EAST­ERN GEM

Dur­ban is a business cen­ter and a beach­front par­adise – all wrapped up in a re­mark­able pack­age

Business Traveler (USA) - - SPECIAL REPORT - By Dan Booth

Al­ways the brides­maid, Dur­ban sel­dom takes first place when one thinks of South Africa’s ma­jor ur­ban cen­ters; Jo­han­nes­burg is the coun­try’s mag­net for in­ter­na­tional com­merce and charm­ing Capetown, where the At­lantic and In­dian Oceans meet, claims the spot­light with its grandiose ge­og­ra­phy and pic­turesque bus­tle.

The truth is, Dur­ban has all th­ese things and more. The largest city on the east­ern coast of Africa, Dur­ban is nes­tled along the beaches of the In­dian Ocean, mak­ing it a de­sir­able des­ti­na­tion for both business and leisure trav­el­ers. But sub-trop­i­cal sand and sun aren’t the only draws for this South African city of 3.5 mil­lion peo­ple.

Dur­ban is built on a far-reach­ing eco­nomic foun­da­tion. Its wa­ters are home to Africa’s busiest con­tainer shipping port, bring­ing in im­port/ex­port busi­nesses. It’s also the gate­way to nearby na­ture re­serves, na­tional parks and the his­toric sites of Zu­l­u­land and the Drak­ens­berg. This vi­brant city also has ideal meet­ings and

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