The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) represents the main specialists in organizing, transporting and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises almost 1,000 member companies and organisations in over 90 countries worldwide.

South Africa’s National Tourism Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Thulani Nzima, has congratulated Nina Freysen-Pretorius on her election as president of the ICCA.

“We are proud of Nina and delighted that a South African has been recognized in this way by her peers around the world. Her vast experience and knowledge of the business events industry have been instrumental in the growth of our local industry.   We are immensely proud that her leadership abilities have been recognized internationally.

“As the first African president of ICCA, her appointment marks a major milestone on the road to establishing Africa as a business events destination of choice. She has been given the responsibility of leading a highly influential, global body,” Nzima said.

In addition Nzima said, “We are proud that our very own Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, Chief Convention Bureau Officer of the South Africa National Convention Bureau (SANCB), a business unit of South African Tourism, has been elected geographical member for Africa to the ICCA Board”

“Having two South Africans on the ICCA Board, one at the helm is a major boost for South Africa’s reputation as a business events destination. It is proof that we have the skills, insight and leadership capability to grow and develop the business events sector, not only in South Africa but globally”, says Nzima.

In 2013, South Africa was the leading destination in Africa and the Middle East and the 11th most popular long haul destination (all destinations outside of Europe and America).