South Africa is now as a world-class incentive and meeting destination, where great value for the dollar is matched by a diverse travel product. Picturesque coastal cities like Durban and Cape Town are well-equipped to handle creative incentive programs. The Durban Convention Centre is one of the world's most beautiful and technologically advanced. In September, the four-level, 236,000-square-foot Sandton Convention Centre, able to accommodate 10,000, opened in Johannesburg, and by early 2003, Cape Town will have a $50 million convention center, able to host up to 5,000.
On South Africa safaris, guests dine and sleep in luxury while exploring the untamed bush country. Luxury flying safaris on vintage airplanes are an option, as are five-star rail adventures aboard the historic Blue Train or on Rovos Rail, headquartered in Pretoria. Other outings include a visit to the township of Soweto, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, where Nelson Mandela's family home is now a museum.
Last fall, the Village at Spier debuted in the wine country of Northern Cape Town, featuring 146 rooms and suites grouped around six private courtyards, each with its own pool and entertainment area. It is one of the largest conference venues in Cape Town, able to accommodate up to 300 people.
Contact the South African Tourist Office at (212) 730-2929, or visit www.satour.org.