Johannesburg’s reputation as a premier destination for international conferences and exhibitions will receive a major boost next year when the city hosts three global summits.
Executive mayor Mpho Parks Tau explained Johannesburg was selected as the host city for these summits because of its excellent record of success in organising major international events.
Acting chief executive of Johannesburg Tourism, Phelisa Mangcu, is thrilled with Joburg’s growing list of recent bids won and set to take place over the next few years.
“In association with stakeholders, our Convention Bureau continues with its sustained bidding efforts and there is no doubt that these are bearing fruit, contributing substantial economic benefits to our local industry.”
These summits will bring visitors from across the world and showcase the city’s opportunities for tourism, trade and investment, added mayor Tau.
The three summits are:
The C40 Summit on Climate change will take place in June 2013 bringing together global leaders, activists and innovators to discuss environmental issues relating to the urban environment.
Mayors and decision-makers from the world’s largest cities will converge on Johannesburg next year for the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Metropolis organisation.
The City will also play host to the One Young World Summit, a global forum of young leaders which is expected to attract some 1,000 delegates from every continent.
Mayor Tau argued the decision to award the hosting of conventions in Johannesburg is a recognition for the contribution the City makes in finding solutions for issues confronting urban environments such as informal settlements, service delivery, migration and the management of natural resources.
It also confirms the growing role that cities on the continent of Africa play on the global stage and in international forums.