Annual Business Event contributes R108 million to Cape Town

2012 AfricaCom contributed an estimated R108 million+ in direct spend to the City of Cape Town.

November 7, 2013

2012 AfricaCom contributed an estimated R108 million+ in direct spend to the City of Cape Town. Now in its 16th year, AfricaCom more than matches the Cape’s other established events known as the G7 in importance and economic impact.

Cape Town is gearing up to welcome over 8,000 attendees and more than 300 exhibitors at AfricaCom 2013 which takes place at the CTICC from 12 – 14 November 2013. The Telecoms, ICT and Media’s preeminent exhibition and conference on the African continent, continues to grow in numbers and scope year on year.

A stellar line-up of keynote speakers (over 250), assists in drawing the industry’s senior executives and decision makers each year, ensuring that in 2012 AfricaCom contributed an estimated R108 million+ in direct spend to the City of Cape Town. Many of its international visitors also choose to extend their visit beyond the exhibition days or return with their family further boosting tourism to the Mother City. Now in its 16th year, AfricaCom more than matches the Cape’s other established events known as the G7 in importance and economic impact.

While the event generates a welcome income for the City, AfricaCom itself plays a vital role in determining how the telecoms industry shapes up across the continent in the years to come. AfricaCom‘s networking opportunities, presentations, debates and exhibition, provide the hub for many major decisions taken by the industry and its contributors which consumers ultimately benefit from.

“In recent years we have grown the event not only over three days, but we have also added several complementary side events as the digital communications era expands its influence across the continent”, commented Ian Hemming, CEO of Informa Telecoms and Media, founders of AfricaCom. “As Africa continues to come online, digital – from telecommunications backbone offerings to value added services – we believe AfricaCom will continue to be the epicentre for meaningful conversations”.

Africa with its unique challenges, is often the pioneer in the digital ecosphere and this is being noticed by other emerging markets as can be seen by the make-up of the international delegation (from over 115 countries) attending the 2013 event shows.

Passes to the exhibition and master-classes are free to industry members, but with only limited registrations and days before the opening event left, delegates are urged to register. www.comworldseries.com/africa