CONFERENCE CENTRES JOHANNESBURG, CONFERENCE VENUES DURBAN, SEMINARS IN CAPE TOWN

 

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A PROTEA PROFILE

When we are given the ’must be done now’ task of planning a series of conferences, or even one large event, we all go through the thought processes of “Where”, “Who has high standards yet reasonable rates?” and “Who will organise this as quickly as possible?” I would say, notwithstanding that most South African venues put professionalism, efficiency and above average standards first, it’s often a lot easier to look at the big guys who have venues country-wide, all operating to the same high standards and the name that pops into mind immediately is PROTEA HOTELS. In our business, we have had a lot of experience working with them on events we plan for our clients and for me, it is a most convenient one-stop shop … They have central sales offices in all the large cities and their coordinators efficiently handle all enquiries in quick turn-around time and get quotes sent back without undue delay.

You will find a PROTEA HOTEL in every city (often more than one) and in many towns, in the country, at the sea and in the mountains as well as in 9 neighbouring African countries, making them the continent’s largest hotel group. Consistent in standard, service and quality cuisine.

Today I will focus on the 3 biggest conference cities in South Africa to whet your appetites:

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PROTEA IN DURBAN HOTELS

PROTEA HOTEL THE EDWARD. This olde worlde hotel, which has withstood the ravages of time, recessions and many changes in the beautiful city of Durban, still stands proud, still offers the superb service and standards of yesteryear, with modernised facilities and re-vamped rooms and a table which has consistently been amongst the top in Durban.

Re-decorated many times over the years, yet retaining its classic, Victorian elegance, for which the Protea Hotel Edward is renowned, this fine hotel offers 101 guest rooms built on 7 floors, many of which overlook the ocean. Additionally, PROTEA HOTEL THE EDWARD offers extensive conference facilities, with the largest function room accommodating up to 200 delegates cinema style and 160 delegates for a banquet dinner.

Catering for full and half day conferences, seminars, presentations, gala dinners, award evenings, road shows, they are also the ideal fairytale wedding venue.

Free wifi and within close proximity of :
• Sahara Stadium Kingsmead
• UShaka Marine World
• Durban Funworld
• South Beach
• Umhlanga Rocks
• Many sophisticated restaurants in Durban’s night life

And while still in Durban …

PROTEA HOTEL UMHLANGA RIDGE

Explore the Dolphin Coastline from this central point and discover an area rich in Zulu heritage, modern shopping malls, the theatre, peaceful private beaches up the North Coast yet only a short drive to the buzz and excitement in the city
Conveniently located opposite the Gateway Theatre of Shopping and just minutes from Umhlanga Beach and King Shaka International Airport.

LUXURY ROOMS
Each contemporary, Colonial-style room is finished with laminate timber floors with breath-taking views.
CONFERENCE CENTRE
Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge has a variety of conference rooms that include two boardrooms and five multi-use venues with a maximum seating capacity of 370 delegates cinema style.

CAPE TOWN CONFERENCE CENTRE

CONFERENCE FACILITIES, ACCOMMODATION ROOMS AT PROTEA HOTEL VICTORIA JUNCTION WATERFRONT CAPE TOWN:

A place from which to explore the V&A Waterfront and experience Cape Town, this trendy hotel has a reputation to uphold and rooms that suit all tastes and requirements.

172 Modern Rooms featuring en-suite, water-saving rain showers, varied entertainment options like the Bravia LCD screens and iPod docking stations. Standard rooms and double-storey loft apartments form the mix of accommodation rooms at this fine hotel..

TWO SOUNDPROOF CONFERENCE VENUES
The well equipped conference centre can host up to 120 delegates with a flexible room configuration..

Included in conference facilities is a sophisticated stage with state-of-the-art lighting, excellent acoustics, high ceilings and independent climate control.

CONFERENCE CENTRE SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG

PROTEA HOTEL THE BALALAIKA IN SANDTON serves as a tranquil home-from-home in the bustling business centre and entertainment area of Sandton, central to most areas around Johannesburg.
There are two sections to the Protea Hotel Balalaika, each with a swimming pool, set in their own picturesque,landscaped garden..
THE CONFERENCE ROOMS
Being central to the business hub of Sandton, The Protea Hotel Balalaika, in the heart of Sandton is also within easy, central reach of many entertainment centres. it is a popular conference and function venue, catering for up to 300 guests. The ideal destination for your next conference or corporate dinner.

And many more … whether it be in the smaller Eastern Cape towns, the Garden Route, Mpumalanga or in any of our 9 provinces, you will find the hospitality offered by PROTEA HOTELS apparent everywhere.

For your next conference, group accommodation booking or function, call us at VENUE PAGES on 082 055 0102 or visit our website on http://www.venuepages.co.za for your choice of Protea Hotel and we’ll handle the rest!  Or simply complete the contact us form below.

Article compiled by Rosalie Howard

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Conference venues Durban – Riverside Hotel and Spa

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Conference venues Durban

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Durban/Durban North

Durban is a cosmopolitan sea-side and business city that combines the perfect mix to ensure that your conference or seminar or your holiday is a pleasant and memorable experience. Varied and exotic cuisine, the beaches, uShaka Marine World, the Rickshaws, Umhlanga Rocks, adventure all combine to provide variety, excitement and sheer enjoyment when visiting this city. … And a stones-throw from the city, in the general metro region are unique and special villages and towns, each offering their own special brand of culture, shopping experiences, pristine beaches and the countryside of the Western Suburban regions. The terrain and the move from the sub-tropical city into the hinterland of the surrounding North and South Coast and the 1000 Hills region, moving into the beautiful, scenic Midlands of KwaZulu Natal and the majestic Drakensberg mountains are a reminder of the diversity of this scenic province. AND, that’s not all … Durban is the gateway to some of south Africa’s top Big 5 Game Reserves.

The balmy, sub-tropical climate on the East Coast brags perfect summer weather while the cooler weather of winter is the best, without doubt in South Africa.
Hotel accommodation Durban: From the hotels on the Golden Mile, with its associated nightlife, to the elegant guest houses and Boutique hotels found in the leafy suburbs surrounding the city, Durban sincerely has it all!

The Riverside Hotel and Spa is just one of many perfect combinations for a successful conference with time for chilling, with luxury accommodation, a relaxing pool-side and Health Spa. Situated, overlooking the Umgeni River from the hillside on which it is built, from the Riverside Hotel, guests are blessed with distant vistas of the Golden Mile and the Dolphin Coastline. Abundant bird life, prolific along the Umgeni River is a natural attraction to many who visit Durban North.
The Riverside Conference Centre is ideally situated directly opposite the front entrance to the hotel, with easy access for residential conference delegates to their rooms, the restaurant and the Spa. In a dedicated, separate building, the conference centre, with several venues is quiet, allowing conferences and seminars to run without interruption or noise, offering a result achieving atmosphere. Day delegates are assured of ample secure parking within the hotel grounds and, with the hotel being so centrally located, it allows for easy access no matter where the delegates are travelling from. 20 minutes’ drive from King Shaka International Airport.
All conference venues are equipped with state-of-the-art conference equipment and additional requirements are available with prior notice.

ACCOMMODATION ROOMS AT THE RIVERSIDE HOTEL AND SPA : 169 BEDROOMS AND SUITES offer luxury at its best. individually appointed in unique, stylish décor. These offer all the regular comforts associated with a four star-hotel, but also include a kitchenette, complete with microwave, mini bar fridge, cutlery and crockery.

For those who do not have access to a laptop, an internet café, situated in the hotel lobby is freely available with access information available from the reception desk.
Wedding packages at the Riverside.

For the perfect, dream wedding, professional, qualified wedding coordinators at the Riverside Hotel will provide you with just the package you are looking for, to suit your budget and taste. This includes a fabulous variety of menus, varying in price.

Riverside Spa

You will lose the hard-pressed sense of time the moment you walk into the Riverside Hotel’s Health Spa. Where the basic elements of earth, water, fire, metal and wood synchronise with your surroundings. This has become an essential ‘element’ in busy conference centres, for the all-round well-being of clients in conference, to relax the mind and simply let go …

The Riverside Hotel awaits your arrival and the professional, friendly staff will be happy to welcome you with a welcome cocktail of your choice, and porter service to take care of your luggage.

Contact us at the Venue Pages for your next Durban conference or seminar and we will obtain excellent rates and packages for your event at this city hotel out of the city yet only minutes away by road.

Brought to you in the interest of efficient and professional conference planning by The Venue Pages – http://www.venuepages.co.za
Article compiled by Rosalie Howard.

For quotes and availability on this and other venues in Durban or throughout South Africa please contact us on 0861 262 262 or use the form below

Conference venues Durban – Fairmont Zimbali Resort and Conference Centre – Ballito KZN North Coast

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Conference venues Durban – Fairmont Zimbali Resort and Conference Centre – Ballito KZN North Coast

To adopt the fashionable cliché, “Think Outside The Box” …when thinking about hosting a conference in Durban, Think Outside The Box … Think Ballito.

FAIRMONT ZIMBALI RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTRE, BALLITO KZN NORTH COAST

Stunning Location

On the magnificent Dolphin Coast, overlooking the Indian Ocean is the superb and luxurious ZIMBALI RESORT only minutes from the CBD of Ballito, the popular, modern, rapidly growing, village of yester-year, well-known to all who have travelled this coastline. Only half an hour’s drive from Durban and with everything on-tap. Wrapped in the exquisite natural beauty of this are is this premier destination, a tranquil retreat offering style, class and unrivalled service.

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Conferences, seminars, meetings

Zimbali Lodge specializes in personalized conference arrangements for small to large groups. This Conference Centre is practically appointed, purposefully designed and ideally situated for superb views of the Zimbali Estate and Country Club Golf Course. The 280 square metre ballroom can accommodate, in banqueting style seating, up to 300 guests. This venue may be used for multiple functions, requiring space … unlimited in what it offers. In addition “Zimbali” also offers a state-of-the-art business centre, complete with workstations.

Other Conference Venues at Zimbali

Imbiso Room

The imposing Imbiso Room, overlooking the golf course and the Nature reserve, is the focal point of the conference facilities. It can accommodate up to 80 delegates in cinema-style seating, 40 delegates in u-shape, 35 in boardroom style or 60 in a schoolroom configuration.

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Tugela Room

An executive boardroom with an ocean view. The oval mahogany boardroom table dominates the room and this is the perfect venue for management meetings or Bosberaad and can accommodate 10 people.

Umgeni Room

The Umgeni Room is also a small, intimate venue in the main conference centre and can accommodate a maximum of 25 delegates in cinema style seating, 15 delegates in u-shape, 12 boardroom style or 15 in school-room configuration.

Catering for Conferences at Zimbali

The Lodge has capitalized on the glorious KwaZulu Natal climate to offer outdoor catering to conference groups on the Ngwenya Terrace, which is easily accessible from all the conference rooms. Guests may also opt for a formal dining experience in the Restaurant or hold a private gala event at the Country Club which caters for 76 inside the restaurant for dinner and if the venue is extended out onto the verandah 96 or 120 Guests at a cocktail event or launch. 9 food and beverage experiences, and an Internationally acclaimed Willow Stream Spa and fitness centre are also available at the resort.

Conference Equipment

A wide range of audio-visual aids and state-of-the-art equipment is available to conference delegates in the three conference rooms: Zimbali, operating to International standards is the ideal venue for global events, away from the noise and stress of the city, conveniently close to King Shaka International Airport and where delegates are guaranteed peace, security and result achieving conference days and some time for fun in the sun, soaking in the blue of the ocean on this coastline, watching dolphins leap in play.

Accommodation Rooms

These comprise 154 tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites, including a Penthouse and Presidential suites… this is sheer luxury. Local entertainment includes: • Safari outings • Dolphin- and whale-watching tours • Hiking and mountain biking • Historic Zulu battlefields • Exhilarating golf, including the Zimbali Country Club’s Tom Weiskopf–designed 18-hole championship course • Soccer, rugby, cricket and polo Shuttle service may be arranged with the hotel to and from the airport, and being located in this ideal area, this is the perfect venue for up-country delegates, international delegates and for Durbanites. Zimbali also offers unobtrusive yet excellent security.

Brought to you in the interest of efficient and professional event management by VENUE PAGES (www.venuepages.co.za). Contact us for rates and availability on 082 055 0102 / 0861 262 262 or e-mail rosalie@venuepages.co.za, or complete the contact us form below

(Composed by Rosalie Howard, Venue Pages)

Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort

Conference venue DrakensbergI recently had the pleasure of being invited to an educational site inspection at one of The Goodersons properties in the Drakensberg, Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort.

The last time I went there was probably 5 or 6 years ago and I was pleased to see that maintenance has been kept up at the resort. The rooms we stayed in were large family style self-catering apartments and they had been recently refurbished in both hard finishes and soft finishes.

These self-catering units are very pleasant with satellite TV, en suit bathroom, kitchenette with full self-catering facilities. They are suitable for both leisure guests on holiday or for conference groups. Because each unit has two separate en suite bedrooms conference delegates can lock their door between their unit and the shared lounge area resulting in two separate rooms. But if it is leisure that you are after, then the units are large and very comfortable. Each unit has a deck off the lounge area with beautiful views of the mountains.

The facilities at Drakensberg Gardens are also plentiful and we enjoyed some tennis, a play area for kids, pony rides and numerous walks into the hills. The benefits of these activities for leisure guests obviously speak for themselves and kids can be kept entertained for hours on end taking part in outdoor activities that they probably don’t get exposure to at home. A bit of fresh berg air and some exercise goes a long way in forgetting the TV. But for the rainy day there is DSTV to keep everyone entertained.

For your conference groups these outdoor activities can come in handy if you plan to do some team building or just some light-hearted interactive activities with your group. Often budget does not allow for a full-blown team building programme and the activities available here can be mixed and matched to create a fun-filled day for your conference group without the cost of bringing in a professional team building company. Should you require a team building company though, there is plenty of space and options for them to build a programme for you at Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort.

The existing conference venues that I remember from my last visit there have all been maintained to 3 star standards and offer a wide variety of choices in terms of plenary and breakaway rooms. The addition of the new conference venue Mashai is also welcomed giving your group a wider choice now of rooms for your conference delegates. So with a total of two conference rooms and a boardroom seating a maximum of 180 pax in the Rhino room the venue lends itself nicely to mid-sized groups. The accommodation available matches the numbers that can be seated in conference and if need be spill over accommodation can be outsourced to the time share on site.

There is a Wellness Centre on site consisting of a sauna and plunge pool, two Jacuzzis, two steam rooms, a 24 jet hydrotherapy bath (heated) as well as a fully equipped gym with cardiovascular circuit, weight training and juice bar. The Wellness Centre also includes Cellu-Beauty Wellness Retreat, which offers 5 treatment rooms (booking is essential).

For the golfing enthusiast, the Resort prides itself in the renowned Drakensberg Gardens Golf Club, the only 18-hole golf course in the Southern Berg (NGU affiliated). Known to be challenging but fair, the course is ideal for all golfers from seasoned professionals to the first time player.

So if it’s leisure or conferencing you are after give Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort a try, you won’t regret it.

Win with Duma Zulu Game Lodge and Traditional Village – conference facilities in KZN

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The Venue Pages has a new competition running, sponsored by Gooderson Leisure Resorts, starting today, for a lucky winner to win a wonderful prize for 2 adults, on a bed and breakfast basis, at the DUMA ZULU GAME LODGE AND TRADITIONAL VILLAGE in the Hluhluwe district of Kwa Zulu Natal. Read this article, then leave your answer in the comments section and click the Facebook like button and you could be the winner !

Good Luck!

Some facts …

POST AND PRE CONFERENCE TOURS – KZN

Duma Zulu is an ideal venue for pre or post international conference tours preceding or following conventions or conferences being hosted in Durban at the International Convention Centre, or any of the larger hotels. Approximately 3.5 hour’s drive from Durban to Hluhluwe, the closest town to the venue.

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Hluhluwe Game Reserve is, of course where all of the Big-5 will be found and trips to this large Game Reserve can be easily undertaken in a day. Make Duma Zulu your base to visit all the local attractions i.e. the Game Reserves, arts and crafts stalls, the wonderful coast line at Sodwana Bay where you may arrange a day of diving in the coral reefs. At Sodwana, for the Padi Divers among you, Coral Divers is a PADI 5 star Gold Palm IDC Centre and a National Geographic Dive Centre situated a short drive from Duma Zulu.

DumaZulu – translated as “thundering Zulu” – offers a variety of unforgettable experiences both for those staying as guests and visitors from destinations that are further away. In addition to experiencing local traditions and dance whilst visiting their onsite Zulu village and cultural museum, the lodge offers the option of providing guests with a two to three day stay that is jam packed with a wide variety of activities. While many families simply enjoy relaxing next to the pool in the warm Zululand sunshine, the more energetic and adventurous can book game drives, elephant and cheetah interactions and more with the Lodge’s reception staff.

What makes DumaZulu truly unique are the 21 rounded ethnic huts which comprise the accommodation rooms at the Lodge. These are arranged in a circle around a central cattle kraal in true Zulu tradition. Exteriors are designed to reflect the different tribes of Southern Africa – Zulu, Swazi, North Sotho, Xhosa, Venda, Tsonga and Ndebele as well as the introduction of a new Sangoma Hut for the Zulu Village. The lodge has received a complete renovation of its public rest rooms, new thatching, re-tiling of their bar and dining room and the clearing of the surrounding bush. This has certainly encouraged the viewing of some friendly game such as Red and Grey Duiker, Bush Buck, Mongoose, Crested Guinea fowls and Bush Babies.

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DumaZulu has also proved a real bird lover’s paradise. If you listen carefully, you can hear pockets of sunbirds in the undergrowth. An added bonus is the resident large barn owl that has made the Lodge’s reception area its home. Visiting birds that can also be spotted include the spotted Blue Mantled Flycatcher, Yellow bellied Brown Bul, Yellow streaked Brown Bul, Dark-Backed Weaver, Gorgeous Bush Shrike, Trumpeter Hornbills, Crowned Hornbills, Grey Wax Bill and Eastern Nicator.

Of course, the most well known residents reside in the snake and croc park which houses the likes of a snouted cobra, pythons, black and green mambas, crocs and an albino Nile crocodile. Duma Zulu’s guide not only takes guests through the park but feeds the crocs and introduces the not so faint hearted to some of the friendlier reptiles. There is also a water feature housing some of the baby crocodiles at reception to welcome guests on their arrival. (Do not fear! They are well trained!)

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Duma Zulu staff are also truly proud of their restaurant which is becoming well known for a traditional Zulu lunch that is served in an open thatched dining room with the likes of samp, beans and a variety of traditional foods on the menu. They have also introduced a staff choir under the watchful eye of the food and beverage manageress, Evidence Msezane, to entertain all diners.
Highlights during the past year have included a number of community projects. A pipeline has recently been laid between the Lodge’s borehole and the neighbouring Glenpark Primary school which has been without water for years. Management and staff are also in the throes of helping create vegetable gardens that will not only feed and provide an income for local people but may even help stock the lodge’s kitchen in the future.

New exciting additions that are coming soon include a Bird Park as well as a conference centre.

Competition Corner: The time has come ….. to enter the competition, to be included in the lucky draw which will take place on 31 March 2013, simply answer this question below:

Question: What is the nearest town to Duma Zulu Game Lodge?

Answers to reach us by 31 March, 2013 by leaving your answer in the comments section below and clicking the Facebook Like button.

Brought to you in the interests of conference and leisure tourism by The Venue Pages (www.venuepages.co.za and Gooderson Leisure Resorts (www.goodersonleirusre.co.za)