Stellenbosch Tourism takes giant global leap!
STELLENBOSCH TOURISM TAKES GIANT GLOBAL LEAP!
Stellenbosch has recently been named as one of the top 10 cities in Africa for business tourism events by the International Congress and Convention Association's (ICCA) Country and City rankings. This is the first time that Stellenbosch has been rated independently and apart from Cape Town.
The town secured the 7th position in Africa for hosting association meetings, ahead of cities like Cairo, Kampala and Tshwane. A total of 48 international association meetings have been hosted across the African continent and Cape Town claimed the no1 spot. ICCA rankings are regarded among the most important benchmarks in the international meetings market.
Annemarie Ferns, CEO of Stellenbosch 360, said: “Stellenbosch 360 and its members applaud and welcome this prestigious ICCA ranking. Our goal is to move from the 7th to the 4th best ranking in Africa by 2020, after Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.
She further emphasised that business tourism (conferences, meetings, events, incentives and exhibitions) is an important segment of our ‘total product offering’. It is a shared economy model, from which all accommodation products, venues and suppliers from all our communities will benefit. This is a ‘360 approach!’ She added, we recently launched a unit to promote and actively drive Stellenbosch’s vision to become a Leading Conference, Events and Incentives Destination, with the ultimate objective of developing and increasing the prosperity of the region and its people at all levels”.
Stellenbosch 360, in partnership with Wesgro and the South Africa National Convention Bureau, will host a Business Tourism Indaba on Tuesday, 13 June 2017. This Indaba will be the first of its kind for the region and Minister Alan Winde will open the Indaba as the keynote speaker.