V&A Waterfront Endorses Africa Energy Week 2021 and Helps Tourism Recovery
The African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org) is proud to announce that the V&A Waterfront, the country’s main tourist destination, as the official host partner of the upcoming African Energy Week (AEW) 2021, which will take place in Cape Town on the 9e-12e November 2021; Representing the first and only Africa-focused in-person energy event to take place in Africa in 2021, AEW 2021 is expected to have significant impacts on Cape Town’s events industry, generating revenue and tourism following the COVID-19 pandemic; Approval and support by the promoters of the V&A Waterfront AEW The 2021 agenda to ensure Africa-focused energy events stay in Africa, ensuring that African people and African industries benefit fully.
The African Energy Chamber (AEC) flagship event, African Energy Week (AEW) 2021, takes place in Cape Town on the 9e-12e November at the iconic V&A Waterfront. Representing Cape Town’s premier socio-cultural location and one of Africa’s most visited tourist destinations each year, Waterfront’s support is important to AEW 2021, fueling the narrative that Africa-focused energy events should stay in Africa.
Located in South Africa’s oldest working port, and with the magnificent Table Mountain as a backdrop, the Waterfront features more than 80 restaurants, 12 hotels, 500 retail stores, five museums and 22 heritage sites. With direct links to downtown Cape Town and a variety of attractions attracting an impressive number of regional and international tourists each year, the Waterfront’s integration of social, cultural, sporting and entertainment activities into one location perfectly portrays the wonders that South Africa has to offer.
Notable waterfront attractions include the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, the world’s largest museum of contemporary African art located in the historic grain silo; The Chavonnes battery museum and the battery park, located on the site of a historic monument 18e century fort of Cape Town; and the Robben Island Jetty 1 museum, housing information on the history of Robben Island. Considered the heart of Cape Town’s history, the Waterfront is a destination of choice for all history and culture buffs.
Additionally, the Waterfront has one of Cape Town’s busiest event industries with multiple conference venues and venues attracting tourists from the business, sports, entertainment and education sectors from around the world. The Waterfront not only offers a “beautiful setting, but its historic architecture and world-class facilities make it an ideal conference destination.”
With AEW With a focus in 2021 on interactive networking and the move towards alternative event structures, the Waterfront is the perfect location for Africa’s premier energy event. By using multiple sites on the seafront, AEW 2021 not only offers attendees a revolutionary event format, but also allows attendees to visit some of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions. In addition, the multiplatform approach of AEW 2021, made possible by the various Waterfront site options, complies with COVID-19 social distancing and gathering restrictions, ensuring the event welcomes a large audience while enforcing government regulations. As a result, both AEW 2021 and the Waterfront highlight that Africa-focused events can and should will be held in Africa in 2021.
“The return of major events such as Africa Energy Week 2021, bringing with them international visitors to the mother city, will be essential to revitalize our marketing efforts as the world reopens as we learn to live. with the Covid-19 pandemic. We look forward to welcoming African Energy Week delegates and introducing them to the heritage, diversity and vibrant spirit of our neighborhood, ”said David Green, CEO, the V&A Waterfront.
“Using the Waterfront as a location for AEW 2021, the AEC emphasizes the role of energy events in initiating community developments and impacts, and demonstrates that decisions regarding Africa’s energy sector should be made in Africa. AEW 2021 not only seeks to develop the African energy sector, but aims to contribute to the growth of the tourism and events industry. The approval by the Waterfront only promotes this program, allowing for increased socio-economic benefits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ”said Katie Briant, director of operations and events for AEW 2021.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the African Chamber of Energy.
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