n Meetings - No shrinking violet - big interview

Volume 2019 Number 83
  • ISSN : 1684-9264


Nobody can do it quite the way Amanda does. The year gone by was a fruitful one for the SANCB and the city and provincial convention bureaus around the country, which, in FY 2017/18, submitted 94 bids for international and regional events, growing the number of submissions from 78 the previous financial year. The combined economic value of these 94 bids is a staggering R1.9 billion. Amanda, chief convention bureau officer for the SANCB, has been pivotal in driving the bidding process that has seen a number of large-scale international events being hosted in South Africa, also bringing about a shift in the type of events that the country hosted. “There was a bit more variety in 2018. Whereas there has typically been a big focus on medical and science, other sectors also came up. A major event in line with this is the World Ophthalmology Congress in 2020, where we are hoping to attract 15 000 delegates,” says Amanda.

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