1. A World City - attending an exhibition in Cape Town is a major opportunity to interact with people from all over the world. As the legislative capital of South Africa, Cape Town is a fertile ground for intellectual dialogue and the exchange of ideas, with investment in technology and IT sectors establishing the city as the centre of Africa’s development in these fields.
2. Accessibility - the city is easily accessible, with Cape Town International Airport being served by more than 20 international airlines linking the destination to global hubs like Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Dubai, Singapore and London. Cape Town is an overnight flight from any European destination.
3. Affordable - the city is also recognised internationally as one of the most affordable business, tourism and incentive travel destinations in the world. So whether you are attending, or exhibiting at a conference, you will get much more for your money in this city compared to its European or American counterparts.
4. Business tourism infrastructure – In Cape Town, there are a host of world-class, multi-purpose venues when it comes to conference exhibition, to choose from, including the Cape Town International Convention centre, which is an impressive, architecturally striking, city landmark. The destination is conveniently located in the city centre, and has an excellent support system for hosting any event of any size.
5. World-class service providers – Cape Town has a host of professional service providers at your fingertips, to help your exhibition run smoothly. Some of the professional infrastructure for congress includes; an established Conventional Bureau to deliver quality services for bid production, logistical support for meeting planners, travel agents and corporations, as well as access to a sufficient pool of service suppliers. With all this available in Cape Town, you can be confident knowing your exhibition will run to plan.
However, in spite of all the opportunities available in this amazing city, it is vital to be aware of a few things:
1. Abide by customs
South African custom regulations are in line with the rest of the world, especially when it comes to food products. Importing food is difficult, with many strict rules and regulations, even for an exhibition. South Africa follows the guidance set by the World Health Organisation, so it can be beneficial to check their website in regards to rules around meat, poultry and dairy. All food items must have a health certificate as Port Health will inspect the products prior to them entering the country.
2. Transport dangerous goods correctly
South Africa follows the rules set out by IATA & the Dept of Public Health & Safety, which means that any dangerous goods MUST have the following documents:
- The “Materials Safety Data Sheet” advises the authorities about the product & what to do in the case of an emergency.
- The “Dangerous Goods Declaration” is a document that is given to the Shipping & the Airlines & it advises them about the product & what to do in the case of an emergency.
To avoid having to worry about things like this, it will help to hire an expert. A professional exhibition freighting company like EF-GSM, who specialise in the transport and Onsite handling assistance for exhibitions, can offer an all-inclusive service which will help you with everything from customs clearance, to transport to show management of your logistics. Hiring an expert like Exhibition Freighting G.S.M to assist with your exhibition means everything will run smoothly, and you can focus on getting the most out of your conference and enjoying all the opportunities that Cape Town has to offer.