By AP news staffThe African Crafts Market (ACM) is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations and is set to expand to new locations in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, after the government approved the plan to convert some old buildings into luxury hotels.
The government approved a plan to open an 8,000-sq-metre exhibition centre for the annual festival of the African Arts and crafts in Pretoria on Saturday, bringing the market’s annual total to more than 100,000 visitors from around the world.
It is the first time that the market will be operated by a foreign company in South African history.
The main exhibition hall is being built in the former Stellenbosch’s Art Institute and is expected to open next year.
The centre is expected be used by foreign artists, art dealers and visitors, who can also use the space for workshops and workshops events, as well as other activities.
It is also expected to be used for concerts, film screenings, theatre performances, exhibitions and workshops.
It will be the second time the market has been opened in Pretrial, after it was opened in 1991, according to the Department of Tourism.
The market is currently run by the South African Government.