This was confirmed by the Executive Mayor of City of Johannesburg Parks Tau, recently.
The C40 Summit on Climate Change, Mayors and Board of Directors of the Metropolis organizations and One Young World Summit, are the three major events which would once again, place Johannesburg as the city thriving with business opportunities, international tourists and a cool city to be at.
Recently, Johannesburg was voted the second most popular and visited City in Africa.
“The decision to award the hosting of conventions in Johannesburg is a recognition for the contribution the City makes in finding solutions for issues confronting urban environments such as informal settlements, service delivery, migration and the management of natural resources.
It also confirms the growing role that cities on the continent of Africa play on the global stage and in international forums,” says Tau.
Despite the major glitches the City faces, it has gone beyond the call of duty to resolve and identify matters which the residents face. And hopefully, with this great news the Mayor and his lieutenants would like to live up to that.
According to the press information, the convention will bring together more than 200 delegates.
The 2012 meeting of the Board will be held in the Chinese city of Guangzhou and the Johannesburg meeting will prepare the way for the 11th World Congress of Metropolis to be hosted by Hyderabad in India in 2014.
Johannesburg has a strong track record of hosting global events of this nature such as the World Summit on Sustainable Development as well as premier sporting events like the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the All-Africa Games and the Rugby and Cricket World Cups, respectively, commented the Mayor.
His counterpart at Johannesburg Tourism, acting CE Phelisa Mangcu, is thrilled with Joburg’s growing list of recent bids won and set to take place over the next few years.
“In association with stakeholders, our Convention Bureau continues with its sustained bidding efforts and there is no doubt that these are bearing fruit, contributing substantial economic benefits to our local industry.”
Meanwhile, the Africa Cup Polo takes place this week at the Inanda Club from July 20 to 22 in Sandton.
The elite event also signifies what the City has to offer on the social and lifestyle scenes apart from international boardroom talks.
Last year, its major financial backer BMW SA pulled the plug owing to budget constraints and economical meltdown.