In a major win for business
tourism to the Western Cape, Cape Town will become the first African city to
host the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC).
It is the biggest conference
to be hosted in the region and is set to take place at the Cape Town
International Convention Centre in 2020.
Ophthamology focuses on eye
and vision care.
R200 million for the economy
Alan Winde, Minister of
Economic Opportunities, congratulated the CTICC as well as Wesgro’s Cape Town
and Western Cape Convention Bureau and the Ophthalmology Society of South
Africa (OSSA)for securing the bid.
“Throughout the year we
actively pursue major international conferences. Annually, Wesgro secures
conference bids worth more than R300 million. This conference will earn over
R200 million for the economy and attract 15 000 delegates. We know that
business tourists usually return to the destination with their families and
this event will have a significant impact on jobs and growth in our tourism
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expansion of the CTICC is set to double the centre’s existing exhibition
capacity. We will see an increase in the number and size of conferences,
resulting in more business travellers to our region.
Winde said Project Khulisa had identified the tourism sector as a major focus
area for the province for the next five years.
is our fastest growing sector, employing over 204 000 people in formal
jobs and generating R17 billion for our local economy. Over the next five
years, under a high growth scenario, this sector has the potential to add a
further 100 000 formal jobs. To reach these targets we have to stay
competitive so we can continue to increase tourist numbers.”
For media queries, kindly contact:
Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of
Economic Opportunities, Western Cape Government
Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 060 970 4301