Conference venues in Pretoria

Conference venues in Pretoria

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A little History on conference venues in Pretoria and Pretoria as a city

PRETORIA was founded in 1855, by Marthinus Pretorius, a Voortrekker leader. He named what is now, a bustling metropolis after his father, Andries, who was instrumental in the Voortrekker victory over the Zulus in the monumental Battle of Blood River.

Today the area has been renamed the City of Tshwane, but the CBD still keeps the name of Pretoria (which continues to be the administrative capital of South Africa)
The Union Buildings, central to South African history now represent the change South Africa endured. While the city is a governmentally significant city, it is also alive with culture, housing museums, monuments, theatres, hotels and conference centres as well as being the hub of industry in the region.
Affectionately known as “Jacaranda City” because of the over 50 000 Jacaranda trees that line Pretoria’s streets and carpet the city in purple in October. The first Jacaranda trees were imported from Rio de Janeiro in 1888 and became Pretoria’s signature. It is alarming to hear that the Jacarandas are threatening to become extinct in Pretoria soon. One can’t imagine Pretoria without the purple sky-line and floor …

The general area is also home to many nature reserves, parks and gardens, including the National Botanical Gardens and many small parks scattered across this pretty city.

The rich history of the area is also captured within several museums within Pretoria, such as the Transvaal Museum, National Cultural History Museum and many solid, old buildings that have been preserved as gems of the past

As with many of South Africa’s conference venues, those in Pretoria are of a high standard, with custom-built venues designed to international specifications. Pretoria, being centrally located as it is, is very popular as a conference, seminar and congress destination.

Central to the Midrand, Irene and further afield, one need look no further than the multitude of conference venues available from small intimate venues to the large, top-class hotels and conference centres in and around Pretoria.
Some venues, perhaps un-tried and certainly worth considering are:

The Owl’s Nest Wedding & Conference Centre (Rayton Conference Venues)

Set in the natural bush of the area, in the rolling hills of the Maghaliesberg, with a serene country ambience, The Owl’s Nest Wedding and Conference Centre provides professionalism plus a home-from-home atmosphere for delegates in conference.

Diep in die Berg Conference and Function Centre (Wapadrand Conference Venues)

The renowned Diep in die Berg Conference Centre is the ideal facility for the out-of-the-office conference, training or Bosberaad. Their all-purpose conference centre offers 7 conference rooms which can accommodate up to a maximum of 450 delegates.

PROTEA HOTELS offer a variety of venues throughout the area including Pretoria, and Midrand, all of which have a standard to uphold and are therefore reliable, consistently good with excellent service.

At Irene there is IRENE COUNTRY LODGE and LERIBA LODGE AND SPA at Centurion. The latter has, in recent times been thoroughly refurbished to a fine standard.

For all your conference requirements, visit our site on http://www.venuepages.co.za and send us your enquiries for conferences, seminars, meetings and related accommodation.

Article complied by Rosalie Howard

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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 Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa, a Conference venue in Gauteng

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THE VENUE PAGES is happy to showcase this magnificent venue in the African bush, exuding luxury, peace and tranquillity and offering sumptuous cuisine, state of the art conference facilities, luxury accommodation, a luxury Spa and a wedding venue.
The Venue Pages together with Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa is running a competition where the winner of this competition will win a fabulous prize consisting of one night’s accommodation for two adults on a bed and breakfast basis.

Read this article and then simply answer the question below, leave your answer in the comments section, and click the Facebook Like or Twitter Tweet button and voila! You will be in! Good luck!

LOCATION

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Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa is located near Pretoria, 55 minutes from O.R. Tambo Airport and Johannesburg and a mere 30 minutes from Pretoria, situated in the Dinokeng region which is Gauteng’s Eco Hub.

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There are 9 Conference / Function Venues at Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa plus a Chapel, Restaurant, Lounge, Boma and Wine Cellar. A well equipped Business Centre is also available for guests.

On the bank of the dam is a sparkling swimming pool plus cocktail bar / lounge where guests can watch the spectacular bird life or sip cocktails while watching the magnificent African sunsets explode over the water. The Game Lodge is built around a dam with 37 luxury en-suite thatched chalets and an Executive / Honeymoon Suite.
Intundla Bush Spa and Wedding Venue

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The Bush Spa is situated approximately 1km away from the Game Lodge in the natural Bushveld. This small Lodge, with its luxury and “Out of Africa” unique style is perfect for Executive Meetings; Intimate Weddings / Functions / Bosberade or Romantic Getaways.

The Bush Spa has 8 Executive thatched en-suite chalets with an outdoor shower, luxurious bathroom, and private patio, all exquisitely decorated. The 4 Star African Bush Bar / Lounge / Restaurant leads out onto white beach sand and a large swimming pool. Adjacent to this is the intimate Boma where you can spend the night around the fire under the African stars.

The Executive Boardroom that seats 12 and a Spa area complete with Therapy Rooms, Jacuzzi, Steam Room and Outdoor Showers offers added facilities in comfort with professional yet personal pampering. Intundla Conference Venue is located in prime game reserve surroundings in Gauteng. The Conference Venue is close enough to Pretoria’s main business hub yet far enough away to achieve results, in the peace and tranquillity of the surroundings if you are hosting or participating in a conference, seminar or meeting.

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Top class conference facilities, natural environment, attention to detail, flexibility and efficient staff have ensured that Intundla Conference Venue remains a popular favourite for conference organisers, companies and conference delegates.. ….. It begins and ends in indulgence.

Competition Corner :

What SATOUR Star grading is INTUNDLA CONFERENCE VENUE AND LODGE proud to have?

Answers to reach us by 12 August 2013 when one lucky winner will be drawn and announced on our Blog (http://blog.venuepages.co.za).  Remember to leave your answers in the comments section and click the Facebook Like button or the Twitter Tweet button to stand a chance to win.

Remember to follow the blog on the top right to get notified of new competitions.

Brought to you in the interest of professional conferencing, home-from-home attention and outstanding hospitality by VENUE PAGES (www.venuepages.co.za)

For enquiries please click here and then make enquiry.

Win with Kievits Kroon Country Estate, a conference venue in Pretoria

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Win a luxurious night away and a sumptuous dinner to Kievits Kroon Country Estate, a conference venue in Pretoria, by answering a simple question in the comments section of this article and re-tweeting this tweet.  Simply click on the re-tweet button in the tweet below.

This competition will run for a month, until 16 May 2013 when a lucky winner will be drawn and announced through this blog and via e-mail.

Some background …

About Kievits Kroon Country Estate

Situated just 10 minutes from Pretoria and 40 minutes from Sandton, Kievits Kroon is a 16 ha country estate offering luxurious accommodation in 142 rooms, a wellness spa, two restaurants, a number of bars and outstanding conference facilities.

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Our business is conferencing and we can assist with any type of forum – conferences, board meetings, strategy, training or brainstorming sessions. We are recognised as one of the top conferencing venues in Pretoria and Gauteng and were recently nominated one of Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Hotels by the internationally recognised World Travel Awards.

Top 10 Things to Consider When Selecting a Conference Venue

The venue has a direct impact on the success of any function. If you have the right venue, you’re more than half way there. So if you’re hosting a conference, the biggest decision you’ll have to make, is where to host it. The team at Kievits Kroon Country Estate has vast experience with hosting all sorts of conferences, meetings and events and offers the following advice when choosing a venue:

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• Accessibility
Make sure that the venue is easily accessible for all delegates, taking into consideration that they may have to negotiate rush hour traffic to get there. If it’s difficult to find or too far off the beaten track, you may find that your delegates are late or arrive harassed and irritable, which is not a great way to start a conference.

• Parking
Secure parking should be readily available for all delegates arriving in their own vehicles. Also check that there is coach parking, if you are providing transport, and that it is close to the venue.

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• Peace and tranquility
A venue which is away from the bustle of the city will help to promote more creative and productive thinking. Being cooped up in a windowless room all day with no access to fresh air is not conducive to a receptive audience. Some out of town venues also offer the option of alfresco dining and outdoor team building events.

• The right size venue & break-away rooms
Ensure that the size of the conference room suits the number of delegates and your required seating arrangement. Don’t be tempted to force people to sit theatre style when they need to take notes and want to use laptops and iPads. Likewise, a conference room that is too big for the number of delegates will lose the intimacy required for interaction and sharing of ideas. If you are going to divide delegates into smaller groups for brainstorming sessions or smaller presentations, make sure that there are suitable break-away rooms close to the main venue. The ideal venue is one which offers a variety of different sized conference rooms.

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• Catering
There’s nothing worse than breaking for tea and finding a tray of limp, soggy sandwiches and wilted lettuce in the hallway, or being served a stodgy heavy meal at lunch time. Choose a venue that is known for supplying fresh, healthy food so that delegates return after the break feeling refreshed and ready for work again, not overfed and lethargic. The catering at the venue should also be able to meet the special dietary requirements for your delegates, including vegetarian, Kosher and Halaal meals.

• Professional staff
Setting up a conference can be stressful and tiring but if you choose a venue which has professional support personnel , they will assist to make your company conference a slick, impeccable, successful event. The right staff can help with everything from check lists, menu selection and agenda setting to entertainment and team building.

• Equipment
These days high-speed Wi-Fi at the venue is a priority, as is good audio-visual equipment. If your event requires more than the standard data projectors, screens and white boards, ensure that the venue is able to hire specialised technical equipment for you.

• Good accommodation and facilities

Unless your conference is a one day event, you will need to provide comfortable accommodation for delegates. Ensure that the venue has the sufficient number of bedrooms and that where delegates are required to share, for budget purposes, twin beds are supplied. Your delegates will want to relax and unwind after a day’s conferencing, so choose a venue with an hospitable bar, a good restaurant, and possibly a spa with facilities like a sauna and Jacuzzi.

• Wheelchair friendly
It goes without saying that the venue should cater for disabled delegates and have easy wheelchair access to the conference and breakaway rooms, accommodation, bars and facilities.

• Budget
Ensure that all items are taken into account when budgeting for your conference so that when the final bill is presented you do not receive any nasty shocks. It’s a good idea to limit bar expenditure so that delegates pay for their own alcoholic drinks. Some venues offer all-inclusive conference packages which make budgeting much simpler.

Kievits Kroon’s state-of-the-art conference facilities, fully equipped Business Centre, delicious cuisine and professional support personnel will make your company conference a slick, impeccable, successful event.

COMPETITION CORNER
How many guest rooms does KIEVITS KROON COUNTRY ESTATE have on site?

Enter now with your answer, to stand a chance of winning a luxurious experience overnight at this lovely venue! Good Luck !

Brought to you in the interests of successful and professional conference venue sourcing by THE VENUE PAGES, a free service.

You need look no further than www.venuepages.co.za for all your conference requirements.  Should you require a quote on this or another venue, please click on the contact us page and a consultant will contact you.

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WIN A COMPLIMENTARY 2 NIGHT STAY TO INTUNDLA GAME LODGE AND BUSH SPA, A CONFERENCE VENUE AND HEALTH SPA NEAR PRETORIA

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Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa has it all!

Built around a large, peaceful dam, teeming with bass, with over 230 wild bird species for the nature lovers, this peaceful, beautiful and up-market Lodge and Bush Spa is set north-east of Pretoria, 20-minuite’s drive from the city. It is the perfect African, luxury getaway combined with the tranquillity of the area.

Conference Centre

Eight conference venues and meeting rooms accommodate between 24 and 220 delegates, in various seating styles, all fitted with modern technology and basic conference equipment. The unique and well-stocked Wine Cellar seats 30 guests. Ideal for the smaller group for lunches or private dinners.

Accommodation Rooms comprise 38 beautifully appointed chalets offering luxury at its peak. Outstanding service and standards complete the top calibre experience of visiting this venue. In addition to the Lodge, The Bush Spa accommodates 16 guests in 8 rooms. The smaller Lodge is the perfect venue for smaller, intimate weddings, personal dinners or product launches and year end events.

Activities

Amongst many nearby activities and those on site, Golf for the golfing enthusiasts is at the nearby Cullinan Golf Course which for the walking fit, is a walkable distance away.

Included in the conference packages are game and nature walks, mountain climbing, fly-fishing, canoeing, volleyball, croquet, swimming pool, darts in the bar and a cosy lounge with a selection of books, videos and games.

Optional Extras include clay pigeon shooting, abseiling, game drives, eco-bug challenge, 4×4 trail, driving range, archery, karaoke and theme evenings, survival and tracking, raft building and many more activities are available.

Dining

All meals are served buffet style in the thatched restaurant overlooking the lazy dam or conference groups might prefer a Potjie or a Braai at the on site Boma.

Weddings

Intundla has gained a fine reputation for beautiful and memorable weddings. Boasting a beautiful chapel, mouth-watering cuisine, and an idyllic honeymoon suite. Also ample accommodation for wedding guests, depending on numbers.

At the end of the day … A waterside cocktail deck and swimming pool provides the perfect setting to experience the spectacular view while enjoying your favourite cocktail.

Competition Corner

Win a 2 night stay for you and your partner at Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa.

In conjunction with The Venue Pages, Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa is running a competition. The prize is: –

A Half Day Spa Voucher for 2

Included in the voucher is:

  • • Accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis for two
  • • Light Lunch for 2
  • • 3 x Treatments

o Hot Stone Full Body Massage (90min)
o Relaxing Hand Massage
o Bush Footprint treatment

In this month’s competition, this voucher is Valid until 16 December 2012.

What you have to do to enter the draw is answer a simple question below, which you will find the answer to on the website http://www.intundla.co.za or in the copy above.

The answer should be left in the comments section of this post below.

How many guests can be accommodated in the Bush Spa?

Answers are to reach us by the 30th September 2012 when the lucky draw will take place.

Good Luck and Enjoy!

Article compiled by Rosalie Howard