Where is the best big city destination offering the most facilities and services in-demand from planners and attendees today with the highest ROI/ROE? We have a few ideas and Cape Town is near the top of the list, because the city is still priced well below competitive markets due to the massive build up before the 2010 World Cup.
For example, in December, the Pavilion Conference Centre relocated to the upscale Clock Tower development in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Just 10 minutes from the city center, the marina area is like a city unto itself with over 80 restaurants, 450 shops and the spectacular 5-star One&Only Cape Town. The Pavilion can host a group of 850 pax for receptions, and for full day events, they have a group package priced at $44 pp, including: 12-hour venue hire, arrival/mid-morning and afternoon refreshments, and standing lunch.
The Clock Tower has become a foodie paradise in and around the harbor with so many restaurants for all budgets. But even at the high end, the pricing is approachable. The top grain-fed steaks at Belthazar and City Grill—two of the highest ranked restaurants in the V&A—are about $21. Although try their South African specialties: frikkadels, droëwors, ostrich and yummy karoo lamb chops. You might also consider a progressive dinner with Meloncino and Greek Fisherman.
“Capetonians have a diverse food palate ranging from spicy to healthy to traditional, so we’ve kept our diverse culinary culture in mind,” says Alex Kabalin, retail executive of the V&A. “In this area alone, we are serving between 3,000 to 4,000 meals per day.”
For shopping, there are a variety of mini-markets within the Clock Tower development. The Waterfront Craft Market is located near the Two Oceans Aquarium, selling handcrafted textiles, antiques and accessories. Check out Umzamo Curios, a family-owned shop with baskets and bowls constructed out of Zimbabwean grass. And take a look at Thando for beautiful, well-priced African jewelry.