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ICC AFRICA’S BEST (article first published : 2003-11-16)

Durban's showcase International Convention Centre (ICC Durban) is set to remain “Africa's Leading Conference Centre”, having won this title for the third consecutive year from the World Travel Awards.

ICC's chief executive officer, Alec Gilbert, who will accept the award in London next week, commented; "This announcement couldn't have come at a better time... on the eve of today's approval by eThekwini Mayor, Councillor Obed Mlaba, of the R395 million expansion project to double the size of ICC Durban."

He added; "On completion of Phase 2, the final phase of the expansion, ICC Durban will be in a league of its own, being the only venue in the country able to accommodate events for over 10,000 people. The worldwide trend is for bigger conferences and this project will enable us to meet the requirements of the most valuable end of the international meetings industry.

"We will be able to seat 13,000 people and will have a new 6,000-seat auditorium, called the “'ICC Durban Arena”, which will be used for indoor sports events and concerts, thereby opening up new revenue streams. It will mark the beginning of a new era for ICC as the building becomes very accessible to the public.

"At the end of the expansion, ICC Durban will cover a total of 30,000 square metres, with the option of increasing capacities even further by using the adjacent Durban Exhibition Centre.

"We will continue to set ICC Durban apart from other convention centres by marketing our centre as 'the most African experience,” added Alec Gilbert. “The expansion and the April 2004 opening of the uShaka Marine World, will add major impetus to our campaign."




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