Over the past 17 months, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has secured 15 international conferences which could bring approximately 22 000 delegates to the Mother City and create an estimated R594 million for the local economy over the next six years.
The most notable is Africa Oil Week - secured as part of a three-year deal with the Hyve Group. Nine of the 15 conferences will host a trade exhibition as part of the conference.
The CTICC said in a statement that it has managed to secure the international conferences in collaboration with its partners such as the Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau.
The business events industry (meetings, incentive trips, conferences, and exhibitions) has been one of the hardest-hit sectors during the coronavirus pandemic due to lockdown regulations and many businesses and associations worldwide re-evaluating their position on business travel. That is why the CTICC also offers options of running hybrid or virtual events using its digital platform - CTICC Engage.
Taubie Motlhabane, CEO of the CTICC, believes the centre's strict Covid-19 protocols provide further assurance from the important health and safety perspective.
"Since opening its doors almost two decades ago, the CTICC has focused on building a resilient brand on the global business events stage. The continued interest over the past year in the CTICC as a venue to host conferences and trade exhibitions - most notably those in the medical and scientific fraternities - signifies the strength and resilience of the venue and destination," says Motlhabane.
Before the pandemic hit, the CTICC was one of the leading international convention centres in Africa. During the 2019/20 financial year, it hosted a total of 397 events and estimated that the centre made about a R5.5 billion contribution directly and indirectly to SA's national GDP. The centre's procurement spend is almost 90% from locally based serviced partners and more than 70% of its waste is diverted from landfill.
The CTICC currently hosts one of the largest vaccination centres in the country as part of a collaboration between the Western Cape Government, City of Cape Town, and Discovery.