Bookmark this publishers’ congressFebruary 21st, 2012 by Andrew Moth | Categories: industry, tourism
The hotel and restaurant industries in the Western Cape will get a welcome mid-winter boost when the International Publishers Association (IPA) holds its 29th congress in the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
The IPA congress will attract between 600 and 1 000 delegates to hear and interact with the who’s who of the publishing world.
Being held for the first time in South Africa, the congress begins on June 12 and closes on June 14. The Cape Town Book Fair will follow the congress – running from June 15 to June 17.
Run by the Publishing Association of South Africa (PASA), the book fair was started seven years ago and, since its inception in 2005, has grown to become the premier book fair in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Last held in 2010 it attracted 273 exhibitors and more than 33 000 visitors and has established itself as the best platform for the exchange of information and trade in the business of publishing. It is described as an opportunity for engaging the African, Arab and Asian publishing worlds.
According to Brian Wafawarowa, executive director of the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA), the value of the 29th IPA Congress being held in Cape Town is enormous. “It will be the first time that the congress is being held in Africa in over 100 years.”