CONFERENCE AND CONVENTION VENUES GAUTENG

Conference venues Gauteng

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Conference venues Gauteng

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, situated in Gauteng. It is the most densely populated city in this region and in the entire country while also being the economic hub of the country. Johannesburg has the largest economy in Sub Saharan Africa and is the largest city in the world which is not situated on a river or at the coast. It is therefore, without question, the largest conference destination in Southern Africa boasting two airports, OR Tambo International airport and Lanseria for many internal flights. A very busy city with many thousands of business and therefore the ideal conference, convention and seminars destination, both nationally and internationally.

Home to many fine conference and convention centres which are First World in standards and operations, convenient, complete with state-of-the-art, modern equipment and facilities. An easy commute from all other larger cities in South Africa and further afield.

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Airport transfers are available and affordable from many hotel venues in Johannesburg who offer a complimentary shuttle service to guests.
Accommodation ranges from 5 star properties to the more budget friendly establishments which are virtually on every corner.

Johannesburg, although essentially in the Highlands, enjoys a sub-tropical climate with hot and dry summer months from October to March and is infamous for its late afternoon thunder showers and cooler evenings. Also known as the lightning capital of the world. The winters are cold and dry, with occasional snow falls although these are infrequent. Temperatures in winter might drop to minus 2 or 3.

Conference venues in Johannesburg are offered at small boutique hotels and guest houses and at larger dedicated convention centers and conference venues, either part of the larger hotels or ‘stand alone’ convention centres.

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Many 3, 4 and some 5 star hotels are situated at or very near to OR Tambo International Airport allowing delegates and business travellers to move between the airport and their hotels with ease with free shuttle services offered by most of these. Other large venues have been built in village format, comprising several accommodation establishments, flanked by large conference facilities and restaurants in safe and secure surroundings. Conference organisers are truly ‘Spoilt for Choice’ in Jozey …

Johannesburg is a gateway to other regions in the Gauteng province and beyond such as Mpumalanga and Polokwane, and nearer home, Muldersdrift, Magaliesburg, Rustenburg, Centurion, Irene and Pretoria. These outlying areas are often a preference to the conference organiser due to their location, peace and solitude for result achieving conferences or seminars which require focus and little distraction. Popular conference venues in the greater Johannesburg region include areas such as Midrand, Fourways, Randburg, Randfontein, Houghton, Sandton and the East Rand and Southern Suburbs.

Some of the largest conference venues in Johannesburg are Sandton Convention Center, situated in Sandton, a top class shopping and business center, Gallagher Estate, situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria, The Coca Cola Dome, the fourth largest such structure in the world, Midrand Conference Centre and MTN Expo Center, Nasrec, the city’s biggest venue and in close proximity to Soweto. These venues will cater for all types of conferences and events and have ample space for the large international events.

For information and availability on any Johannesburg conference centres or hotel accommodation, contact us at http://www.venuepages.co.za where you will find a wide range of properties, not only in Gauteng but nationally throughout South Africa. With 16 years in the Professional Conference Organisers and Event Managers industry, our experience and expertise covers all aspects of Conference and Event specifications and client requirements. We are your one stop shop! Tel : 082 055 0102 or 0861 262 262.

Fro a free no obligation quote on conference venues in Gauteng or any other province of South African please contact Rosalie Howard on 082 055 0102 or complete the contact us form below.  We offer our services of sourcing venues for client as a free service earning commission from the venues we place work at.

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The Aviator Hotel OR Tambo International Airport, a conference venue in Gauteng

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The VENUE PAGES together with THE AVIATOR HOTEL O.R TAMBO are happy to introduce a new competition in our ‘Competition Corner’. This is a biggie and includes the following:

  • Bed and Breakfast for 2 adults
  • Pizza for 2
  • A bottle of good house wine

Read on to find out how to enter this competition to stand a chance of being the winner!

The competition will run for a month and we will draw a lucky winner on 8 August 2013.

Good luck!

Location.
Located in Kempton Park, The Aviator Hotel OR Tambo International Airport is near the airport and close to Festival Mall, and for the golf enthusiast, close to Kempton Park Golf Club and Modderfontein Golf Club. Other points of interest include the K90 Shopping Centre and Bonaero Park Shopping Centre

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Hotel Features.
Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility.

Conference and Meeting Rooms
This 3.5-star property has a 24-hour business center with Complimentary wireless Internet access.

Small meeting rooms and technology support staff are available in public areas and the hotel has an Internet point.

Larger conference venues are also available at this Kempton Park property, ideal for the national conference travellers who need a conference facility at the Airport or close by for a day seminar or business meeting.

A bar/lounge is open for drinks and room service is available during limited hours.

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A complimentary full breakfast is served each morning.

Airport Shuttle Service : The Aviator Hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle service (available 24 hours) and residents’ parking is complimentary. Concierge services, tour/ticket assistance, and tour assistance are also available at the Front Desk.

Other property amenities at this Art Deco property include a terrace, multilingual staff, and laundry facilities.

A total renovation of this property was completed in December 2010.

Accommodation Rooms at The Aviator Hotel O.R.Tambo
120 air-conditioned guest rooms at The Aviator Hotel OR Tambo International Airport feature coffee/tea makers and safes. Accommodation offers city, pool, or garden views. Beds are fitted with memory foam mattresses and premium bedding.

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Bathrooms feature showers with rainfall shower heads. They also offer makeup/shaving mirrors and complimentary toiletries. Wireless Internet access is complimentary in rooms.

In addition to desks and complimentary newspapers, guest rooms offer direct-dial phones. 32-inch LCD televisions have satellite channels.

Should hotel guests request irons/ironing boards, hair dryers, and hypo-allergenic bedding, Housekeeping is available all day, daily to assist with your special requirements..

Nearby places of interest
Kempton Park
The Theatre of Marcellus is a superb multipurpose state of the art theatre and is situated at Emperors Palace.

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The theatre can accommodate over 900 people in cinema style seating and harks to its namesake in Ancient Rome. The theatre has featured extensive international and local dance extravaganzas, musicals and plays. Included in the list of famous performers who have graced this stage are Nataniël, Johnny Clegg, Steve Hofmeyr, Kurt Darren, Barry Hilton and Casper de Vries. Television productions for ‘Jerry Springer’s Saturday Night’, ‘Noot vir Noot’ and ‘Dis Hoe Dit Is’ have also been filmed here.

Competition Corner
In order to enter this competition, simply answer the question below by leaving your answer in the comments section below.  Remember to click the Facebook Like button or the Tweet button on this post too and you will be automatically included in our competition and could be the lucky winner on 8 August!

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

Mention one unique feature in the guest rooms at The Aviator Hotel O.R. Tambo (any one)

Answers to reach us by 8 August. Good Luck!

Brought to you in the interests of professional conferencing, hospitality and home-from-home venues in South Africa by The VENUE PAGES (www.venuepages.co.za)

Watch our Blog for more exciting competitions on http://blog.venuepages.co.za

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Conference venues in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

English: Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand,...

English: Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Conference venues in Johannesburg

Johannesburg, Egoli (City of Gold), is the largest city in South Africa, situated in the general Gauteng area or what was in years gone by known as the Transvaal … meaning one side of the Vaal River. It is the most densely populated city in this region and in the entire country. Being the economic hub of the country, it has the largest economy in Sub Saharan Africa, is one of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the world and is the world’s largest city which is not situated on a river or at the coast. It makes sense, due to its size, economy and population that Johannesburg boasts the most conference venues in South Africa.

A reference to Johannesburg on Wikipedia can be found here.

With two airports, OR Tambo International being the larger of the two and the largest and busiest in South Africa, with flights arriving and departing every minute of the day and evening to other local cities, to Europe and the rest of the world, Johannesburg is a very suitable choice of city if it’s business, conferences, conventions or seminars you are planning. First World in standards and operations, convenient, efficient, organised with everything close at hand considering how effortless and quick it is to commute to and from the airport wherever in the city and surrounds you are.

Airport transfers are available and affordable and many hotel venues in Johannesburg offer a complimentary shuttle service to guests. For national conferences, where delegates are commuting from other major cities in South Africa, Johannesburg remains a popular destination due to its accessibility and availability of services. Air flights, being frequent and cost-effective delegates often travel to Johannesburg for the day from other local cities to attend conferences in Johannesburg. Hotel accommodation in Johannesburg is also plentiful and delegates who wish to stay over can find a room easily. Accommodation ranges from 5 star properties to the more budget friendly establishments.

Johannesburg, while in the Highlands, enjoys a sub-tropical climate. The summer months of October to April bring late afternoon thunder showers while the climate remains somewhat dry and sunny. It has been reported as the lightning capital of the world although this title is also claimed by other cities around the world. Winters are cold and dry, with occasional snow falls although these are infrequent. Temperatures in winter might drop to minus 2 or 3. Despite experiencing a relatively dry climate Johannesburg has over 10 million trees making it the largest man-made forest in the world second only to Graskop in Mpumalanga. These trees were originally planted to provide wood for the mining industry in the mineral rich Witwatersrand area.

Conference venues in Johannesburg range from small boutique hotels and guest houses to larger dedicated convention centers and conference venues forming part of the larger hotels. Most are well priced and offer a wide range of menus and facilities of a world-class standard.

There are several top-class hotels which are situated at or very near to OR Tambo International Airport allowing delegates and business travellers to move between the airport and their hotels inexpensively and with ease with free shuttle services offered by most of these.

In the CBD there are some very large conference venues while on the outskirts one can find some very quaint and more intimate establishments.

Johannesburg is a gateway to other regions in the Gauteng province such as Muldersdrift, Magaliesburg, Rustenburg, Centurion, Irene and Pretoria. These outlying areas have become much sought after to capture the ambience and peace of the country and in each area, there are many hotels and guest houses offering 3, 4, and 5-star standards and facilities. Popular conference venues in the greater Johannesburg region include areas such as Midrand, Fourways, Randburg, Randfontein, Houghton, Sandton and the East Rand and Southern Suburbs.

The four largest conference venues in Johannesburg are Sandton Convention Center, situated in Sandton, Africa’s top class shopping and business center, Gallagher Estate, situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria, The Coca Cola Dome, the fourth largest such structure in the world, and MTN Expo Center, Nasrec, the city’s biggest venue and not far from Soweto. These venues can each host thousands of delegates and abound with facilities and services to cater for all types of conferences and events.

Forthcoming Events happening in and around Johannesburg

India Clothing & Textile Trade Show
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
7-8 March

Hobby-X
Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg
7-10 March

Money Expo 2013
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
7-9 March

Hobby-X Johannesburg
Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg
7-10 March

Future Bank World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
11-12 March

Retail World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
11-13 March

Hostex 2013 Gauteng
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
17-20 March

WoodEX for Africa
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
21-23 March

The Wedding Expo
Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg
6-7 April

BioEnergy World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-11 April

Clean Technology World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-11 April

On-site Power World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-11 April

Power and Electricity World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-11 April

Wind Power World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-11 April

Sustain and Build Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
9-10 April

The Solar Show Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
9-10 April
17-20 April

These are a mere handful during March and April. The events calendar is endless!
For information and availability on any Johannesburg conference venues contact us by completing the form below.

WIN WITH FABZ ESTATE, A CONFERENCE VENUE IN FOURWAYS JOHANNESBURG

conference venue in Fourways JohannesburgTHE VENUE PAGES, together with Gooderson Leisure Resorts’ fabulous FABZ ESTATE, a conference venue in Fourways, Johannesburg, is running a competition this week for a lucky reader of our Blog to win a weekend for two on a bed and breakfast basis. To stand a chance of winning a relaxing two days out of the hubbub, just read about fabulous FABZ and enter our competition further down!  Remember to leave your answer in the comments section below and to hit the Facebook Like button and / or the other social media buttons below.

Location, Location …
Set amidst striking country surrounds in the heart of Lonehill, Fourways, the Fabz Estate Hotel and Conference Centre is the ideal  getaway for those wanting to break away from the rush and stress of city life and head for the country without having to venture too far.

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More laid back guests can relax on the newly developed 120-seater covered patio area alongside the lake, drink in the spectacular river frontage, wander through the scenic English gardens, enjoy bird watching and fishing or play a round of golf. The more adventurous among you can embark on 4 x 4 trails, go horse riding or spend a night out at Montecasino which is just 4km away.

Perfectly located, guests will enjoy the peaceful country ambience, with the best of both worlds as Fabz is close to major highways, shopping malls, amenities and entertainment venues. Although great city fare is close at hand, guests can sit back and savour the very best of local dining on site. Overlooking a beautiful stretch of water with picturesque views, the a la carte restaurant is known for good contemporary Italian cuisine and a number of signature dishes.

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By combining a stylish, more formal food experience with the contemporary country cooking which hotel quests have come to expect, the restaurant produces unpretentious cuisine that is hard to forget.

Conference Venues Gauteng

When looking for conference venues in South Africa, many groups consider Johannesburg. The city has become a magnet for local and international conferences and is, in fact, the only African city to have featured in the top 20 destinations for conferences, seminars and congresses.

The Fabz Estate Hotel has a lot to offer when it comes to both conferences and special functions. Just completed is the new Illala Conference Centre which accommodates up to 180 delegates, while the Cellar provides for a more intimate atmosphere for the smaller groups. There are however a number of ideal venues on the Estate from which one can choose; all well ventilated, north facing, sun-filled rooms with balconies overlooking the beautiful gardens and the lake.

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This ideal retreat is also the perfect venue for weddings, family events such as birthdays and anniversaries and other private functions. Fabz management and staff pride themselves on co-coordinating intimate country-style weddings, each one personalised to create a unique, magical experience for the couple and their guests, while ensuring that no effort is spared in coordinating a day the bridal couple will always remember.

Accommodation Fourways

31 stylish rooms, which is a mix of singles, doubles and family rooms offer comfortable accommodation at Fabz Estate Hotel for a medium-sized conference
group or leisure guests who wish to get away for a weekend without trekking far from the heart of Johannesburg.

COMPETITION TIME! To enter this competition, simply answer the simple question below and leave your answer in the comments section below. The lucky draw will take place on 18 February, when the winner will be announced on our Blog and personally, by e-mail together with the voucher.  Remember to hit the Facebook Like Button and / or the other social media buttons.

How many delegates can be seated in conference at FABZ ESTATE HOTEL? Answers are to reach us by the morning of 18 February. Good Luck!!

Start planning your next conference now to ensure availability at special New Year rates.
Contact us at www.venuepages.co.za for rates and more information.

GREETINGS AND WELCOME TO 2013!

WHAT DOES THIS YEAR PROMISE THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY?
(Article written by Rosalie Howard)

I have spoken to several people in the hospitality industry recently, all of whom have shared the same story with me … that they have had bumper seasons with 100% occupancy throughout December into January with further holidays booked and confirmed for next Christmas season, resulting in full houses again!

This tells me that there is cash flow once again and I celebrate this news that if South Africans and visitors from abroad have holiday cash, the conference industry will also have the experience in this year of turning a page … leaving the past behind except for the experiences which serve us and moving forward into a new paradigm, both personally and in business – a time of reaping.

It is always good advice to make future plans where possible, in January, as this is usually the time that hotels and conference centres offer cut rates especially in the first quarter of the year.

In the Western Cape, summertime as you all know is the best time to visit the fair Cape when the weather is better than anywhere else (although they too have had a few heat-waves recently); the KZN Midlands where the weather is balanced and with good rainfall, the greenest province in South Africa; the Eastern Cape, which while windy boasts some of the most beautiful beaches along the entire coastline; inland at our numerous Game Reserves and Country Retreats and in Gauteng in the picturesque Magalies area, Muldersdrift, along the Vaal River or for tight schedules, the many 4-5 star, exceptional hotels on the East Rand.

What’s up that’s big this year?

February-April
• The African Mining Indaba in Cape Town 4-7 February
• The Microsoft Tech-Ed Conference at the I.C.C. Durban 10-14 February
• Enterprise Risk Management Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Johannesburg 12-15 February
• The Core Banking Solutions Conference at the Indaba Hotel in Johannesburg 13-14 February
• The 6th World Congress on Paediatric, Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery at the I.C.C in Cape Town 17-22 February
• Future Bank World Africa Congress at Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg 11-12 March
• The 12th World Federation of Chiropractic Congress at the I.C.C. Durban 10-13 April

And the calendar for the rest of the year continues over many pages … this is a mere handful of what to expect in the first quarter of the year.

Should any of you have block accommodation bookings you wish to make, we can assist you with these … contact us on info@venuepages.co.za or make your enquiries on (www.venuepages.co.za)

Special Days and celebrations coming up …

BURNS NICHT is on Friday 25 January … Being a Friday, all the Scots among us can celebrate in grand style, without considering tomorrow … order your Haggis now; start planning the Athol Brose for which Waitrose.com has published a delicious recipe:
Pear and Haggis Salad with Athol Brose Dressing
Athol brose is a sweet Scottish dessert of cream, whisky, honey and oatmeal.
Vegetarian
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Serves: 6
Ingredients
• 3 tbsp blended malt whisky, or our Buyer’s recommendation: Isle of Jura 10-year-old whisky
• 4 tbsp half-fat crème fraîche
• 2 tsp Dijon mustard
• 1 tsp Scottish heather honey
• 120g pack Waitrose Aromatic Baby Leaf Herb Salad
• 6 Perfectly Ripe Conference Pears
• ½ x 454g pack Macsween Vegetarian Haggis
Method
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5. Cut the pears in half lengthways. Remove the cores with a teaspoon to leave a cavity for the filling, but leave the stems intact. Put the pears into a shallow, ovenproof dish just large enough to fit them in a single layer.
2. Divide the haggis between the pears, filling each cavity with a generous mound of the mixture. Drizzle 100ml of cold water and the whisky around the pears.
3. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes, until the pears are tender. Uncover and bake for a further 5 minutes, until the haggis is golden. Meanwhile, blend the crème fraîche, mustard and honey together in a bowl.
4. Serve the cooked pears with the salad leaves. Pour the juices from the baking dish into the dressing, season to taste and mix well. Drizzle over before serving with oatcakes.

VALENTINE’S DAY … 14TH February. Wine and dine your loved one in a romantic setting with roses and chocolates …

EASTER SUNDAY 31 March. Plan and book your weekend away ahead of the rush at your favourite get-away or try a venue you have never been to before

Start your conference planning well ahead this year as this is the year when venues will book up earlier than in the past three or four years. For a comprehensive list of venues throughout South Africa, visit our website on http://www.venuepages.co.za

We wish you a successful, happy and abundant 2013!