to contribute to the scientific content of any international conference program,” he said. The largest conferences hosted so far by the CTICC have been the 19th World Diabetes Congress which attracted 12,300 delegates in December 2006, and the 14th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in March this year attended by 7300 doctors. In 2007 two-thirds of all international meetings taking place in South Africa chose Cape Town as their meeting destination, and one out of every three international meetings in Africa took place in Cape Town. 118 mice.net The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), built in 2003 to a sophisticated design and carefully planned interior, is on par with the best in the world. The state-of-the-art venue is the hub of the international meeting activity in South Africa and its multifaceted exhibition, banqueting and conference space contributes substantially to both the regional and national economy. The convention centre currently covers a 6.1 hectare site on Cape Town’s northern foreshore and operates under management of the Dutch Amsterdam-RAI Group. The City of Cape Town is its principal shareholder. Cape Town’s profile and reputation as a business and business tourism destination has been heightened by the establishment of the CTICC. In 2007, 509 events and 46 international conferences took place at the centre. Many of these international events attracted a large contingent of African delegates, often the most important reason for meeting planners to bring their events to Cape Town. CTICC plans to double its facilities in the next few years. The present convention centre offers 11,200 square metres of dedicated exhibition space, two raked auditoria with seating for 1500 and 620 delegates, and a grand ballroom of 2000 square metres which provides dining space for up to 1500 dinner guests. 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. The CTICC has the largest and most advanced kitchen in the Western Cape. The venue is a 20 minute drive from Cape Town International Airport and within walking distance of both the city centre and one of its major attractions, the retail shopping and tourism precinct at the V&A Waterfront. It is also in walking distance of the city’s major hotels. There are more than 16,000 rooms in hotels and guest houses within a 45-minute radius of the Cape Town city centre. With the construction of its long-awaited extension across the freeway now on the drawing board, CTICC is well on its way to making Cape Town one of the world’s top meeting destinations. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +27 21 410 5000.