About Cape Town - the 'Mother City'
Cape Town is rich in history. From the landing of Dutch pioneers in 1652 to the release of Nelson Mandela in 1991, countless historic events have unfolded in the Mother City.
Situated on the tip of the African Continent, Cape Town in South Africa is one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the world. The climate, the accessibility (for many visitors only an overnight flight away and no jet lag), the location between East and West, the rich cultural heritage and the favourable exchange rate all combine to make South Africa a popular destination for more and more international visitors.
The many wildlife parks in the north are home to the Big Five: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino, while the wetlands and marine reserves along the east coast teem with sea life and colourful birds, great and small. And then there are the beaches, the favourite holiday destination for swimming, surfing, fishing and relaxing.
Cape Town is not just a holiday destination however. The city hosts more international conferences than any other city in Africa and as a result, is has a strong knowledge economy. The fifth OCLC EMEA Regional Council meeting will be taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), a world class conference venue.
Cape Town has produced a number of famous entrepreneurs, such as Information Technology whizz-kid, Mark Shuttleworth (also the first African in Space) and supermarket pioneer, Raymond Ackerman.
Boatbuilding and services related to oil and gas, as well as shipping, form the backbone of industry in the Mother City. Cape Town is known for its creativity and is home to a number of world-class agencies which specialise in brand communication.
This vibrant, diverse and culturally rich city will be a wonderful back drop for the Meeting.