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New three-year sponsorship agreement on the cards for Mitchells Plain Festival and Africa Travel Week <p>​</p><p>Council's decision means that, pending negotiations with the event organiser, the City of Cape Town will provide support to the DStv KykNET and Kie Mitchells Plain Festival for the 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25 financial years. </p><p> </p><p>The support will be in the form of municipal and Event services. </p><p> </p><p>The agreement will kick in for the festival's latest edition taking place over three days between 2 and 4 December 2022 at Westridge Gardens in Mitchells Plain. </p><p> </p><p>The KykNET and Kie Mitchells Plain Festival is the biggest community event in Cape Town, with roughly 40 000 attendees<strong><em> </em></strong>annually<strong><em>. </em></strong></p><p> </p><p>'Entering into a multi-year agreement with the DStv KykNET and Kie Mitchells Plain Festival is a demonstration of the City's commitment to supporting community-orientated events which aim to make a positive impact and amplify the economic growth of those areas. </p><p> </p><p>'The Mitchells Plain Festival has, over the last 13 years, proven to be a valuable platform for local traders, suppliers, artists and organisations to make a living and promote their businesses. It has also been an important resource for young people in the area to get career guidance, employment opportunities and earn important skills. As the City we are proud to get behind an event that has had a deep impact on the people of Mitchell's Plain and beyond,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security Alderman JP Smith. </p><p> </p><p>Said festival director Rozario Brown: 'The Organisers of the DStv Kyknet & Kie Mitchells Plain Festival, in association with the Plainsman and Cycle of Life, are grateful for the opportunity to be partnering with the City of Cape for the next three years again.  It's a partnership that's working and the event has over the years proven to be a massive success for all parties concerned.  This particular partnership enables us to keep entry fees, trading and exhibition fees and all related fees, at below market related prices and as such ensures that the event remains relevant, affordable and accessible, to all residents.  Most importantly, we thank the thousands of supporters who continue to come out and support this festival.  Without the people, there will be no festival.'</p><p> </p><p><strong>Africa Travel Week </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Council also gave the go ahead for the Events Department to enter into a three-year agreement for the City to support Africa Travel Week for the 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25 financial years.</p><p> </p><p>Africa Travel Week is a nexus of travel professionals across South Africa, the continent and the world and plays host to various shows, conferences and award ceremonies focusing on leisure tourism, luxury travel, LGBTQ+, MICE/business travel, sports tourism as well as travel technology. </p><p> </p><p>'Entering into a multi-year agreement will allow us to provide stability to an event that has assisted in promoting our tourism sector, ensure the event organiser has the required support to put together the event for the next three years and in the long term will benefit the local tourism sector post the pandemic,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth, Alderman James Vos.</p><p> </p><p>Africa Travel Week brings together more than 6 000 industry professionals, around a 1000 global buyers, more than 700 exhibitors and hundreds of media in one venue for three days. </p><p> </p><p>'We are thrilled to continue and develop our relationship with the City of Cape Town. Since the inception of WTM Africa in 2014, our partnership has gone from strength to strength, and we're grateful for the unwavering support the City has shown us – which is clearly demonstrated in our 3-year deal. As one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town truly is the ideal destination for travel and tourism industry players to connect and write business. The City's infrastructure is world-class and 100% of our buyers have chosen Cape Town as their destination of choice for the event,' said RX Global Managing Director, Carol Weaving.</p><p> </p><p>Further to this, Africa Travel Week hosts the African Tourism Investment Summit which promotes Africa as a key tourism investment destination.</p><p> </p><p>Pre-pandemic, deals worth around 451 000 million US Dollars were signed at that event and more than 3 000 jobs were created as a result of the event.</p><p> </p><p>Africa Travel Week's two flagship events, ILTM Africa and WTM Africa, are scheduled for 31 March – 2 April at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and 3 – 5 April 2023 at the CTICC respectively.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-10-26T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#f9891347-9853-4a33-be46-2fd52a61e835;L0|#0f9891347-9853-4a33-be46-2fd52a61e835|events;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb10


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