20 August 2014

Cape Town and the Western Cape named best Convention Bureau in South Africa

The Cape Town International Convention Centre

The Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau have successfully secured a number of bids in their current fiscal with eight bid wins thus far - realising an estimated economic impact of R135 940 000 with an estimated delegate attendance of 9 550.

The Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau was awarded the South African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) Members' Award for Best Convention Bureau in South Africa at a gala dinner held at St. Lucia in KZN last night.

Ms Thiru Naidoo, Acting Head for the bureau, a strategic unit of Wesgro, the Western Cape’s official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency says that the award was the perfect result following hard work, passion and many hours of dedication by the team to promote Cape Town and the Western Cape as a premier business events destination: "We would like to thank all our stakeholders, clients and the rest of our colleagues at Wesgro for their continued support. This is a massive joint effort and our team is extremely honoured by this acknowledgement,” she said.

Candidates were nominated by a SAACI member in order to qualify. The outcome was then purely based on member votes to determine the actual winner of the award. The Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau saw off some stiff competition from their KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) counterparts to win the award.

"The KZN Convention Bureau has always done a sterling job in promoting their province and I congratulate them for a job well done. Ultimately our mandate is to promote South Africa as a premier business events destination and I think both provinces have done this to the best of our ability throughout the year,” added Naidoo.

The Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau have already hit the ground running in 2014, successfully securing a number of bids in their current fiscal with eight bid wins thus far - realising an estimated economic impact of R135 940 000 with an estimated delegate attendance of 9 550.