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AAs Africa's top meetings and events destination, South Africa's amazing variety of venues and destinations, diverse offerings and unforgettable experiences always exceeds expectations.

South Africa's excellent track record in international events has seen it host meetings such as COP17, the 5th BRICS Summit, and the World Economic Forum. Few other destinations offer the variety of meeting and incentive options available in South Africa. This is one of a handful of countries that has played host to most of the major sports world cups including the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, as well as the Cricket and Rugby World Cups.

Quick facts about South Africa

People
Population

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Population

South Africa is home to multi-cultural melting pot of 55 million beautiful people of diverse origins, cultures, languages, and religions.

Languages

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Languages

Although English is widely spoken and is used for informational signage, South Africa celebrates diversity in language with a total of eleven official languages. These languages are Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga and English.

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Religions

Enshrined in the South African constitution is the right for all people to practice their religion free from persecution. The most practiced religions in South Africa include Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.

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TOP REASONS

to plan your event in
South Africa

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Best-in-class venues

With more than 1 700 meeting venues, and international convention centres located in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, East London and Port Elizabeth, South Africa is equipped to take care of any meeting and event need no matter how large or how small.

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Dynamic incentives options

South Africa's warm and welcoming people, rich cultural experiences, fascinating history, award winning hotels, renowned food and wine, magnificent natural attractions and world-class infrastructure will enable you to create the ultimate incentive programme.

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World-class events

Hundreds of organisations from across the country choose South Africa as their destination of choice. 

01 Best-in-class venues
02 Dynamic incentives options
03 World-class events

WWhether you're planning a meeting in the wild or require the cutting edge technology available at a world-class international convention centre, the South African National Convention Bureau is here to help businesses around the world find the perfect match.

With multiple experiences lying around the corner no matter where you are in the country

Find out more about planning an event in South Africa, including information about regions and how we can assist you in the planning process with resources and toolkits. Offering quality facilities, venues and service providers, South Africa is an ideal conference destination, hosting many world-class congresses, conventions, events and trade fairs each year.

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Case Studies

21st World Congress of IACAPAP

21st World Congress of IACAPAP

The congress was held at the International Convention Centre, Durban from 11 – 15 August 2014, attracting world experts in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.

35th International Geological Congress

35th International Geological Congress

The congress was held at the CTICC from August 27 to September 4, 2016. The IGC attracts the world’s thought leaders and academics in the scientific and applied geosciences fields.

International Mineralogical Association Meeting

International Mineralogical Association Meeting

Held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 1-5 September, 2014, it was the perfect destination to host this meeting, with its large mining and mineralogical industry, and impressive research initiatives in mineralogy, geology and geochemistry.

International Aids Conference 2016

International Aids Conference 2016

The conference was held at the International Convention Centre in Durban (ICC Durban) from 17 – 20 July, 2016. More than 20 000 delegates had heard from the world’s foremost AIDS researchers and to interact with world leaders in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

International Union of Architects World Congress

International Union of Architects World Congress

The congress took place at the International Convention Centre Durban from 3-7 August, 2014. Architects, engineers, designers, technologists, planners, and writers worldwide gathered for a week of challenging talks, workshops, events and happenings.

Meetings Africa 2014

Meetings Africa 2014

It took place at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg from 24-26 February 2014. This is the leading business events industry trade show and exhibition on the African continent where the global players interested in the African business events sector meet.

COP17

COP17

The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held at the International Convention Centre, Durban from 28 November – 9 December 2011 when heads of state from around the world visited Durban.

59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

More than 175 Commonwealth parliaments and legislators attended what is the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s biggest annual gathering. The event was held at the Sandton Convention Centre to identify effective solutions to developmental challenges.

30th International Congress of Psychology

30th International Congress of Psychology

The congress took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The congress was themed – Psychology Serving Humanity – and presented cutting edge information on psychological science and its applications.

International Franchise Expo

International Franchise Expo

The expo, which took place at the Sandton Convention Centre, is the largest franchise expo on the African continent. This year saw 103 franchise brands exhibiting.

Africa Rail, Africa Port & Harbour Show, and Aviation Outlook Africa

Africa Rail, Africa Port & Harbour Show, and Aviation Outlook Africa

The show at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg brought together the African transport sector from governments and investors to end users and transport operators. There were more than 100 exhibitors at the show.

World Federation Of Societies Of Intensive & Critical Care Medicine

World Federation Of Societies Of Intensive & Critical Care Medicine

The congress took place at the International Convention Centre, Durban. Attendees included doctors, government ministers and officials, prominent business leaders from the pharmaceutical, hospital and allied medical fields and more.

5th Global Forum on Innovation & Technology Entrepreneurship

5th Global Forum on Innovation & Technology Entrepreneurship

The Forum, which took place at the East London International Convention Centre, focused on enabling innovation and enterprise development for social and economic growth. It brought together the global innovation and entrepreneurship community.

International Telecommunications Union Joint Task Group

International Telecommunications Union Joint Task Group

UN specialised agency - the International Telecommunications Union Radiocommunication Sector Joint Task Group - held its third meeting at the East London International Convention Centre.

Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition 2013

Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition 2013

The conference and exhibition, held at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre near Johannesburg, brought together the aerotropolis community and global players in the airport city development community.

123rd International Olympic Committee Session

123rd International Olympic Committee Session

The meeting, which took place at the International Convention Centre Durban, saw decisions taken on key policy issues and also saw the election of the host city for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

19th International Symposium on Dental Hygiene

19th International Symposium on Dental Hygiene

The symposium, that was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, brought together members of the global dental hygiene industry. It’s the first time the event has been held on the African continent

Power & Electricity World Africa

Power & Electricity World Africa

It took place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 11 and 12 March, 2014. The show is the leading marketplace and ideas exchange platform for African businesses and organisations hungry for innovative energy solutions.

17th World Congress of Basic And Clinical Pharmacology (WCP2014)

17th World Congress of Basic And Clinical Pharmacology (WCP2014)

It took place at the CTICC from 13-18 July 2014, covering the latest developments in basic, clinical and translational pharmacology and network with the world’s top health care professionals, academics, researchers, educators and policy makers.

39th World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress

39th World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress

The Congress took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 16-19 September 2014. It’s Africa’s largest congress for small animal veterinary professionals with four days of education presented by the most recognised names in the field.

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