Win with Avianto Conference Centre in Muldersdrift, Gauteng

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The VENUE PAGES is happy to announce a new competition, this time, sponsored by the magical AVIANTO VILLAGE AND HOTEL in the Muldersdrift region of Gauteng!

It’s easy to win. Read this informative article on this magnificent venue, answer the simple question below, submit this to us by leaving your answer in the comments section and voila! you could be the winner ! We will draw one lucky winner on 30 August, 2013.  Remember to hit the like or tweet button too.  If you want to get notified of new competitions in future click on follow this blog on the top right.

BACKGROUND

Avianto is a well established, highly regarded events destination that has become one of Johannesburg’s most popular conference venues and wedding venues, offering luxury accommodation in a peaceful, country setting near Muldersdrift.

Guests are ensured of 5-star treatment at this up-market venue with exceptional standards in all areas.

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The grounds are ideal for team building if this forms part of your agenda.

LOCATION
Situated on the banks of the Crocodile River and surrounded by the Zwarkoppies hills and The Cradle of Humankind nestles this awesome, European-inspired village, set in a relaxed environment; a home-from-home and the perfect conference destination.

Conference venues within this beautiful Village include several variations of venues many of which can be sized according to your needs. The maximum seating capacity in the largest venue is approximately 200.

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Avianto’s professional and experienced events management team will create the perfect ambience for your next event with efficient yet unobtrusive service, attention to detail being of the utmost importance.

Accommodation rooms in the hotel in the Avianto village are set slightly apart from the main function venues comprising 34 rooms, which include 29 luxury rooms and 5 suites, beautifully and individually appointed and have been designed to connect people for the duration of their stay – not separate them into numbered boxes filled with their escape mechanism of choice.

The village by design makes each guest individual, living in a personal space with its own character and yet intrinsically part of a community, a team. This is a subtle but important message to attract conferences for, after all, team bonding is an essential ingredient to any conference or seminar.

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UNIQUE TEAM BUILDING ….. In addition to Avianto’s large repertoire of team building activities, is AVIANTO’S “READY, STEADY, COOK” AND “POTJIE COOK-OFF” (aka Master Chef Avianto), a new and unique addition to their team building activities. This has taken off like wild-fire and ensures the desired result of team-work, support, fun and the spirit of oneness.

This is an experience facilitated by the Executive Chef and his talented and competent team. While creativity is a great part of this event, your team will also have the opportunity to relax, unwind and use their ingenuity both in cooking their own meals and producing a “Ready, Steady, Cook” feast! All the while learning to communicate and bond as a team.

Several different scenarios are on offer. The most popular being the “Mystery Meal Cook-Off” where each team is supplied with a mystery packet of ingredients. Teams are given a few minutes to exchange ingredients with one another and then they have to create a mystery meal using the ingredients supplied. The real test comes in the actual preparing of the various dishes, as well as how the plates for each course are garnished and presented. Teams are judged on taste and presentation of the meal, and their teamwork.
Avianto’s newly built Boma area, hosts a “Potjie Dinner” teambuilding event also facilitated by their creative Chef. This activity is an excellent combination of teambuilding and the preparation of a meal. Potjie pots, fires and ingredients are provided and teams are given the task of cooking a potjie to the judges’ liking. To make it more fun, why not add a “Cocktail Challenge” to the mix? Teams will have to invent a new cocktail which includes mixing and naming the drink. Judging is based on taste, presentation, originality and teamwork.

Competition Corner:

This month, The Venue Pages Blog is running a competition for all readers to enter and the prize for the lucky winner, whose name will be drawn on 30 August is a one night stay for two adults, on a bed and breakfast basis at this haven in the country, plus a lovingly prepared picnic basket for lunch on the Saturday. Don’t miss this opportunity; follow our Blog until the draw takes place. Simply answer the question below, leave your answer in the comments section and hit the like or tweet button if you like this post and Voila! you could be the winner ! Good Luck !

HOW MANY LUXURY ROOMS DOES AVIANTO VILLAGE OFFER?

Brought to you in the interest of professional hospitality by VENUE PAGES (www.venuepages.co.za)

Building Strong Customer Relationships is Vital for your Company’s Survival

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Building strong relationships with clients has never been more important and is getting more and more difficult every day. Research shows that the point where you now make contact with a client is moving further and further down the sales funnel. The nature of customer relationships has changed dramatically. This is mostly because consumers interact differently with brands through ubiquitous technology like social media and mobile devices. The way you connect with your customers need to be just as dynamic in order to stay alive.

Your network of contacts is your lifeline. Grow your network constantly with business colleagues, professional acquaintances, prospective and existing customers, partners, suppliers, contractors and association members, as well as family, friends and people you meet at school, church and in your community. But remember to also segment your lists. When communication with your clients is personalised, it creates a whole new dynamic.

Relationships need to be taken care of just like you take care of a little baby. It needs constant and early attention. You can’t expect someone to remember you a year later after a once off introduction. When you meet someone at a networking event immediately make contact to strengthen that relationship. Send a “great to meet you” email. Follow up with an email to reinforce who you are and what your company does. Send them an email to tell them that you have added them to the company newsletter.

Be authentic with your customers. Make sure your company has a voice and owns that voice. Be genuine and be yourself. Deep, authentic passion, clear vision and great communication skills will build stronger and more trusting relationships with people, and will engage them better. Be a partner, not just a service provider. Make sure you understand your client’s business on the inside and out.

Build your reputation as an expert by giving away some free insight. Having a blog site is a great way of doing this. Create content that your customers will want to read. When you send out newsletters don’t just sell, sell, sell. Today’s customers want to be engaged on a different level. Speak your customer’s language. Find out what is important to your customers and write about that. This will make you a thought leader and will build loyalty and trust.

“Don’t promise what you can’t deliver, and deliver everything you promise.” – Richard Branson
Trust is the glue that holds relationships together. Your customers and clients need to trust you. Trust is built by continuously and consistently doing what you said you would do. When you tell a customer you’ll call them back, do it. When you promise to follow-up, do it. Always be transparent in your business.

Reward loyal customers. As relationships develop, customers should always be ascending within your business. Introduce various levels of customer loyalty and have perks associated with each new level. Educate new customers about your loyalty programmes and show them what a loyal customer looks like. Show customer testimonials as often as you can. This also makes for great content for your blog posts, social media, and newsletters.

Written by Gigi on behalf of Intundla Conference Venue
Tel: 012 735 9913/4 | 012 808 5306 | 012 808 0714/29
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Win with Le Manoir de Brendel, a conference venue in Franschhoek, Western Cape

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THE VENUE PAGES is proud to be associated with LE MANOIR DE BRENDEL, a conference venue in Franschhoek in the Western Cape, who are the sponsors of our current competition. Read this article and enter the competition further down to stand a chance of winning a two night stay, for two adults at this magnificent, luxurious 5-star venue including bed and breakfast. All you need to do is answer a simple question, leave your answer in the comments section, right at the bottom of the page, hit submit and you’re in!! Remember to hit the Facebook Like button or the Twitter Tweet button too.  On 28 August we will draw one lucky winner and will advise the winner by e-mail and via our blog (http://blog.venuepages.co.za)

For quotes on this venue please visit their Premium Listing at http://www.venuepages.co.za/cgi-bin/venuepages/search.pl?:more:1342167409 or complete the form below and we will contact you.

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Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape Winelands lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown, top chefs create international cuisine and heart warming hospitality make a lasting impression. This is where you will find Le Manoir de Brendel Guest Farm, Wine Estate & Wedding Venue.
LE MANOIR DE BRENDEL GUESTHOUSE & WINE ESTATE, set on 30 hectares of vineyards overlooking the mountains, is a peaceful paradise, where meditative moments are waiting to be had. Our guests have the choice of nine luxurious suites with exclusive ambience. The atmosphere varies from room to room. Children are welcome.

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Breakfast is served in our beautiful breakfast room overlooking the vineyards and Klein Drakenstein Mountains. Breakfast may also be enjoyed on our patio, should the weather permit.

Drinks and Beverages: We serve Le Manoir de Brendel Estate wine as well as cocktails in our Lounge Leather Bar. There is an honesty bar in each room, which is stocked with a variety of soft drinks, beer and mineral water as well as De Brendel Wines.

Vinotheque / Shop: Our retail boutique offers exclusive international and local products as well as all our Award winning wines and wine related giftware.

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Wine Tasting: Our wine tasting is an enjoyable lecture facilitated by our specially trained staff. With our wine tasting sessions guests get to know the basics of a professional ‘how to discern between different smells (noses) and tastes”. We use our library of scents to encourage guests to identify the different aromas of wine. We furnish our Guests with information material to take home and to be used in future wine tasting.

The Tennis court: Bring your racket along (or ask at our office) and enjoy a game of tennis on our court overlooking the vineyards. Both young and old enjoy playing a game of chess on our Giant Garden Chessboard.
Take a walk through the vineyards on the 1.2km walking trail built along the Franschhoek River.
Concierge Bookings for transfers and restaurant or any activity booked by our management staff.
Quality Restaurants around Le Manoir de Brendel offer our guests a free shuttle service to and from their establishments. We will gladly do the bookings on the request.

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Salon & Gym: Our gym is available to our guests at all times while staying with us. Enjoy a workout overlooking the peaceful farm surrounding of vineyards and majestic mountain range. It is advised to pre-book salon treatments: Facials / Pedicures & Manicures / Massages or just a lovely warm soak in the Spa Bath.

Say goodbye to the grey moods of winter and celebrate the start of spring by heading off to the picturesque Franschhoek Wine Valley over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of September for the annual Franschhoek Uncorked Festival.

COMPETITION CORNER

Question : How many luxurious suites does le Manoir de Brendel offer?
Answers to reach us by 27 August 2013. Good luck!
Click on this link to see what is happening in and around Franschhoek http://www.franschhoek.co.za/events.html

Brought to you in the interest of luxury, stylish hospitality by The Venue Pages www.venuepages.co.za

Win with Wild Rose Luxury Country Lodge, a conference venue near Cape Town

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The Venue Pages and Wild Rose Luxury Country Lodge, a conference venue near Cape Town offer you a chance to win one nights accommodation for 2 on a Bed and Breakfast basis.  See below for the question.  Your answer should be left in the comments section below and remember to hit the like or tweet button below.  By following the blog you will also get notified of new competitions as they are published.

There is lodge in Noordhoek, nestled between spectacular mountain scenery and the shores of the wild Atlantic, approximately 30 kilometres from Cape Town city centre with stunning views of crisp white beach, approximately 5 km long, stretch beyond the unspoiled wetlands. This is WILD ROSE COUNTRY LODGE.

On arrival at Wild Rose Country Lodge, guests can expect to be greeted by a charming host and a glass of sherry. How delightful this is in the winter months!
Along tastefully appointed halls and passages are the individually decorated guest rooms.
Suites are all stylishly and individually appointed, each with glorious sea or mountain views. Elegance and comfort with a slightly colonial air are what come to mind on entering any of these.
Take a peek at these pics below to get an idea of the elegant décor of their suites.

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African
As you set foot into the African room, you can almost hear the distant beat of drums that are so much part of our culture.
The four-poster bed complete with mosquito net insures that those African beasts are kept at bay during the dreaming hours.
Victorian bath and separate shower / Mountain Views.

Punjab
The Punjab room complete with its warm, bright décor and elephant lamps conjures up the aromatic spiciness of the Indian Sub-Continent.

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The thatch and beautiful green hues of the surrounding countryside contrast beautifully with the warm décor of this room.
Bathtun and separate shower. Upstairs room with mountain views.

Moroccan
The magnificent contrast of deep blues and terracotta create a very calm and relaxed atmosphere in this room.
Large sombre bathroom with bathtub and separate shower. Doors leading onto the garden.
Kalahari

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Walking into this room is like stepping into a Kalahari sunset, with rag-washed walls reminiscent of drifting sands. Although fearful looking to some, the African masks hang on the walls, keeping a watchful eye on our precious surrounds. Victorian bath and separate shower. Sea Views.
Beyond the Sea
This room is quiet and tranquil, the door that leads out onto the pool area allows for that Fresh Sea Breeze to creep in. If you love the ocean this room is for you.
Victorian bathtub and separate shower.
WILD ROSE COUNTRY LODGE – CONFERENCE FACILITIES

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Crofter’s Barn, the Conference Venue, lends itself to intimate conferences, strategy meetings and Bos Berade in a creative and pro-active environment. Natural light, fresh air and sea views help to keep delegates refreshed and motivated. Certainly a result-achieving setting. Each conference is packaged to suit the individual needs of every client.
Maximum of 25 day delegates in conference (14 Overnight)

Day Conference Rates

Small Conference Room – R220 p/p
Large Conference Room – R300 p/p
Includes 3 Teas/coffees & Lunch;
Use of the conference facilities

Overnight Conferences (24-hour package)

Single Accommodation – R665 p/p
Sharing Accommodation – R565 p/p
Includes venue hire, accommodation
breakfast, 2 teas/coffees & dinner

While Cape Town and surrounds offers many larger venues, all of which have their place in the conference market, FOR smaller, intimate conferences, facilitators and conference organisers appreciate the diversity in this area when it comes to smaller venues. There are many and we are proud to showcase Wild Rose Country Lodge, with emphasis on charm and very personal attention, breath-taking views, luxury accommodation and sumptuous cuisine.

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Competition Corner:

Enter this competition to stand a chance to win one night’s accommodation at Wild Rose Country Lodge for 2 adults on a bed and breakfast basis. BUT FIRST … you must answer the question below to validate your entry!

Where on the map is Wild Rose Country Lodge situated in the Western Cape Province?

Answers to reach us by 15 August, 2013 when we will draw one lucky winner of this competition.  Answers should be left in the comments section below and remember to hit the like or tweet button.  Remember to follow the blog on the top right to get notified of new competitions.

Good luck – BE the winner!

Brought to you in the interest of efficient conferencing and top-class hospitality by THE VENUE PAGES (www.venuepages.co.za)

 

Win with Cape St Francis Resort, a conference venue in the Eastern Cape

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CAPE ST. FRANCIS RESORT, a conference venue in the Eastern Cape, are happy to announce a new competition featuring this magnificent and unusual resort venue with unique Team Building opportunities, like nothing you have experienced before!

Read this article then answer the question below by leaving your answer in the comments section below, hit submit, hit the Facebook Like button or the Twitter Tweet button and you’re in! This competition will run for a full month and at the end of that period, we will draw one lucky winner who will win a prize consisting of a luxury weekend for two adults, on a bed and breakfast basis. The lucky draw will take place on 14 August, 2013. Good Luck!

BACKGROUND AND LOCATION

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Very seldom do you find a venue/resort that specializes in several fields and caters to so many diverse groups of people. Whether you’re looking for holiday leisure, conferencing, accommodation, team building, strategic workshop facilitation or just plain good old fun and great entertainment, The Cape St. Francis Resort delivers all of this and more under one umbrella!
The “Resort” is based in the picturesque seaside town of Cape St. Francis in the Eastern Cape and just under an hour’s drive from the Port Elizabeth airport. To our locals and visitors the Resort has become synonymous with a quality of life that is not easily matched due to its stunning natural surroundings, impeccable service, relaxed environment, attention to detail and attitude.

FACILITIES
Under the Cape St. Francis Resort umbrella you will find an array of amenities that include our in-house health and beauty centre Hibiscus, 4 x fully equipped conferencing venues and the delectable and popular restaurant “Joe Fish” that caters to all dietary needs. Regular evening entertainment includes live music; quiz evenings, big screen sport broadcasts and even Karaoke!
During the last 15 years the Resort has been instrumental in facilitating large/medium corporate and governmental conferencing and team building. Whilst honing our skills in this very unique field we found ourselves exploring deeper into the rabbit hole and discovered that there was so much more to offer our clients in terms of added value and quality within our team building activities and workshops. Thus the birth of Quantum Leap.

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LIFE SKILLS / COACHING / STRATEGIC TEAM BUILDING AND TEAM BONDING

Quantum Leap in our in-house solution to facilitating your delegates with a meaningful and strategic team building and workshop experience that is tailor made specifically to your company/team culture and dynamics. Motivation, Coaching and Teambuilding all remain very delicate activities and would need to be handled by professional facilitators. Heading our efforts at Quantum Leap is our co-founder and permanently based Teambuilding and Workshop Facilitator Johan Cronje.

Johan is a Registered Member of COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa) as well as a Certified NLP Practitioner , Life Coach and NET Practitioner and holds qualifications and experience in Psychology, Business Management and Human Resources.
Quantum Leap’s efforts rest on two pillars mainly being Workshop Facilitating and Team Building Adventure Activities.

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Workshop Facilitating content include subjects such as time management, dealing with departmental/company mergers, conflict management, the process of company/personal goal setting, strategic thinking, fundamental life skills, deleting limited beliefs and much more!

Its all about People… And People are Individuals – At Quantum Leap we UNITE People and IGNITE Potential!

We approach every single workshop differently through a pre-framing process and desired outcomes are planned and discussed well before the workshop takes place! During the facilitation process we gather, discuss and deliver feedback. Finally, after each workshop we have thorough de-briefings and your delegates are handed all relevant information in the form of a digital resource pack to take with them and implement back in their normal environment.

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Our Teambuilding Adventure Activities include; Survivor Challenges, Amazing Race, Braaimaster, Beach Olympics, African Drumming, Potjiekos Competitions, Group Yoga and Qigong and much more. At Quantum Leap we don’t just facilitate your team but partner-up alongside you to achieve your goals and desired outcomes. In short, we see ourselves more as partners than facilitators that tailor to our client’s specific needs.

Our Adventure activities are all designed to incorporate and consider key business benefits and follow the same pre-framing and de-briefing procedures as our above mentioned workshops. You know your team best and each activity can be tailored to your group culture, level of fitness, corporate hierarchy and requirements.

All programs are designed to promote group interaction and “out of the box” thinking!

In closing and considering the above, there really is no reason not to choose The Cape St. Francis Resort as your next holiday leisure, conferencing, accommodation, team building, and strategic workshop facilitation destination.

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COMPETITION TIME! … What is the name of the Team Building / Life Skills Programme facilitated by Johan Cronje?

Answers to reach us by the evening of 13 August. We will draw one lucky winner for the wonderful prize of a weekend for two adults (bed and breakfast) on the morning of 14 August.  Remember to leave your answer in the comments section below and hit the Facebook Like button or the Twitter Tweet button.

Follow this blog too to get notified via e-mail of new competitions as they are posted.  The follow button is situated at top right.

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