Limpopo, Polokwane: Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) is thrilled that Limpopo Province has been confirmed as the host destination of the upcoming 2019 edition of IFES World Assembly that will take place in Bela Bela, Waterberg on 3-11 July 2019. This conference is set to attract an estimated 1 150 delegates from some 160 countries, who will spend about two weeks in the region. The idea to bring this conference to Limpopo was born out of engagements at Meetings Africa 2018, confirming the importance of this marketing platform.
IFES is a global movement of affiliated national movements working in over 160 countries worldwide. The assembly takes place every four years, gathering IFES students, faculty, staff and board members from all over the globe. According to IFES, World Assembly is a unique time to hear from God together. This is taken as the most important time to share and encourage one another, but also the time to pray and worship as a global family.
The province stands to benefit significantly from this gathering. This will be an opportunity to showcase the province’s offerings as a tourism and conferencing destination. The conference will also contribute to the economy of the province as well as create a number of temporary jobs. The CEO of LTA, Ms. Nomasonto Ndlovu said, “We are very excited to be the host destination for this important conference, at a crucial time as the country is facing so many challenges. We remain focused on supporting the Business Events industry in order to ensure that many of these conferences come to Limpopo as we implement our destination marketing strategy. This will fortify Limpopo’s Business Events positioning and further demonstrate that this destination has capacity and capability to host events of this magnitude. This is in line with our vision to position Limpopo as a leading tourism destination in Southern Africa”.
The Waterberg region, where the Assembly will be held, is home to a myriad of attractions that the Province is boasting, such as Nylsvley Nature Reserve, a RAMSAR Site with over 400 bird species, Waterberg Biosphere, Makapans Valley, Marakele National Park , golf and many private game reserves, to name but a few.
“We are confident that post this conference, Limpopo and Waterberg region will inspire conference delegates to come back to the province for holidays with their friends and families The province will also benefit from this Assembly in line with the vision of IFES World Assembly, which is to see students built into communities of disciples, transformed by the gospel and impacting the university, the church and society for the glory of Christ”, concluded Ndlovu.
Septi Bukula, Director of Osiba Management says, “We are particularly pleased to be hosting this conference in Limpopo. As a company, this is the biggest conference we have had the privilege of being involved in organising, and the first ever in Limpopo province. The support and co-operation we have received to date from Limpopo Tourism and the two establishments we have booked out for the conference has been phenomenal. We look forward to hosting a memorable World Assembly.”
According to Johannesburg-based Osiba Management, the PCO supporting the organising of the Assembly, a number of enquiries for pre-and post-Assembly tours are already being received from delegates around the world.