The votes have been counted and it is now official. The Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) has once again been crowned as “Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre” at the esteemed 2023 World Travel Awards. This prestigious accolade marks a remarkable milestone for the Durban ICC as it celebrates this remarkable achievement during the 30th-anniversary edition of the World Travel Awards.
In the 23-year history of the award category at the World Travel Awards, this marks the 18th occasion that the Durban ICC has been bestowed with this prestigious title, a testament to its unwavering commitment to excellence.
The World Travel Awards, known for its tradition of honouring travel excellence and industry leadership, has, for three decades, been recognising organisations that consistently elevate the standards of the global travel and tourism sector. The Durban ICC’s dedication to providing world-class services and facilities for meetings and conferences has made it a natural recipient of this prestigious title.
In celebration of this remarkable accomplishment, the World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony, hosted at Dubai’s iconic Atlantis The Royal on 15th October, served as the platform to honour this year’s winners. The glamorous event brought together industry leaders and luminaries from across the African and Indian Ocean regions.
Speaking at the event, Durban ICC Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Lindiwe Rakharebe expressed her gratitude, saying, “We are immensely proud and humbled to be named ‘Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre’ in the 2023 World Travel Awards. This achievement reflects the tireless dedication of our team and our unwavering commitment to providing a world-class platform for meetings and events.”
It was also a proud night for the city of Durban, which took top honours in two destination categories, namely “Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination” and “Africa’s Leading Festival and Event Destination”.
The Durban ICC has consistently been a pioneer in the international meetings and events industry in South Africa. It has served as a catalyst for economic growth and a hub for global knowledge exchange. This prestigious recognition by the World Travel Awards underscores its pivotal role in elevating South Africa’s stature in the global travel and tourism landscape.
The Durban ICC extends its gratitude to all its clients, partners, board members and stakeholders who have played an integral part in this journey of excellence. The centre remains steadfast in its mission to provide exceptional services, inspire innovation, and contribute to the growth of South Africa’s meetings and events industry.