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CCID launches conferencing section on its website

CCID launches conferencing section on its website

17 Jul 2018 Tags: CCID conferencing Carola Koblitz

On 1 July, the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) introduced a new conferencing section on its website to make it easier to locate venues in which to host an event in the Central City.

According to Carola Koblitz, Communications manager for the CCID, the organisation’s website was originally created to make it easy to locate retailers, restaurants, accommodation venues and service providers in the Central City. With the CCID always on the hunt to make the website experience more relevant to CBD stakeholders, it last year introduced a function that would allow visitors to the site to search in each of the CCID’s four “neighbourhood” precincts. This year, the Communications department is adding further to this experience with a new function that enables stakeholders to find a venue, from a conference facility right down to a meeting room for a handful of people.

Says Carola: “In many ways, the CCID has become the first port of call for anyone looking for anything in the Central City. And one of the questions we get asked the most is to recommend a venue for hosting an event. This is exactly what the new conferencing section seeks to address.

“We have conducted extensive research on all possible venues in the Central City and have compiled a downloadable PDF containing over 60 under-roof establishments in the Central City with a combined total of 310 venues in which to host everything from a large-scale conference and exhibition to an intimate gathering or even a board meeting. Essentially, for anyone looking for a venue in which to host an event, we’ve done the searching and have made the list public. We’ve gone as far as including contact details, the type of venue it is, the number of people the venue can accommodate and in which precinct in the CBD the venue is located.”

The CCID’s Online Coordinator, Scott Arendse explains that the new conferencing section also enhances the “Explore” section of the website and enables users to discover much more information about what the Central City has to offer.

“By clicking on the “Invest” tab on the website, you’ll be led to a map that shows the four precincts

in which the CCID operates. We created this feature last year already, and it enables you to search for anything in and around a particular venue just by switching on or off certain search features. So whereas previously you could search for venues in the categories of ‘Eat’, ‘Stay’, ‘Play’, ‘Visit’, ‘Shop’, ‘Learn’ and ‘Services’, you can now also locate ‘Conferencing’ venues on the map.

“So, by clicking on ‘Conferencing’, you’ll be able to see pins on the map, showing where each venue is located. And if, for instance, you’re looking for a hotel that’s close to the venue in which you want to host your event, by simply clicking on the ‘Stay’ tab, you’ll be able to see the different hotels.

“In addition to the new conferencing section, the CCID’s website is a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about the CCID, its departments, staff, operations and geographical boundaries. All CCID publications and departmental campaigns can be found on the website, to be read online or downloaded for a variety of purposes. You can also get in touch with us via email to report an incident, send an enquiry or be added to our database to get our monthly e-newsletter.”

It is important to note that the CCID operates in the traditional downtown of the City of Cape Town across an area measuring 1.6km² – this stretches from Buitensingel to FW de Klerk Boulevard, and from Buitengracht to Canterbury Street. As such, only venues that fall within this footprint are included in the new conferencing section.