SA: KZN generates millions for hosting major events

KwaZulu-Natal province will in the next 10 months host seven major conferences which will generate almost R500 million, says acting Premier Sihle Zikalala.

“KwaZulu-Natal’s insatiable appetite for hosting mega global events has placed the province at the apex of places highly-recognized by global corporations, organizations and event organizers the world over,” Zikalala said.

He said the recent feather in the cap comes from the World Football Summit (WFS) whose gathering will be an all KwaZulu-Natal affair.

“This was after province’s successful bid to host this prestigious function for the first on the African continent.

“Our province is indeed fast reaching its pinnacle as a go to destination for any global organization wanting to stage a world class conference or event,” the acting Premier said.

World Football Summit is the international event of football industry, gathering the most influential professionals in order to discuss the most relevant topics and generate business opportunities.

“It brings together more than 80 countries, about 2 300 attendees, more than 90 speakers, about 160 clubs, 70% executives, more than 100 media – with an estimated economic impact of about R800 million.

“Durban was chosen among a crop of other global powerhouses which included Hong Kong in China, Buenos Aires in Argentina and Canada with which our city was competing against after being invited to bid for the 2020 summit. This will certainly be the biggest event after the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” he said.

Zikalala said the province continues to add more to its portfolio of billions of rand worth of mega events which once more proves that it is in the league of its own when it comes to hosting high profile global conferences.

The events that will be held in KwaZulu-Natal are as follows:

Meetings of the Parties (MoP7), 4 – 8 December 2018 – expecting 10 000 delegates which means the economic impact would be in the region of R256 million.

NACCW 22nd Biennial Conference 2019 and CYC-Net World Conference, 2 – 4 July 2019 – expecting close to 1 500 delegates with an estimated economic impact being in the region of R30 million.

70th Annual Meeting of International Society of Electrochemistry, 4 – 9 August 2019 expecting approximately 1 500 delegates with an estimated economic impact in the region of R48 million.

World Congress on Drowning Prevention, 20 – 23 November 2019 – expecting approximately 3 000 delegates with an estimated economic impact in the region of R76 million.