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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




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




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.




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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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.


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.


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

    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.

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