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Since Durban appears to be on a big event targetting strategy and has already secured some massive events for the years ahead such as COP17, the IOC conference 2011, world transplant games 2013, world architecture 2014 and the world forestry congress in 2015.

What other large events should the city set its sights on? We know most of this is prep and credentials for the 2020 olympic bid. But it seems the 2017 world student games is in sight. So should IAAF champs and FINA champs be too?

Or any stand out conferences since we are making a name for ourselves. Additionally Durban should start to climb much higher up the city conference rankings now that we have a dedicated convention bureau. Its not often mentioned, but cities rankings are solely decided based on documentation submitted by that city to justify the number of international events held. CT have had a team working on this for years, compiling data across venues all over the city, we had no one doing this and hence not all events were being submitted or acknowledged which was detrimental to the city and very poor. Basically the best way to shoot up the rankings is to account for all u do, no one will for you.
 

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Durban has the unique advantage of having fantastic conference facilities and sporting facilities (not to mention good weather throughout the year so seasonal issues are not a challenge for non-ice sporting events).

Given MM and Kings Park Swimming Arena (and the wider Kings Park precinct), we should target:

Sporting events

- Summer Olympics (2020 or 2024)

- IAAF World Championships

- All-Africa Games

- IAAF World Youth Championships

- Commonwealth Games

- Commonwealth Youth Games

- World Student / University Games

- World Masters Games

- Afro-Asian Games (brings together thousands of athletes from the world's two biggest continents; The first Games were held in Hyderabad, India in 2003; the 2nd was supposed to have been held in Algiers, Algeria in 2007 but was postponed indefinitely. Given Durban's unique and heavy Afro-Asian mix, it would be THE most appropriate future venue for the Games, if it ever gets off the ground again).

- FINA (swimming and water sports) World Cup

- World Police and Fire Games (for law enforcement officers and firefighters worldwide); third only to the World Masters Games and Summer Olympics in number of participants).

- World Out Games (approx 12,000 competitors)

- Gay Games (approx 12,000 competitors; Jhb lost the 2010 bid)

- World X-Games (Giba Gorge, Shongweni Dam / Mountain, and Inanda Dam / Mountain would be good sites, and offer fantastic scenery too)

- African Youth Games
 

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That's a monster list bud. Surely a tailored approach is better. Ie the key ones as we could not possibly host them all and some are pointless for brand building. Besides our olympics target what others should be the 15 year horizon?
 

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No, not all of them! But the above are the some of the biggest multi-sport events and would bring thousands of visitors to the city.

My top 3 wish-list would be:

1. 2020/2024 Olympics.
2. IAAF World Championships.
3. FINA World Cup.
 

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Exactly. but while sports events are important, my other angle with this thread is which other conferences and non sports events should be targetting? Are there any events like Indaba that we could make Durban the permanent home?

Clearly these ambitions would need an expansion to the DEC/ICC complex, this should ideally begin in the next 2 years.
 

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Some very high-profile international meetings have already been hosted in Durbs so I am not sure if we will get them again. At least not for a while, anyway. For example,

- Non-Alligned Movement Heads of States
- Commonwealth Heads of States
- African Union Heads of States (the AU was launched in Durban so it may be a while before we get another major AU meeting)
- World AIDS Conference (the biggest medical conference in the world)

In my opinion, we should, in particular, aggressively target major medical conference (there are dozens of them as medicine has so many fields), as well as major academic and professional conference. These events draw thousands of (usually) high-spending visitors.
 
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