When you stand on the balcony of the Roof Terrace at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), you can easily forget that you’re attending a business event. With Table Mountain towering serenely in the distance, the bustle of the city at your feet, and a fresh breeze coming in from the sea, even a conference coffee break can become a unique experience.
The CTICC, one of South Africa’s largest conference centres, is located on the foreshore district of Cape Town, just 20 minutes away from Cape Town International Airport and within walking distance of more than 3500 hotel rooms.
Cape Town is a must-see travel destination and one of today’s top tourist cities. Voted Best City in the Telegraph Travel Awards and best Food City by Condé Nast’s Readers Choice Awards in 2016, it offers visitors a wealth of experiences. The Mother City, as it is fondly called, offers delegates sandy beaches, adventure sport, wine tasting, and historical, shopping and culinary excursions after a day’s conferencing.
Top venue for international conferences
Apart from the fact that Cape Town is one of those cities that you need to experience once in a lifetime, the CTICC has an impressive track record in delivering exceptional events. Since the centre opened its doors thirteen years ago, it has become the de facto place in Africa to host medical and scientific association conferences.
For its 2015/16 financial year, the CTICC hosted 39 international conferences many of which were hosted in Africa for the first time.
The 47th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology attracted more than 1400 physicians, nurses, and patients from 94 countries; educational workshops to renowned institutions such as the Red Cross Children’s Hospital boosted the conference programme. AfricaCom, the continent’s largest technology event, has chosen to partner with the CTICC for the past nine years and attracts global technology firms and cutting edge startups alike. The 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health was the largest meeting of the Union to date and underlined the importance of the contributions of South African researchers in this field.
These events not only reinforced Cape Town’s position as the number one city in Africa for international conferences, but they also make substantial contributions to advancing knowledge exchange and provide an opportunity for greater African participation in major scientific and academic programmes.
The CTICC has 11 399m2 exhibition and conference space. Two raked auditoria seats 1500 and 612 people respectively. The centre’s 33 breakout rooms vary in size and can accommodate from 30 to 330 people. Three light-filled conservatories expand conference organisers’ planning options. A roof terrace with an independent foyer and a sub-divisible, multi-functional ballroom of 2 000m2 with magnificent view of the city adds to the facility’s allure.
The centre is continually setting the benchmark in terms of international standards of best practice. The CTICC was the first convention centre in Africa to gain three ISO certifications simultaneously, the first convention centre on the continent to become a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and the first convention centre in the world to have its sustainability reporting practices aligned to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Framework and to achieve a Level B status.
Expanding for the future
In 2017, the CTICC’s conference and exhibition capacity will increase significantly and will allow the centre to host multiple large-scale events concurrently. The expansion project, CTICC East, will open in March 2017 and will add over 10 000m2 of multipurpose conference and exhibition space, 3 000m2 of formal and informal meeting space, and a sky bridge connecting CTICC West and East to facilitate movement of delegates between the two buildings. A number of key clients have expressed interest in the centre’s expanded offering. Due to its expansion, the CTICC has already secured the World Ophthalmology Congress for 2020 with a forecast attendance of 15000 delegates. New international conference bids recently secured by the CTICC include the International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME) in 2020 and the18th International Congress of Immunology (IUIS) in 2022.
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