South Africa is a world-class, business tourism destination that offers good venues, facilities and services. The country is highly regarded for its value-for-money proposition. The destination is English-speaking and an overnight flight from the United Kingdom and Europe, without the side effects of jetlag.
The country also has a diverse array of leisure attractions and special event venues in spectacular natural surroundings for strategic conferences, pre and post tours and social programmes. These range from game viewing safaris and shark diving to hot air ballooning over scenic grasslands and African bushveld, from internationally renowned golf estates to the perennial favourites of sun, sea and seafood all washed down with wines from the best estates in the world.
The 2007 World Travel Awards named OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg as the best in Africa, the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) as Africa’s leading conference facility and Sun City Resort in the Pilansberg as Africa’s leading resort. Last year, Conde Nast Traveler voted Singita Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, as the second best resort in the world and the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) named the Garden Route as golfing destination of the year for Africa and the Middle East. Tripadvisor has rated Cape Town as their most popular destination in 2011.
South Africa is the gateway to all the neighbouring Southern African countries like Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique with best international air access via OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.