Cape Town has been consistently rated the number one convention destination in Africa and one of the most attractive long-haul destinations for conventions in the world. The city offers extensive experience in hosting large conventions, offering a setting that inspires, grows knowledge and increases investment opportunities. The surrounding regions offer a wide variety of interesting venues for corporate meetings and conferences.
With world-class venues, large academic and research facilities, and one of the strongest economic hubs in Africa, the region offers all that is needed to host a successful meeting or convention. All this against an unforgettable backdrop.
Top reasons to meet in Cape Town
Modern infrastructureCape Town has arguably the most advanced infrastructure in Africa. This is one of the main reasons that businesses set up shop in the Western Cape.
Ease of accessCape Town International Airport offers direct connections via most global airport hubs and currently offers 182 direct international flights a week. The airport is just a 20-minute drive from the city centre. On arrival, access to ground transport is simple and convenient, with taxis, the MyCiti bus service and a rail network.
Global appealCape Town is consistently voted one of the world’s favourite tourist destinations and the city’s global profile as a modern and convenient city secures large delegate numbers year after year.
Centre of learningCape Town and the Western Cape are an intellectual magnet, with four world-class universities and research institutions in fields as diverse as astronomy, science, medicine and social politics. As a result, the region is fertile ground for intellectual dialogue and the exchange of ideas.
Cosmopolitan cityCape Town offers an exciting experience, with a local population that is diverse and culturally unique. It is a cosmopolitan city where immigrants from Europe and Africa have chosen to make their homes. Culture and creativity are an important way of life here.
Value for moneyCape Town is one of the most affordable business tourism and incentive travel destinations in the world, with an exchange rate that favours the dollar, pound and euro.
Business hubMany companies choose to base themselves in Cape Town and the Western Cape, where they can work in an enabling environment. As a result, the region is a business hub for Africa.
Safe and secureCape Town is a global tourist destination and the local government takes the safety of all visitors extremely seriously. Substantial investment in safety technology and manpower will further enhance visitor experiences.
Professional support servicesProfessional infrastructure for congresses includes an established Convention Bureau to deliver quality services for, among others, bid production. Trained professionals and logistical support is on hand for meeting planners, travel agents and corporations.
Impact and legacy
The region’s ability to attract the world’s leading conventions is proof of the city’s resilience, strong academic and research communities, and significant economic development sectors. The destination views business events as an important catalyst to stimulate our knowledge economy and secure investment in core economic sectors.
Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)A multipurpose conference and exhibition centre in the hub of Cape Town’s business and entertainment centre, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) offers an extensive range of premium venues, services and facilities. With 20 000m2 of exhibition halls and 45 meeting rooms, the venue offers a wide variety of options for most events.
Century City Convention Centre (CCCC)From corporate conferences and product launches to international expos and exclusive cocktail parties, the Century City Conference Centre quite simply transcends convention. Centrally located in the greater Cape Town metropole, up to 1 900 guests can be comfortably accommodated across 20 different venues. It offers flexible conferencing and eventing tailored to suit your brand, theme or decor requirements.
Cape Town offers a wide variety of accommodation options and has about 20 000 formal three-, four- and five-star hotel bedrooms. Most of these hotels are located within the City Bowl, Waterfront and Atlantic Seaboard areas, all in close proximity to the Cape Town International Convention Centre. There are also many deluxe boutique hotels, serviced apartments and B&Bs. Surrounding regions offer a wide variety of accommodation options and interesting venues.
How we can help
Pre- and post-bid assistance
- Review bid or event requirements
- Assess financial requirements
- Source and suggest suitable venue requirements and service providers
- Where applicable, apply for funding
- Identify suitable legacy programmes
- Exhibition bid production and presentation
- Exhibition bid promotion support material
- Site inspection (flight arrangements on application)
Exhibition planning support
- Introductions to service suppliers
- Business-sector introductions and creating networking opportunities (if applicable)
- Public relations support and building attendance
- Destination weblinks to exhibition website and assistance in marketing the event
On-site event services
- Facilitate airport welcome booths and visitor information booths
- Welcome banners
- Post-event servicing and evaluation
- BestCities network introduction