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WTM Africa chooses Cape Town

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WTM® Africa (World Travel Market Africa), Africa’s leading travel and tourism trade exhibition, will launch its third annual show from 6 to 8 April 2016, and once again the show has chosen the Host City of Cape Town’s venue, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).


The City of Cape Town has retained the position as WTM Africa’s official host city for the third year running. The City of Cape Town boasts award-winning beaches and World Heritage Sites such as Table Mountain and Robben Island and nestled at the Southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is a premier urban tourism and business destination with so much to offer local and international visitors, buyers and exhibitors. Always busy and constantly on the cutting edge, this diverse city offers something for everyone.

WTM® Africa General Manager, Chardonnay Marchesi said: “The partnership between WTM® Africa and the Host City of Cape Town is a valuable and strategic one, which aims to develop the success of WTM Africa, and provide the platform for key travel and tourism professionals to discover the city and surrounds. We are delighted to again be working alongside the City of Cape Town.” Chardonnay continued explaining that “WTM Africa offers unrivalled business opportunities for its exhibitors making its events the nexus where travel and tourism professionals can conduct real business. WTM® Africa has established itself as a fixture in the global travel and tourism industry’s calendar, attracting the world’s most influential buyers, and we are very proud to be able to showcase the beautiful African city of Cape Town and to demonstrate that the continent has world class facilities in which to host events such as ours.”

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is the ultimate venue for conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, concerts and other large-scale events. Situated at the foot of one of the world’s most iconic mountains, in the heart of South Africa’s vibrant and welcoming Mother City, the CTICC’s undeniable charm is exceeded only by its professionalism and versatility. Offering flexible venues, world-class facilities, and professional staff, the CTICC is designed with great experiences in mind. From its bright and airy double volume public gathering spaces and highly advanced technology to its uniquely delicious Afro-global cuisine and legendary attention to service excellence, every detail is meticulously attended to.

Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille added “The City of Cape Town is a proud host and sponsor of World Travel Market Africa. We are delighted to welcome the world’s top tourism industry buyers, travel advisors, trade visitors and exhibitors to our city. Our vision to expand our tourism offering for both local and international visitors includes strengthening links between Cape Town and other African cities. As we showcase our destinations, we need to work together toward joint prosperity for all African regions. One of the ways we can do this is by promoting trade and investment into our cities and continent. I encourage all businesses to take full advantage of this opportunity for networking and sharing information. Through sharing ideas and forming partnerships, we can achieve our common goals and realise even greater growth for Africa. To all exhibitors, visitors and media, welcome to Cape Town. I trust that you will have a wonderful time in our city and leave with greater connections and knowledge to take tourism to the next level.”

With two days to go before the doors open, anyone in the business of travel and tourism, dealing with outbound or inbound are encouraged to register for free attendance at www.wtmafrica.com.

WTM® Africa is part of Africa Travel Week comprising of three targeted travel and tourism events; ILTM Africa (International Luxury Travel Market), ibtm africa (international business travel and meetings) WTM® Africa (World Travel Market Africa). See www.africatravelweek.com for more.

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