CONFERENCE VENUES EAST LONDON, EASTERN CAPE

Conference venue East London

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East London, A charming, olde-worlde medium sized city, friendly and breezy is built between the Buffalo River and Nahoon River. The city which has formed around the only river port in South Africa and attracts visitors from far and wide because of its scenic coastal beauty along the magnificent east coast of South Africa. Sub-tropical in nature with most of its rainfall in spring and autumn.
East London is the second largest industrial centre in the Eastern Cape with the motor industry being the dominant employer.

Centrally situated …

The N2 motorway connecting Cape Town and Durban bypasses the city of East London, while the N6 highway joins East London with Bloemfontein. The newly re-built East London Airport is a mere 10 klm from the city centre and offers daily flights to all major South African cities.

The hospitality of the folk in East London is worth mentioning. It has remained small enough to be known in South Africa as one of the most friendly cities yet it is also large enough to offer all the mod-cons of a city while the delightful neighbouring resort suburbs have a distinctive air of holidays … here you can smell the sea.

CONFERENCE IN EAST LONDON

The ELICC (East London International Convention Centre) is possibly the largest international convention centre in the province and is a draw card to East London, for international and national conferences and seminars. This venture, while it was at first thought of as a brave one, has already proved that it is worthy of much that Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban are with 3 and 4 star hotels within walking distance.

ELICC

While it is a central destination and while it is a popular holiday destination and well known for industry, East London is proud to present one of the most up-to-date convention centres in South Africa which also incorporates the 261 roomed, up-market Premier Hotel Cascades, with panoramic views of the pristine beaches.

HEMMINGWAYS – TSOGO SUN

Recently, while I was visiting my family in Gonubie, a delightful olde-worlde holiday town, approximately 9 klms out of the hubbub of the city itself, heading back towards the old Transkei Road, we spent a wonderful evening at the modern, large Hemmingways Complex which is built between the city and Gonubie and Beacon Bay. We attended a magical tribute to the BeeGees in the theatre which is located in the Casino area of the centre. As we were early, we stopped to have a meal at “Latitudes”, managed by Tsogo Sun, which is directly in front of the theatre. Our dining experience was memorable and I highly recommend this little restaurant to locals and travellers for outstanding standards of service, scrumptious meals at unbelievably reasonable prices. For example, my sister and I shared an Ox Tail meal, as we only wanted something light. This delicious dish was served to us, complete with a selection of fresh veggies and mashed potato for R84.00! … I wonder how many other restaurants of this top calibre can offer a large meal at this price? !

Latitudes is just one small part of the greater hotel within this modern, ample complex. The Hemmingways Hotel offers large, medium sized and small conference venues as well as over 100 rooms for accommodation. Being central between the city and the smaller suburbs or holiday villages around the city, it is a very convenient and desirable venue, managed with highly trained staff in attendance, excellent attention to detail and super smart service. A very impressive venue, unusual as it is not a stand alone hotel but a great part of the Hemmingways complex which is privately owned.

For more information on accommodation rooms, conference centres, function venues, contact us at Venue Pages on our telephone number 0861 262 262 or by e-mail on rosalie@venuepages.co.za or visit our website at http://www.venuepages.co.za and visit our blog posts on http://blog.venuepages.co.za. As we operate nationally, we can assist you with all your block accommodation requirements, your conference and seminar needs as well as your year-end functions and the like.

Other beauty spots nearby …

Gonubie … a mere 15 minute drive from the city, is a warm and friendly little village where many residents prefer to live because Nature has blessed this little town with one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches on the East Coast.

Fishing is a ‘national’ hobby in Gonubie and surrounds, where charters take off from most weekends, weather permitting. These must be pre-booked and may be done by contacting The Venue Pages or Rory Hare, the Skipper of a magnificent deep sea fishing boat on 082 787 5931.

Travelling towards Mthatha and Durban, East Londoners and visitors to Buffalo city are fortunate to have a number of picturesque coastal villages and holiday resorts within a short drive from the city … these include, Chintsa East and Chintsa West, Kei Mouth and the 4-star Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve and Conference facility, which although inland, is also very close to the sea with beautiful sea views, luxury tented accommodation and hotel rooms and a state-of-the-art conference centre. This coast line has remained unspoilt over the decades and is very reminiscent of the Wild Coast resorts.

Southern Sun Hemingways, East London

Situated in the scenic coastal city of East London in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, Southern Sun Hemingways takes its inspiration from the Key West home of famous writer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Ernest Hemingway. Gracious design is infused with sub-tropical elements, which result in a warm yet infinitely stylish hotel that instantly puts you at ease.

Step back into a time of elegant accommodation and well-thought-out features, as you explore the many sights that are found within the city and its surrounds. From the comfort of your base, the famous Eastern Cape beaches beckon, along with historical attractions and plenty of other things to see and do.

Southern Sun Hemingways Features

Each of the 108 en-suite rooms offered by the hotel was designed with comfort in mind. Décor is relaxed yet stylish, with furnishings carefully chosen to add to the Key West atmosphere. Features include tea and coffee stations, hairdryers, electric safes, air-conditioning, porter service, wake up facility and 18-hour room service. Double, queen and king rooms as well as a Presidential Suite is on offer. Smoking and wheelchair-accessible rooms meanwhile can also be arranged on request.

Services and facilities offered throughout the rest of the hotel are equally well-appointed. A fitness centre is available to keep you in shape, conferencing facilities are on hand if you are here to work, and free high-speed WiFi is also offered. You can also enjoy access to Hemingways Casino & Entertainment Complex, along with delicious breakfast and dinner options at Key Largo Restaurant. There are many other restaurants and facilities found at the nearby Hemingways Mall should you feel like getting out and about.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of East London with the help of Southern Sun Hemingways – your sub-tropical oasis in the heart of the Eastern Cape.

Call 0861 262 262 for more information or conference and seminar bookings. Visit out website www.venuepages.co.za and our Blog. http://blog.venuepages.co.za and read about our on-going, national competitions.

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Review by Rosalie Howard – Venue Pages

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

CONFERENCE VENUES, ACCOMMODATION ROOMS JOHANNESBURG / MAGALIESBURG

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An easy, leisurely drive westward from the hubbub of Johannesburg or Pretoria and within an hour you will arrive at the most enchanting village of Magaliesburg. Nestled just below the Southern Range of the Magaliesburg Mountains and at the heart of valleys, indigenous woodlands, this quaint village is surrounded by abundant bird life and game. While the area is largely natural Bushveld, visitors to this little village will also experience top quality hospitality in a variety of guest houses, hotels and lodges while fascinating shops, art and craft studios, farms, horse and mountain bike trails are offered in abundance, ad infinitum …

Many places of interest and a wealth of accommodation and conference venues will be found in this mountainous region, some tucked away in picturesque valleys, offering breath-taking vistas for as far as the eye can see while others are located in the village, seeped in its own unique charm and welcoming ambience.

MAGALIES MANOR

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45 minutes to an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, this elegant country establishment is an ideal conference venue, proudly offering luxury, cosy, comfy accommodation in 32 luxury, tastefully decorated en-suite rooms with peaceful views of the dramatic Magaliesberg mountain ranges, picturesque valleys and woodlands. Simply put, they have it all …

Children are welcome and their rates are : Under the age of 6 free of charge if sharing with two parents. Children between the ages of 6 to 11 pay half price if sharing with two parents. Children from 12 and older pay full rates, and are still required to share with at least one adult.

This elegant, gracious Manor House offers superb cuisine, personalized service and privacy in a magnificent garden setting with panoramic views. Cuisine, lovingly prepared by highly qualified chefs includes continental buffets for groups or table d’hôte menus for the smaller groups in conference or for individuals staying at this lovely hotel in the country.

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Get cosy in the pub and imbibe in a variety of cocktails, wine and malts, a game of pool and on wintry nights, sip port in front of the welcoming fireplace.

Conference Centre Magalies Manor

The new Day Visitors Centre, which houses four of the six conference venues, is tastefully decorated with African symbology in mind; rich earthy colours in a unique African décor style. This purpose-built new addition to Magalies Manor is ideal for groups between 20 and 150 delegates while upstairs, the second conference venue opens up onto the Azima Restaurant, viewing deck and Enzi Bar, while the ground floor venues have a breathtaking view over the Magaliesberg mountain range. So you can see … this IS the best stop for your next conference as it has been designed with your comfort in mind and management assure their conference guests of a result achieving ambience, superb service and standards and comfort.
It is also the ideal destination for day conferences, without accommodation, if this is what your group requires Johannesburg and Pretoria being a quick and peaceful commute.

The Lapa
The circular Lapa, is set on pure river sand under a very large thatch roof structure and seats up to 40 people . Also ideal for ‘outdoor’ meetings, break away groups and ‘bosberade’. The Lapa overlooks the Elephant dam and is open-sided with drop down canvas with an expansive view over the Game Reserve.
• Adventure Activities and Team Building in and Around Magaliesburg
Blaauwbank Historic Gold Mine & Resort
GoVertical Mountaineering Adventures
The Spectacular Magaliesberg Canopy Tour
Saddle Creek Ranch Horse Riding
• DATeam ‘Team Building’
Kashan Country House
Hot Air Ballooning
Microlighting
• Saddle Creek Ranch – Magaliesburg Adventures
• Horseback Trail Rides
• Quad Trail Rides.
• Off road Go Karting

So, as you can see, there’s plenty to do, if doing is what you are visiting Magaliesburg for, or, if not, and you are merely looking for a haven of peace, this is it … visit the scenic and entertaining Hartebeespoort Dam for a day and engage in some boating on the dam or merely relaxing with a picnic watching the activities and soaking in the peace and tranquillity of the area.

This article is brought to you in the interest of efficient and professional conference organising by the Venue Pages (www.venuepages.co.za) http://blog.venuepages. Co.za.

Please contact us for rates and availability for your next event, whether in Magaliesburg or wherever … we work nationally and have a vast number of venues advertised on our site from which to choose. Spoilt for Choice !

Article compiled by Rosalie Howard

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