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Cape Town International Convention Centre is state-owned... and profitable!

FILE: The Cape Town International Convention Center. Picture: South African Tourism.

We’ve hosted almost 500 events this last financial year.

Julie-May Ellingson, Cape Town International Convention Centre

We’ve secured 78 international conferences until 2024.

Julie-May Ellingson, Cape Town International Convention Centre

[Are people more scared of running out water, or the ANC’s elective conference?] Definitely the December conference!

Julie-May Ellingson, Cape Town International Convention Centre

A convention centre is a large building that is designed as a venue for conferences.

A conference is a meeting to discuss or engage in a common interest.

Conferences are usually based on an industry, profession or fandom.

South Africa is a popular destination for business travellers, who spend on average three times more than their leisure counterparts, according to Brand South Africa.

The country has more than 1000 world-class conference and exhibition venues.

In 2015, business travellers spent R42 billion in South Africa while the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) sector created 280 000 jobs, according to former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) CEO Julie-May Ellingson for his weekly “The Science Of” feature.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

We’re so quick to look internationally for answers, when so many of the answers are here.

Julie-May Ellingson, Cape Town International Convention Centre

People want to network [when they come to a conference].

Julie-May Ellingson, Cape Town International Convention Centre

We host such a wide range of events.

Julie-May Ellingson, Cape Town International Convention Centre

We operate seven days a week.

Julie-May Ellingson, Cape Town International Convention Centre

Before the expansion we used to turn away a significant amount of business here in Cape Town.

Julie-May Ellingson, Cape Town International Convention Centre

You will not believe the fun I have at work!

Julie-May Ellingson, Cape Town International Convention Centre

A lot of corporates are reluctant to spend money at the moment.

Julie-May Ellingson, Cape Town International Convention Centre

The vast majority [of conferences and delegates] are local.

Julie-May Ellingson, Cape Town International Convention Centre

Gentrification is a global challenge.

Julie-May Ellingson, Cape Town International Convention Centre

The Foreshore Project… really is about trying to address this unequal spatial planning we have…

Julie-May Ellingson, Cape Town International Convention Centre

We have to think about the city in 20 years’ time…

Julie-May Ellingson, Cape Town International Convention Centre

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