Wednesday, 30 January 2019 11:46

Largest annual gathering of CEOs to boost Cape Town’s tourism

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YPO, the world’s premier leadership organisation for chief executives, will host more than 2 000 business leaders at YPO Edge in Cape Town from March 6 to 7, providing a boost to Cape Town’s tourism industry.

YPO Edge is an annual showcase of thought leadership and innovation, bringing together visionaries, talented leaders, subject matter experts and unique voices fromaround the world to engage and inspire attendees of this invitation-only event.

“Cape Town is the ideal host city for YPO Edge,” said Paul Berman, YPO member and Host City Chair. “The city is a renowned gateway to the worlds of business, technology, culture and innovation, and we are delighted for this opportunity to showcase all that the city has to offer to the talented group of global leaders who will be attending this premier event. YPO Edge presents a very tangible way to showcase our country and the exciting future we have ahead of us to some of the world’s most influential business leaders.”

“For two remarkable days, YPO members will lean forward into the future and get connected to new ideas and fresh perspectives,” said YPO CEO, Scott Mordell. “We are looking forward to hosting these extraordinary global leaders in the wonderful city of Cape Town.”

Beverley Schäfer, Minister of Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape added: “We are delighted to be hosting the YPO Edge delegates in Cape Town this year. The conference will give us an opportunity to showcase Cape Town and the rest of our province as a tourism, events and investment destination to a network of chief executives and thought leaders from around the globe.”

After the event, YPO will create a real-world example of the Life of Re_ as it plans to repurpose structural elements from the event to be donated to community projects in Langa, historically known as Cape Town’s oldest township.

“We are purposefully reinvesting in the local community as a way to thank our host city,” commented YPO Edge Chair, Ravi Naidoo.

“As a province, our focus has been on growing an economy for the future with a focus on tech, innovation and the green economy. This year’s theme of the Life of Re_ is perfectly aligned to our focus on reskilling, redefining and recycling, and I believe the YPO delegates will find a lot to be excited about here,” said Schäfer.

“We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present South Africa to this group of business leaders and demonstrate, after a period of adverse international publicity, how we are overcoming our challenges,” concluded Berman.

Source: TU

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