LATEST ICCA RANKINGS
The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) earlier this year named Cape Town as the number one city in Africa for hosting international association meetings. This is the 10th consecutive year that Cape Town has achieved this accolade, with the city hosting a total of 53 meetings in the 2017 judging period.
Cape Town’s ranking was followed by Johannesburg with 23 meetings, and Kigali with 21. Marrakech (20) and Addis Ababa rounded off the top five, followed by Nairobi, Durban, Cairo, Accra and Kampala. Interestingly, the university town of Stellenbosch in South Africa’s Western Cape was ranked 12th, after hosting eight international meetings last year.
Of the 54 meetings held in Cape Town, 13 meetings had a delegate attendance of over 1,000 attendees, with 24 of the 54 meetings held in a conference and/or exhibition venue, and 16 in meeting facilities within hotels.
The subject matter of the meetings hosted varied from medical sciences (13 meetings) to sciences (nine), technology (five) and economics (four). Over 50% (30 out of 54) of the meetings were hosted during the traditional low-season period between May and September, which went some way to addressing the seasonality challenge of attracting visitors to the Cape during this time. The average length of days per conference was four days.