New Conference Centre for Cape Town

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The Century City Conference Centre and Hotel is open for business. “We have the capacity to accommodate close to 2 000 guests in 19 venues,” say joint Chief Executive Officers Glen Taylor and Gary Koetzer. “The new centre has already secured 75 conference bookings for the year ahead.  We took over the buildings in November last year and by February this year we had a very good start.  The centre has been designed to complement the Cape Town International Conference Centre, adding to the stature of Cape Town as the top conference city in Africa. “The centre was a great new asset to the hospitality industry and a perfect opportunity to increase the number of business travellers to South Africa and Cape Town.” Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC, Alan Winde, said at the recent opening the province had already secured conference bids worth almost R2bn in the current financial year. “Just two of these conferences – the World Ophthalmology Congress 2020 and the International Fiscal Association 2022 – would bring 5 600 delegates and generate R262m for the provincial economy. “The Century City Conference Centre will make a major contribution to drawing in and accommodating new business.  Through this new initiative, 300 jobs are being created. This project is also sure to deliver an increase in the number of conference delegates to our region,” he said. Koetser said that the conference centre and hotel are part of a significant private equity investment by the Rabie Property Group to promote business travel to the Western Cape. “The Western Cape is clearly seen not only as one of the world’s leading leisure destinations but as a forerunner for business travel globally.  The province understands the longevity and sustainability of business travel and there is no doubt that the new conference centre and hotel are generating a huge amount of interest from the industry. We are being inundated with inquiries and confirmed bookings are growing on a daily basis.”