Business Events Bouncing Back: Western Cape welcomes almost R100 million worth of bids secured for the next five years

  • Wesgro’s Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau secured 11 bids in quarter one of the 2022/ 23 financial year
  • The bids are estimated to contribute almost R100 million to the business events value chain over the next five years
  • The conferences will span a variety of sectors including agribusiness, aviation, entrepreneurship, environmental, medical, politics and tourism.

Business events prove to be a vital agent for post-pandemic economic recovery with 11 bid wins secured by Wesgro’s Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau in quarter one of this financial year. The bids are estimated to contribute almost R100 million over the next five years into the business events value chain.

The majority of the bids won are within the medical sector, with four medical conferences scheduled to be hosted in the destination between 2022 and 2024. The rest of the secured bids span agribusiness, aviation, entrepreneurship, environmental, politics and the tourism sector.

Amongst the 11 bid wins are prominent large conferences predicted to attract over 1000 delegates from across the globe. These include the African Agri-Investment Indaba 2022, the Regional Conference for the International Symposium of Blood Transfusion 2023, and the International Epidemiology Congress scheduled to take place in 2024.

The Western Cape is not just one of the world’s most beautiful and iconic regions, but it is also home to key higher education institutions and is fast becoming the knowledge-sharing hub for South Africa and the wider continent. Hosting key conferences and meetings in the province not only attract talents, but also stimulate key investments.

Welcoming the positive signs of recovery for business events, Wesgro CEO Wrenelle Stander, said: “Business events are a vital component of our regional economy. Not only do they result in a positive halo effect for the local hospitality industry, but are catalysts for investment into the province. The Western Cape is a place that leads in innovation, technology, sustainability, and excellence, driven by sound research and thought leadership that is testament to the intellectual capital available within the Western Cape.”

With a full recovery for the sector being a top priority, Wesgro is still accepting applications for funding assistance through their Business Events Support project which can be accessed here.

“The Western Cape is a destination of choice and provides visitors with so many options, no matter what they are looking for. Which is why Cape Town is the top destination for Business Events, according to the 2021 ICCA destination performance index. These Business events bring benefits across the entire tourism and hospitality sector, contributing millions to the economy and creating much needed jobs. Which is why we fought so hard for the removal of the COVID-19 restrictions, particularly on travel and event capacity. We are seeing very promising signs not only of recovery but also of a great rebound and we will continue to work closely with and to support Wesgro’s efforts to secure many more events that bring in more visitors,” said Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mireille Wenger.

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