We take great pleasure in introducing our host city – Cape Town, South Africa, to you, for the 2018 SAPICS Annual Conference.
Cape Town is ranked as one of the world’s top tourist and holiday destinations, and is consistently crowned one of the top ten cities in the world.
The impressive presence of Table Mountain, flanked by the legendary Devil’s Peak and historical Signal Hill, stands proudly above the city. Beautiful white sandy beaches along a peaceful coastline frame the Cape Peninsula, which is famed for its unique floral kingdom, bountiful rivers, dams and magnificent countryside. The surrounding area extends far into the Winelands, green in summer and red-gold in autumn.
The city provides a setting for many scenic wonders, magnificent seascapes and panoramic vistas. The beautiful coastal areas of Camps Bay, Clifton, Llandudno, Bantry Bay, Hout Bay and Blouberg surround the breathtaking tranquility of the Winelands: Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.
It boasts a multitude of entertainment, ranging from outdoor activities and adventures in the sun to a roaring nightlife under neon signs. The vast range of shopping opportunities includes haggling with shopholders at Greenmarket Square Flea Market, as well as breezing through sophisticated and stylish shopping malls. The SAPICS Conference venue, Century City Conference Centre is conveniently located within walking distance to Canal Walk, a modern shopping mall with a wide range of shops. The huge variety of restaurants reflects the multicultured history of the Cape and caters for everyone’s taste, from fast-food outlets and casual to the chic and the very elegant.
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO AND FROM CAPE TOWN | ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
Delegates to Cape Town mostly arrive and depart by air. Once on the ground, getting around is relatively simple and convenient, with MyCiti bus services, taxis, hotel shuttles and hire-cars being the preferred mode of transport for international travellers. Cape Town airport is modern with facilities to match. Apart from shops and restaurants, international arrival halls have banks and foreign exchange outlets. Lounges are available for business-class travellers. All of the airports offer wireless Internet (WIFI) access throughout the building or designated ‘hot spots’ where coverage exists.
Departing passengers should allow at least two and a half hours check in time for all international flights. An hour and a half is normally adequate for domestic check-in and this will allow for sufficient time for parking and check processes. Transport booked through the Event Secretariat will be scheduled to depart in good time for your departure flight.
FUN FACTS ABOUT CAPE TOWN
- Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world.
- The Cape Floral Kingdom has 9,600 plant species, 70% of which are not found anywhere else in the world.
- Cape Town has the longest wine route in the world.
- Has the oldest wine industry outside of Europe and the Mediterranean, featuring Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cinsault, Riesling, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage varietals.
- The Cape Peninsula was originally known as the Cape of Storms by legendary explorer Bartholomew Dias. Later, it became known as the Cape of Good Hope because it offered colonial powers the promise of a sea route to the East.
- The city of Cape Town is the most popular international tourist destination in Africa, even ahead of Cairo, this is partly because of the good weather conditions, natural setting, and well-developed infrastructure it offers.
- There are 2 Cape Town restaurants among the top 50 restaurants of the world. La Colombe restaurant in Constantia, Cape Town, was voted the 12th best and Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek came in at 31.
- In 1967, the world’s first heart transplant was performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard in the city of Cape Town.
- Cape Town is the home to Robben Island, somewhere around 6.2 miles from the city, was where many of the anti-apartheid leaders were imprisoned.
- The Cape Town Stadium was built ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the stadium hosted eight soccer matches during the tournament.