Why Cape Town?

By Korne Koch, Head Convention Bureau WESGRO

Photo: sharonang/pixabay

Many destinations have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. How is Cape Town currently dealing with this crisis?

The COVID regulation were lifted and most of the areas are back to normal but with certain limitations in place for some organisations.
 
Did you know, that…?

•    Many companies choose to base themselves in the Western Cape where they can work within an enabling environment. As a result, the city is a business hub for Africa.
•    Cape Town has consistently been voted as one of the world’s favourite tourist destinations and the city’s global profile as a modern and convenient city secures high delegate numbers year after year.
•    Cape Town and the Western Cape are an intellectual magnet, with four world-class universities and other research institutions in fields as diverse as astronomy, science, medicine and social politics. As a result, the destination is fertile ground for intellectual dialogue and the exchange of ideas.
 
Where to meet?

The Cape is fortunate enough to have two major conference facilities, these being the Cape Town International Convention Centre and the Century City Conference Centre. We also have many smaller conference venues situated in numerous hotels within the destination. Other speciality venues include (but are not limited to) Castle of Goodhope, Grandwest Casino and Entertainment World and the Cape Town Stadium.
 
Where to stay?

As a popular global holiday destination, Cape Town offers a wide variety of accommodation options and has about 20,000 formal 3, 4 and 5-star hotel bedrooms in the larger city area. Most of these hotels are located within the City Bowl, Waterfront and Atlantic Seaboard areas, and 4,500 hotel rooms are within walking distance of the Cape Town International Convention Centre. There are also many deluxe boutique hotels, serviced apartments and B&B’s in the area, with around 18,000 rooms on AirBnB.
 
Notable brands are Westin Cape Town, Southern Sun Cullinan and Waterfront, The Onyx, Rockefeller, Radisson Blu Waterfront and The Capetonian.
 
How to get there?

Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) is Africa’s most award-winning airport. As Africa’s third largest airport it processes over 8 million passengers annually with over 50% of the country’s air passengers passing through this airport. It is the primary airport serving the city of Cape Town. Located approximately 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the city centre, the airport has domestic and international terminals, linked by a common central terminal. The airport offers direct flights from South Africa’s other two main urban areas, Johannesburg and Durban, as well as flights to smaller centres in South Africa. Internationally, it offers direct flights to several destinations in Africa, Asia and Europe and many more via Johannesburg.
 
Do you offer any special services/assistance for associations?

The Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau is a strategic business unit of Wesgro, the Western Cape Destination Marketing, Investment & Trade Promotion Agency. The bureau promotes Cape Town and the Western Cape as a premier destination for meetings, incentives, conferences, events, exhibitions and trade fairs. The Bureau provides destination expertise and support to associations, corporates, professional conference organisers, destination management companies and event organisers. The Bureau will be able to provide the international organising committee with all the necessary information on the product and service suppliers that will make the conference successful and will serve as local contacts.

 

Wesgro: www.wesgro.co.za
Cape Town International Convention Centre: www.cticc.co.za