Venues & Events
Durban ICC ready to host Indaba 2012
- Category: Venues & Events
- Created on Friday, 11 May 2012 13:56
Durban ICC ready to host Indaba 2012Another exciting Indaba will kick off at the Durban ICC on Saturday 12 May 2012. Preparations are well underway to ensure an unforgettable experience for the host of international and domestic tourism buyers, media, visitors and exhibitors from around the world. Delegates will an opportunity to take an amazing journey through all that South Africa and our SADC neighbours can offer tourists from all over the world.
“The ICC Durban has been home to Indaba since 1992 and the Centre is committed to the ongoing improvement and growth of the event in conjunction with South African Tourism, the City of Durban and the Province of KwaZulu Natal,” commented ICC Durban chief executive officer, Ms Julie-May Ellingson.
Ms Ellingson continued, “We are able to provide South African Tourism with over 42 000m² of exhibition space all on one level for this premier event. This includes the ICC, the ICC Exhibition Centre and a number of open areas where tented pavilions and other outdoor stands are erected to entice visiting delegates at Indaba. Over the years Indaba delegates have become accustomed to conducting business in a relaxed environment either in the exhibition halls, or seated in the tropical courtyards and garden restaurants.”
The four day event which takes place from 12 to 15 May will attract well over 11,000 participants from the travel and tourism industry and just more than 1,500 exhibitors have confirmed their attendance at this year’s event. Over 500 media will be attending, 160 of these are international media representatives. Indaba is expected to create an economic impact in excess of R250-million for the city of Durban and KwaZulu-Natal.
Designated Durban ICC staff teams have been allocated responsibility for various zones within the complex to ensure that the event runs without any hitches and IT and operational staff are preparing to work extended hours to ensure a seamless Indaba experience.
With seven catering outlets across the ICC and ICC Exhibition Centre the Durban ICC’s culinary team is geared up to ensure that all visitors and exhibitors are refreshed and revitalised during the event. Apart from the catering outlets, the culinary team will provide catering for 25 side events with numbers varying from 50 to 300 delegates per event. To date a further 150 stand deliveries for catering have been confirmed with more requests expected once exhibitors arrive on site. Catering has already started with healthy fast foods and daily chef’s specials on offer to stand builders and exhibitors.
Walnut Road, between the ICC Durban and the ICC Exhibition Centre (DEC) was closed to traffic from the 07th of May and will remain closed until the 17th of May 2012.
“The Durban ICC team is proud to be once again hosting Africa’s biggest and most successful travel and tourism event, we are ready to welcome old and new friends and colleagues from South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world.” concluded Ms Ellingson.