Sandton Convention Centre sees blue on Global Meetings Industry Day
As a leader in the industry, the team at Sandton Convention Centre has come together to support the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day which was celebrated by the MICE industry on Thursday, 6 April 2017. Events are held across the globe to demonstrate the measurable impact that meetings have on businesses, economies, and communities.
Tourism is one of the key focus areas outlined in the government’s Nine Point Plan to reignite economic growth and create jobs in South Africa; and the business events industry is a critically important component of that plan.
The South Africa National Convention Bureau (SANCB), a business unit of South African Tourism, commissioned an extensive three-year study to determine the economic value of the business events industry. Two years into the study the estimated total direct spend of business tourists in South Africa was R42.4 billion in 2015. This figure is based on how many delegates attended business events here that year, as well as what they spent before, during and after the event.
It’s also estimated that the international MICE industry supported some 280 000 direct and indirect jobs in South Africa in 2015. This includes jobs in the transport, infrastructure and other sectors.
The SANCB study also indicated that around half of the delegates travelling to South Africa for business are accompanied by another person on these trips, with a large number of interviewed delegates accompanied by over three companions. This has a knock-on effect for not only the accommodation sector, but also the hospitality, transportation and retail sectors.
Shaun Bird, General Manager of Sandton Convention Centre has this to say about supporting the Global Meetings Industry Day initiative: "Sandton Convention Centre is at the forefront of the South African meetings industry, attracting local and foreign visitors. We are proud to represent our venue today, as part of this incredibly powerful industry.”
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CAPTION: In support of the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day, Sandton Convention Centre's team dressed to impress in a collage of blue.
About Sandton Convention Centre
Sandton Convention Centre is located in the heart of Sandton’s hotel, business and entertainment district. The centre offers easy access to more than 5 000 hotel rooms (ranging from economy to deluxe), is adjacent to some of the country’s premium shopping and entertainment complexes (Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square), which provides 10 600 secure parking bays.
Sandton Convention Centre offers unlimited potential with over 22 000m² of state-of-the-art meeting, exhibition and special event space. Purpose-built to international standards, the convention centre is able to host meetings, conferences, exhibitions and special events of virtually any size and nature. It offers some of the most advanced technology available for convention and exhibition centres anywhere in the world. Multiple events can be staged simultaneously on four main levels, and 10 000 visitors can be accommodated at any one time. A team of highly trained staff is on hand to provide support services.
Its central position in Sandton provides easy access to Johannesburg International Airport, Gautrain rapid rail, the Sandton CBD, major hotels and shopping centres. Sandton Convention Centre was developed and is managed by Tsogo Sun, the leading hotels, gaming and entertainment company in South Africa, providing a vast variety of hospitality and exciting entertainment and leisure experiences. Combining an established heritage with a professional and energised approach, the group proudly encompasses 14 casinos and over 90 hotels in South Africa, Africa, Abu Dhabi and Seychelles.