Cape Town: best in Africa for business tourism events
From beautiful beaches to the winelands, shopping and nightlife, the Mother City has it all
If Cape Town isn’t on your bucket list, now would be a good time to join the 4m people who experience the wonder of SA’s Mother City every year. Jaw-dropping natural beauty, exhilarating outdoor sports activities, a bustling art and design scene, and amazing local cuisines are just a few examples of what Cape Town offers its visitors.
The city is alive with multicultural communities, each with its own traditions, food, fashion and music. Cape Town is one of the few places in the world that has it all: beaches, mountains, gardens, winelands and views.
The city is a hive of innovation and has become a top choice for business events, excellent meetings, incentives, conference and event spaces, and the latest health and technology breakthroughs and trends.
Since the world’s first heart transplant performed by Dr Chris Barnard in Cape Town on December 3 1967, the city has made strides in healthcare and recently completed the first phase of its new medical precinct.
The Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital also opened its doors in 2016. Set in a 16-storey tower with 30,000m² of floor space, the hospital includes 248 beds; 11 theatres; two cardiac catheterisation laboratories; medical, surgical and paediatric wards; a maternity unit with delivery rooms; a dedicated caesarean theatre and neonatal intensive-care unit; doctors’ consulting rooms; and eight floors of public parking.
This kind of progressive infrastructure is one of the reasons why Cape Town is the destination of choice for many to impress delegates and clients, celebrate business milestones, or launch new products and services in an unforgettable location.
A number of international business events take place in the city each year. This has led to the opening of the expanded Cape Town International Convention Centre to keep up with the high demand for hosting bid requests in the city.
The world’s largest mining investment event, the Mining Indaba, has been hosted in the city for the past 20 years, while the Design Indaba Festival, an annual celebration of design and creativity, has also made Cape Town its home for more than 24 years.
Other key business events to take place in the city over the years include the South African Innovation Summit; the Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation International Conference; and the World Energy Cities Partnership Annual General Meeting.
Cape Town has been crowned the number-one city for business tourism events in Africa more than once. Its unique functions and conferencing venues make this awe-inspiring city the ideal place to thrill guests and capture the imagination of delegates.
This article was paid for by the South African National Convention Bureau.