In keeping with Cape Town’s ever-rising status as a global tourism destination, the Cape Town International Convention Centre’s (CTICC) new CTICC East Expansion Project will boost the city’s reputation as Africa’s foremost meetings destination.

Located in the Foreshore precinct of Cape Town, with Table Mountain as a backdrop, the new facilitywill effectively double the CTICC’s exhibition capacity. This means a bigger CTICC with an additional 10 000mof conference and exhibition space, as well as a further 3 000mof formal and informal meeting space.

The CTICC East venue features 31 148mof floor space with 6 multi-purpose exhibition and conference halls  across 3 floors, and additional meeting rooms including 5 flexible meeting pods, 4 intimate meeting suites,  and 2 terrace rooms looking out onto the bustling city and harbour.

Modern, flexible, affordable and world class; the CTICC is located at the edge of Cape Town’s ever-expanding business district, and organisers and visitors benefit from its central location – 20 minutes away from Cape Town International Airport and in walking distance of modern hotels, key tourist attractions and leisure activities.

As a truly South African offering, the CTICC contributes to realising the continent’s potential as the events hosted at the centre offers an opportunity for exchange and expansion in terms of knowledge and building capacity in business and society.

Currently, the CTICC has 11 399mexhibition and conference space. Two raked auditoria seats 1500 and 612 people respectively. The centre’s 33 multi-purpose breakout rooms vary in size. Three light-filled conservatories expand conference organisers’ planning options. A roof terrace with an independent foyer and a sub-divisible, multi-functional ballroom of 2 000m2 with magnificent view of the city adds to the facility’s allure.

The convention centre has an impressive track record in delivering exceptional events. Since the CTICC opened its doors thirteen years ago, it has become the venue of choice to host medical and scientific association conferences. As a hub of academic and research excellence, home to four of the country’s leading universities, and major centre for financial services and ICT businesses, the city also offers organisers and travellers with a wealth of opportunities to create field tours for valuable knowledge exchange.

To illustrate, for its 2015/16 financial year, the CTICC hosted 39 international conferences many of which were hosted in Africa for the first time. These events not only reinforced Cape Town’s position as the number one city in Africa for international conferences, but they also make substantial contributions to advancing knowledge exchange and provide an opportunity for greater African participation in major scientific and academic programmes.

The International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) provides a global platform for government, private sector and civil society leaders to advance renewable energy and was hosted for the first time in Africa last year at the CTICC. The event underscored Cape Town’s leadership in the renewable energy sector, as the Western Cape province is home to the majority of the country’s green manufacturers many of which were showcased at this inaugural international conference.

The 47th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology attracted more than 1400 physicians, nurses, and patients from 94 countries; educational workshops to renowned institutions such as the Red Cross Children’s Hospital boosted the conference programme.

AfricaCom, the continent’s largest technology event, has chosen to partner with the CTICC for the past nine years and attracts global technology firms and cutting edge start-ups alike. Few technology events gather technology experts and businesses from the top to tip of Africa in one place. The organisers have also expressed keen interest in expanding the event into CTICC East in future years.

The 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health was the largest meeting of the Union to date and underlined the importance of the contributions of South African researchers in this field.

Now, CTICC East, which is set to open in 2017, will allow the centre to host even larger events and the facility will also increase the number of events the centre can host concurrently. Furthermore, the expansion will provide the necessary capacity for clients who wish to grow their events.

Indeed, there has already been keen interest in the expanded facilities from both prospective and current international clients. As evidence of this support, the centre has recently won major international conference bids. CTICC East will play host to the International Congress on Immunology in 2022 and the Global Food Security Conference in 2017 will be one of its inaugural events.