South Africa’s business travel hot spots Johannesburg and Cape Town are facing competition from the country’s rising star – the city of Durban. The recently published MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index has predicted that Durban, with its important and busy sea port, will be this year’s fastest-growing city in Africa.
African Business Review reports that Durban, situated on South Africa’s east coast, is the largest city in the KwaZulu-Natal province and the third largest in the country. The report quotes CNN that mentioned Durban in her list of the ten most underrated cities in the world, along with Darwin (Australia) and Lisbon (Portugal).
Durban has experienced a boom in tourist visits since becoming the host city for the 2010 World Cup, resulting in the construction of the impressive Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Durban also attracts visitors with its ICC Durban, one of the most advanced conference facilities in the world. Located in the centre of the city, and only 15 minutes from the airport, the centre features three individual halls which can be opened up to create one expansive space. Adjacent to the Durban Exhibition Centre, which has two large halls, both centres can be opened up and joined to accommodate a total of 10,000 visitors.