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'Like' us? South Africa hoping to sway judges with Facebook campaign


Meetings leaders in Johannesburg are hoping an army of Facebook followers will make them flavour of the month with judges deciding where to host a major convention of chefs.

South Africa is bidding for the right to host the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS) Congress in 2016, alongside European rivals Greece and Turkey.

Johannesburg has been put forward as the city of choice in South Africa. Now Johannesburg Tourism is calling on members of the public, particularly chefs, to support the bid through a dedicated Facebook page. Supporters are being urged to ‘like’ the page and pass the link on to their friends. So far 120 people have ‘liked’ the page.

“We are rallying up support ahead of the vote in Korea in May so now is the time to cast your vote,” said Phelisa Mangcu, acting CEO of  Johannesburg Tourism Company. “We appreciate your support and are looking forward to bringing home a win.”

WACS represents a global network of 87 chefs associations and was founded in October 1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris. Its biannual congress has been held in 22 cities and attracts around 500 delegates.

Pictured: Sandton Convention Centre - bidding for WACS 2016

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