"South Africa is aggressively pursuing a greater share of the events market, targeting at least 30 bids, with a potential of 18,000 delegates and R162,000,000 (£13.5m) in direct economic spend in 2012/13 through its newly-established National Convention Bureau (NCB).

Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk opened the country's major meetings trade show, Meetings Africa, in Johannesburg today, saying partnership would be key to South Africa's business tourism growth."