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.

Is Business Booming in the Conference Venue and Exhibition Industry in South Africa?

Conference venues Johannesburg

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

Stats show that Business Tourism is booming in South Africa and this includes seminars, conferences and the exhibition and trade show sector.

Some 1 000 world-class conference and exhibition venues operating to International Standards are available throughout South Africa which includes the small and intimate bush venues to the modern state-of-the-art, hi-tech Convention Centres such as the International Convention Centres in Cape Town, Durban and East London and Sandton Convention Centre, Gallagher Estate and Midrand Conference Centre in Johannesburg, to name a few.

This is not where it starts and ends either. Wherever there is an International event taking place in the country, conference tourism does exceptionally well for pre and post conference tours are most often a start or end to the serious stuff of business. Likewise, accommodation establishments, which includes hotels, guest lodges, self catering apartments, boutique hotels, and B & B’s have excellent occupancies during these busy periods and as long as we as South Africans can uphold our present excellent service standards, there is no reason why this shouldn’t grow even more rewarding in the future. It can certainly result in a Win-Win scenario given that the hospitality industry in the main, offers the best possible service and gets paid well for this and visitors leave with a feeling of satisfaction, good memories of our beautiful country and its people and venue operators with a sense of satisfaction of a job well done at the end of it. (Attention to detail and constant training is imperative to ensure this success of course!)

Some items on the local Conference Calendar from now until the end of September follow for your interest and possible participation. For conferences, congresses and conventions, exhibitions and trade shows, contact each centre’s local Tourism offices who can provide you with a list of up-to-date happenings in their city, who to contact, where to stay etc.

To source a conference venue in South Africa for your forthcoming conference, function or event click here.

Following is a list which covers the major events around the country. These are also updated on a regular basis and are by no means all that is on the cards for the next three months or so .

Conference Calender JULY

The XVIth World Economic History Congress & Exhibition
Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch
9-13 July

Agri-Food Exhibition
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

BRICS Africa Export Import Forum
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

Drink Tech Africa
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

Food Biz Africa
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

Food Biz Africa Halaal World
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

Food Tech Africa
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

Pan Africa Retail Trade Exhibition
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

Retail Solutions Africa
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

SAITEX: the 19th Southern African International Trade Exhibition
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-17 July

East Africa Business Summit & Expo 2012
Hilton Sandton Hotel, Johannesburg
20 July

National Antiques and Decorative Arts Faire
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
20-22 July

Port Elizabeth Homemakers Expo
Moffet on Main Lifestyle Centre, Port Elizabeth
26-29 July

Green Home Fair 2012
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
28-29 July

Conference Calender August

Cape Town Baba Indaba
International Convention Centre, Cape Town
3-5 August

Go Glamour Expo
International Convention Centre, Cape Town
3-5 August

The Luxury Travel Show
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
3-5 August

Decorex Joburg
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-12 August

IP Expo
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
15-16 August

Africa Print Expo
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
22-24 August

Visual Communications Africa Expo
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
22-24 August

Cape Homemakers Expo
International Convention Centre, Cape Town
23-26 August

Good Food & Wine Show Durban
Durban Exhibition Centre, Durban
23-26 August

Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Showcase
International Convention Centre, Cape Town
23 August

The Wedding Expo
The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg
25-26 August

Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2012
International Convention Centre, Cape Town
28-30 August

Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Showcase
The Atrium, Phase 1, Nedbank, Sandton, Johannesburg
30 August

The Baby Expo MamaMagic
International Convention Centre, Durban
31 August – 2 September

Conference Calender September

BASSA 2012: Business Analysis Summit Southern Africa
Protea Hotel Balalaika, Sandton, Johannesburg
3-5 September

Hydro Power Africa Conference and Exhibition
International Convention Centre, Cape Town
4-5 September

Hobby-X Midrand
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
6-9 September

FNB Joburg Art Fair
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
7-9 September

The National Boat Show
Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg
7-9 September

Cloud Computing Africa Conference & Exhibition
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
10-13 September

Content Management World Conference & Exhibition
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
10-13 September

Digital Advertising World Conference & Exhibition
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
10-13 September

e-Commerce & Payments Africa Conference & Exhibition
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
10-13 September

The Mobile Show Africa Conference & Exhibition
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
10-13 September

Social Media World Africa Conference & Exhibition
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
10-13 September

The Internet Show
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
10-13 September

Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) Conference and Exhibition International Convention Centre, Durban 12-14 September
International Small Business Congress & Expo
Sandton Convention Centre
15-18 September

International Housing Conference, Exhibition and Housing Awards
Southern Sun, Cape Sun, Cape Town
16-19 September

Money Expo 2012
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
21-23 September

Good Food & Wine Show Gauteng
Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg
21-24 September

HuntEx Cape 2012
Nelson Wine Estate, Paarl
21-24 September

The Green Expo
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
28-30 September

Bloemfontein Baba Indaba
Ilanga Estate, Bloemfontein
30 September – 2 October

Article by Rosalie Howard

IACC Customer Roundtables Show Continued Support for Complete Meeting Package

(St. Louis, MO) – June 2012 – For the third consecutive year, the International Association of Conference Centers of the Americas conducted a series of customer roundtables designed to gather direct feedback from customers and potential customers of IACC conference centres. The primary purpose of the on-going marketing project is to strengthen and expand the IACC Meeting Concept which continues to differentiate IACC members from traditional hotels and meeting venues.
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According to Peter Stockmann, President, IACC-Americas (and CEO, 3P Business Solutions), “With this third series of face-to-face customer roundtables, we sought to compare the results from the previous two years and keep our priorities in check. The focus is to make sure we are aware of the customer’s wants and needs and to ensure that we continue to provide an exceptional meeting experience.”

As in previous years, the market research program took place at IACC-member properties in the United States and Canada. The information gathered at the roundtables continues to provide IACC with important data that will allow the association to make sure the mission statement (“to be the thought leader on the meeting experience”) remains relevant.

Based on a highly-interactive format developed by former IACC President Neil Pompan (President of Pompan Hospitality Global) the roundtables were created to:

• Strengthen and expand awareness of the conference centre concept
• Get direct feedback from customers to ensure that the IACC Quality Standards
are current, relevant and on target.
• Generate usable market intelligence to share with member properties
• Generate quantifiable data that point to market trends.

Highest ranked items in the 2012 survey include:

10.0 Financial Set-up fees included in the Complete Meeting Package (CMP)
9.9 F&B Customize a menu to accommodate special dietary requirements
9.8 Financial CMP — A single package price – No nickel and diming
9.8 Meeting Room Individual Meeting Room Climate control
9.8 Technology Skilled on-site AV/IT technicians to handle every need
9.7 F&B Continuous Refreshment Break Service
9.7 Financial Meeting room rental expenses included in CMP
9.7 Meeting Room Ergonomic Chairs
9.6 Meeting Room Acoustically rated walls that guarantee no sound distractions
9.6 Technology At Least One (1) LCD projector

Participants in the surveys were provided a deck of 57 cards, each of which had one component of an “ideal meeting,” in eight general areas: Business Services; F&B; Financial; Guest Room; Meeting Room; Meeting Amenities; Technology; and Other. Groups evaluated and ranked all 57 components in terms of their importance to the ideal meeting. The facilitator then displayed a spreadsheet with the collective ranking of all components which fueled a discussion of priorities and what are the essential elements of the ideal meeting environment.

In previous years, the highest ranked items in the categories of Food and Beverage, Meeting Room, and Technology. In the most recent surveys, the highest ranked items came from the Financial category for the first time, followed by Food & Beverage and Meeting Room Design.

International Association of Conference Centres (IACC)

When the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) said it wanted to be the thought leader on the Meetings Experience, they took their commitment seriously. In this first blog to The Venue Pages audience, IACC is pleased to introduce readers and explain exactly why over 400 members in 14 countries look to IACC for fresh inspiration and knowledge to help them create innovative meeting experiences.

IACC’s Emerging Trends Committee released its first comprehensive Guide to Social Media for the hospitality industry at the association’s 31st annual conference in Houston, Texas.

The Emerging Trends Committee represents the perspective of the incoming generation on issues that may have an impact on IACC and/or the conference centre industry. As Co-Chair of the Committee, Sarah Vining, newly named IACC Board Associate, and Marketing Manager at The National Conference Centre in Leesburg, VA, co-authored the Guide with Co-Chair David Haas, outgoing Board Associate.

According to Vining, the goal of the Guide to Social Media was to help conference centres and other meeting venues “successfully launch a brand’s social media strategy.” The Guide features a detailed look at 23 social media platforms

In addition to easy-to-follow Descriptions, Target Markets, Objectives, and Best Practices for each channel, these platforms include currently popular platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn as well as emerging platforms such as Foodspotting and Pinterest.

Vining noted, “Beyond traditional advertising and public relations efforts, social media is another media outlet marketing teams should be utilising to reach clients and guests. To win group business, guests and planners both expect conference centres and hotels to be reachable via social media channels.”

For readers, the entire IACC Guide to Social Media is available to download on the IACC website by visiting http://bit.ly/IACCsocialmedia and further details on how to become a member of IACC can be found at www.iacconline.org .

IACC looks after the commercial interests of its members by developing and maintaining excellent communication channels with all stakeholders involved in hosting corporate and association meetings both domestically and internationally. IACC aims to unlock the expertise of its members to help provide a stage for successful future meetings.  There is no shortage of good meeting facilities in the world today, but IACC believes that its members are some of the most passionate examples of venues and associated organisations in the meetings industry! There is no better example of this than what one member in Holland recently did to create a truly exceptional meeting experience. Kapellerput Conference Hotel built a stunning Tree House-style meeting environment in the woods adjacent to the main conference centre. Clients – old and new – now queue up to run their meetings in the ‘KABAN’ as it is truly an inspiring environment for meetings.

Corporate and Association Meeting Planners have grown to trust IACC venues over the 30 years of its existence. Mark Cooper, IACC Vice President for Europe comments “through IACC, I have been able to promote venues at some of the world’s largest trade shows such as EIBTM and IMEX and I quickly realized that meeting planners would trust a IACC-member venue based upon a previous experience at an IACC venue somewhere else in the world. IACC is a brand like no other; it provides individual and small groups an identity which sits alongside and compliments their own brand”.

Just as many in our industry realise that the typical conference delegate will think differently by being around other like-minded people in a new environment, IACC realises that it is equally important for its members to meet and learn from each other. IACC members are typically the most experienced practitioners and most knowledgeable experts worldwide and ideas are exchanged at the many national, regional and international events IACC venues hosts annually.

The association not only helps members with guides like this Social Media Guide to help them communicate with clients, but also uses social media to support the exchange of ideas and communication between members. The IACC LinkedIn discussion board is usually active with some kind of debate or ideas exchange between members!

IACC’s Mission Statement sums up what it aims to achieve for members: “The International Association of Conference Centres is the thought leader on the meeting experience. IACC represents its members by defining and promoting the IACC Meeting Concept and providing learning opportunities”.  IACC would love to welcome new members in the Middle East and Africa over the coming years. Founded in 1981, the International Association of Conference Centres is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of the conference centre industry and to giving members the tools necessary to provide an exceptional meeting experience. Active members meet a set of Quality Standards and agree to a Code of Ethics. Currently, the association includes approximately 400 members from the United States, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, France, England, The Netherlands, Germany and Japan. For more information, visit the website at www.iacconline.org.

“There are meetings and then there are IACC meetings.”

Mark Cooper

IACC