AviaDev, the African aviation development conference, will take place in Cape Town in June 2018. The networking event, which is entering its third year of growth, initially took place in Kigali, alongside the African Hotel Investment Forum, AHIF, and explored the link between Aviation and Hospitality development.
Bench Events, AviaDev’s organiser, expects to welcome 250-300 delegates and 30 airlines later this year to the only forum that is dedicated to advancing Africa’s connectivity across the continent. Bringing together airports, airlines, tourism authorities, governments and industry suppliers, AviaDev offers attendees the ability to pre-arrange meetings in professional surroundings, offering the opportunity to hold high-level discussions with a wide range of current and prospective partners in an extremely time-efficient manner.
The principal conversations at AviaDev will take place between the top management of airports and of airlines. The airports (and the destinations they serve) are seeking to attract new routes, as that is beneficial to the wider economy. Airlines are evaluating which destinations it will be most profitable to add to their network. There will also be space for industry suppliers to exhibit too.
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, Western Cape Government, welcomed the hosting of the conference in Cape Town, due to the strategic importance of its agenda: “Boosting connectivity between African destinations is good for business and good for tourism, both of which create jobs for residents
“The Cape Town Air Access initiative has already made significant strides in growing the number of travellers arriving at our world-class airport and this conference will provide us with a platform to further expand our networks. The tourism sector in the Western Cape is already a large-scale employer, with massive potential for growth. We believe that growing connectivity with the rest of Africa will help us unlock that potential.”
AviaDev will take place at the Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel on June 12-14. In parallel, Bench Events will also run a regional AHIF briefing, which will attract the hotel investment community, who will be keen to join discussions about which African destinations will be highest priority for more aviation traffic.