The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) will have a new CEO at the end of January, as Taubie Motlhabane takes over the position from current CEO Julie-May Ellingson. Motlhabane holds a masters in global marketing as well as a bachelor degree in communications and has over 29 years’ experience in both the private and public business sphere. Her previous roles have included executive director of Tshwane Convention & Visitor Bureau and business tourism manager for South African Tourism.
“It has been an absolute pleasure working at the CTICC,” says Ellingson, “and it is with pride that I hand over to another knowledgeable, passionate, and strong woman. I wish Taubie all the best and I am sure the CTICC will continue to go from strength to strength.”
The CTICC has garnered a reputation for being a coveted international and local business destination. Ellingson notes, “The centre’s success can be attributed to a passionate CTICC team that focuses on attracting and hosting events seamlessly. The addition of CTICC 2 is testament to this success, and something I am particularly proud to have lead and completed during my time at the convention centre. The CTICC has not only grown its footprint over the past five years but also its revenues, operating profit and, most importantly, its overall economic contribution. This year we increased our revenue by over 11%, created 14 620 direct and indirect jobs and contributed R4.5bn to the Western Cape Gross Geographical Product (GGP) and R6.5bn to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”
On her upcoming role as CEO of the CTICC, Motlhabane says, “I am excited about building on the success of the conferencing complex. I know that the sector is a dynamic industry, and one with so much potential. I intend to strategically harness and unlock this possibility and essentially build on the centre’s stellar reputation on the global stage.”