Cape Town International Convention Centre, Monday, 26 August - Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Cape Town - Voted one of the Top 25 Cities in the World in Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards for 2013 and number three in the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 Top Cities, Cape Town continues to win plaudits from international and local travellers. It is rich in heritage, innovation, diversity and creative talent.
The only city in the world situated on both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, Cape Town is home to some of the country’s top national attractions including Table Mountain (one of the New7Wonders of Nature), Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Robben Island.
The nearby V&A Waterfront is a bustling shopping, dining and entertainment area adjoining the Table Bay harbour. Developed from redundant docklands, the property blends seamlessly with the working harbour. Additional features of the famed waterfront include the world-class Two Oceans Aquarium, the Maritime and Chavonnes Battery museums, the Cape Wheel with a 360° view of the city and an outdoor amphitheatre. The working harbour is complete with tug boats towing large cruise ships in and out of the bay as well as boat trips and ferries transporting visitors to Robben Island.
Cape Town is also home to the Cape Town Stadium, built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The stadium hosted eight soccer matches during the tournament, including the semi-final between Uruguay and The Netherlands and the city plays host to the world’s largest individually timed cycle race, the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
The Cape Winelands region is the source of many famous Cape wines, is characterised by classic Cape Dutch-style buildings and massive vineyards with picturesque mountains as a backdrop.
Franschhoek, renowned locally and abroad for its restaurants is just 30 minutes away by car from the city centre; Paarl, with its breath-taking scenery, and Wellington, famous for its dried fruit, wine estates, olive tasting and leather factories are just a little further away; and Robertson – the “Garden Town of the Boland” – the largest wine-producing area under irrigation in South Africa are all just some of the wine producing regions that comprise the Cape's 18 official wine routes.
Fynbos, which grows in a 100km to 200km wide coastal belt stretching from the West Coast to the South-East Coast, is another renowned Cape feature. There are only six floral kingdoms in the world, and fynbos not only constitutes one kingdom (the smallest) all on its own but is the only one occurring entirely within one country. Fynbos makes up 80% of the Cape Floral Region, a world of finely branched plants exquisitely adapted to flourish in poor soils and wildly varying rainfall.
Come to the conference, then spend a few more days to visit one of the most beautiful regions of the country, and indeed, the world.
The 2019 conference takes place at Cape Town International Convention Centre.