KwaZulu-Natal a Majestic Centre for Business Events
The Zulu Kingdom, through the Durban KZN Convention Bureau, provides a hub for business events to bring about tourism growth and socio-economic development.
Across the province, a host of conference and events facilities are set against the backdrop of majestic mountains, sun kissed beaches or bush retreats. The Convention Bureau, supported by the Department of Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs and eThekwini Municipality, has successfully hosted over 120 significant business events since 2013.
These include the 2017 World Economic Forum for Africa, the International Aids Congress and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). In June, it will hold ICCA AMP 2019. The state-of-the-art Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre is the flagship host of these events, boasting the largest area of column-free, flat-floor, multipurpose space in Africa. The ICC was ranked in the Top 15 Convention Centres in the World at the Apex Awards.
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Conference or event facilities are also provided by Tsogo Sun, through Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, as well as the Hilton Durban, Greyville Horse Racing Course, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Olive Convention Centre, Royal Show Grounds, Champagne Sports Resort, Alpine Heath and many others.
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When work is done, a few hours’ drive from Durban, the majestic and serene uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site beckons. See the hinterland’s big five or visit iSimangaliso Wetland Park, another World Heritage Site, to experience the coast’s rich marine life.
For those in search of insight into the history of the Zulu Kingdom, the province features a number of battle sites, including the site of Cetshwayo’s epic triumph of Isandlwana. Or visit Mandela’s capture site in the KZN Midlands. KwaZulu-Natal also offers seaside golf courses featuring lush, tropical vegetation and championship courses rich in tradition and history – making for a true golfer’s paradise. Durban, the busiest port in Southern Africa, has started constructing a R200 million cruise terminal, which will host world-class facilities to augment its already-booming cruise ship tourism offering. With regular flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town, and a growing list of direct international flights, including Durban to London, KZN is becoming more accessible to the world.