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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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.

THE PRO’S AND CONS OF UTILISING GUEST HOUSES vs HOTELS FOR CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

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I am sure that readers will have some valuable input here … discussing the pro’s and cons of Guest Houses and B & B’s versus Hotels and Conference Centres for conferences, meetings and Bos Beraads … We invite you to join a discussion.

Depending on the nature of the conference … i.e. if it is designed to be light-hearted without strict boundaries or schedules, a Guest House or B & B is ideal because they might impart an energy of quiet, relaxation and peace without bounds … bearing in mind that usually Guest Houses or B & B’s do not have a dedicated conference venue (while there are those who do) and they utilise their dining area for this purpose. Therefore, the day’s business can only realistically commence after breakfast has been cleared, at around 9.30 or 10 a.m. However, you would have the rest of the day to yourselves in this space as this is generally the only meal these personal and private venues prepare.

Personal attention is definitely assured in a Guest House or B & B, yours being likely to be the only event taking place on the day, hence you will have exclusivity with no distractions … unless the venue has grown into a large Guest House as some have offering more than one venue … ideally they should be re-named Boutique Hotels or Lodges wouldn’t you say? You are also likely to have home-baked cookies for tea and a lovingly prepared home cooked lunch … and ‘the lady or lord of the manor’ will even attend to your laundry with prior arrangements in most.

Hotels and Conference Centres on the other hand, are specifically, purpose-built with conference in mind and have all the staff required to attend to all the tiny details. They will be well equipped with state-of-the-art conference equipment and teas and meals will be served in designated areas, or in their main restaurant, or they might offer you a finger lunch inside the venue as a working lunch, if time does not permit a lengthy break in the day. They can certainly be more flexible as they have the means to be so.

Hotels of course are most suitable where numbers are high and accommodation is required for all delegates, whereas a guest house or B & B in general is only ideal for the smaller events. Hotels will likely also have their own shuttle service for collections from the airport.

Room service will be an attraction in hotels as 4 and 5 star hotels usually offer 24 hour room service if delegates do not wish to dine in the restaurant on site or call for a snack or a drink late at night.

Hotel rooms are nearly always equipped with wall safes for your valuables; some offer self-catering facilities such as microwaves and fridges and are stocked with all required crockery. Many hotels will offer either self catering rates or Bed and Breakfast, or dinner, bed and breakfast while others do not offer self catering at all.

Depending on where you are, many hotels will offer business lounges with up-to-date internet facilities, and team building space, an additional venue for your gala event, private dinner or Break Away room and of course, the favourite meeting place at the end of the day ‘the Pub’.

There are those who prefer the home-from-home ambience of a Guest House or Bed and Breakfast which is certainly an attraction, while there are those who prefer the formal surroundings and the kind of service only a hotel can offer.

B & B rates are always more affordable while hotels, being in the position of being able to offer full service, will be more expensive.

I guess it depends entirely on the event … the schedule you are working to … the area you are in .. and most importantly, your own comfort and choice!!

Any comments?

Author : Rosalie Howard Venue Pages

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Win a weekend for 2 to Protea Hotel Balalaika. A Conference Centre in Sandton, Gauteng

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The Venue Pages is running a competition for visitors to our blog to stand the chance of winning a 2-night stay for 2 adults at the up-market Protea Hotel Balalaika in Sandton Gauteng. This offer is on a bed and breakfast basis and all you need to do is

  • Answer this simple question, the answer to which, can be found in the content below and
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Your answer should be left in the comments section below.  Please make sure you are following the blog so that we can contact you should you win.  Winners will be notified by e-mail and their names will be published on this blog.  The competition is open to everyone and will be decided on a lucky draw system.

Question: How long has The Protea Hotel Balalaika been in operation for?

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Welcome to the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton

30 minutes from OR Tambo Airport, The Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, set in a well manicured and picturesque garden is a 330 roomed, 4-star hotel and conveniently situated in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg. Ideally located in the financial quarter and commercial hub of Sandton and only 5 minutes away from the Sandton Gautrain Station and 200 metres from Sandton City Shopping Centre.

The Protea Hotel Balalaika has been in operation for 60 years and has undergone on-going refurbishment to keep up-to-date with modern standards and to meet clients’ expectations. Offering modern state-of-the-art facilities including a business centre, free Wi-fi and 9 well equipped conference venues. It has become a popular choice of venue for international conferences due to its high calibre in standards and service and because of the abundant accommodation, which suits the size of the venues.

The hotel’s bedrooms are spread over two sections – the Balalaika and the Crown Court all of which are air-conditioned and tastefully decorated in a classic, comfortable style and en-suite.

Conference Centre Balalaika

The Balalaika’s conference centre, comprising 9 well kitted out rooms, can accommodate from 6 to 350 delegates. Weddings and other formal or informal functions are also hosted in the Conference Centre with ease.
With Year-End approaching fast, it is advisable to book your year-end function now to avoid disappointment. The Protea Hotel Balalaika offers traditional lunches and dinners plus a variety of themed events with cuisine to match. These include:

• African Theme
• Medieval Theme
• Moroccan Theme
• Night Of The Stars

Nearby activities and leisure include golf, tennis, squash and horse riding.
No request is too small or too big for the professional staff at the Protea Hotel Balalaika. Keeping up a high standard over 60 years is quite a feat and this venue is highly recommended for conferences, accommodation, functions or merely for an evening out to relax.

Year end function venues

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