Joburg Tourism launches events calendar at Indaba 2016


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – In partnership with Gauteng Tourism, Joburg Tourism will be launching the City’s Events Calendar 2016 at the Tourism Indaba 2016 in Durban. This is set to take place on Sunday, 8 May at Lambert House in Florida Road, from 18h00 – 20h00.

“Events are one of the biggest contributors to the tourism sector, particularly in Joburg, attracting people from all over the country and the continent to our City,” says Nabintu Petsana, Head of Joburg tourism.

Many events that take place in the City have grown over the years and have contributed and boosted the local economy significantly. These events are a major draw card on the City’s social and tourism calendar and give the province an opportunity to showcase its wide range of offerings.

Events such as the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, Gauteng Summer Cup, Tribute Concert, Go West Heritage Week, Vaal River Carnival, Eid Shopping Festival, Land Rover Africa Polo Cup, Soweto Wine Festival, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg Shopping Festival, Spring Fiesta, to mention but a few, attract both local and international visitors, significantly boosting revenue throughout the tourism value chain and creating employment opportunities in so doing.

“Gathering at the Indaba 2016 (Lambert House, 210 Lambert Road off Florida Road Morningside) will give our celebrated events and event organizers the opportunity to showcase their fascinating events and provide opportunities to create attractive packages to increase visitor numbers to Joburg” says Petsana.

Joburg’s boasts an extraordinary array of arts and cultural festivals, exhibitions, expos, trade fairs and the many great sports events that take place at our world-class stadiums. These include test cricket at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Currie Cup rugby at Ellis Park Stadium, and soccer at FNB Stadium, which also plays host to major entertainment events and concerts by local and international music stars.

Joburg plays host to major music events annually. In 2014 Johannesburg played host to 2638 music concerts, while from January to mid November 2015, 2001 music events took place in the city. Among Joburg’s top music venues are the FNB Stadium, the Coca-Cola Dome, the Bassline and The Orbit.

Many of the world’s musical greats have performed or are soon performing in Johannesburg. Among these are John Legend, Carlos Santana, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Rodriguez, Roxette, Kenny Rogers, Michael Buble, Usher, Alanis Morissette, Josh Groban, George Benson, Alicia Keys, ZZ Top, Michael Jackson and Farrell Williams.

Joburg is home to the iconic 94 736-seater FNB stadium, the largest venue in South Africa. It has hosted some of the biggest international and local events including Memorial Service for Tata Nelson Mandela, musical acts including U2, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. It also plays host to major sporting events such as the final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup ™, the African Cup of Nations final in 2013, as well as major football matches like the popular Soweto Derby that involves two South African Premier Soccer League football giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Johannesburg hosts by far the greatest number of lifestyle expos in South Africa. In 2015, Johannesburg hosted 134 lifestyle expos up from 103 in 2014.