Crime in the City Not an Issue for Conferences - Boraine
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH
CRIME in the city is "certainly not an issue" for major international conventions and congresses, despite reports that an international organisation chose not to come to Cape Town because of its members' concerns about crime.
Andrew Boraine, chairperson of the board of Convenco, which runs the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC), said the International School Psychology Association (Ipsa) had "not even booked" its 2009 colloquium in the city.
"Cape Town was just one of the options (Ipsa) was looking at," said Boraine. "They were nowhere near a decision."
CTICC managing director Dirk Elzinga said he wanted to establish what the "real issue" was behind Ipsa's decision.
"We have had no direct contact with (Ipsa's) executive committee," said Elzinga.
He said 250 000 delegates had attended conferences at the CTICC last year, and "not one serious incident" had been reported.
"There is no reason to think the CTICC, Cape Town's CBD or the city as a whole is an unsafe destination," said Elzinga.
"We have never lost a conference for safety reasons and we hope it will stay that way. …