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The upmarket suburb of Sandton has become Gauteng’s conference destination of choice and Johannesburg’s most esteemed corporate address.  World class conference venues have been established in Sandton to accommodate the increase of conferencing activity in this fast growing city.

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The shift of the Gauteng’s economic focus from the Johannesburg CBD to Sandton  has caused it to become the new premier business hub of the province. Most of the A-grade office space previously reserved for the Johannesburg city centre can now be found in Sandton. In the late 1990’s,  the Johannesburg Stock Exchange relocated to Sandton.

Being only 25 km from Gauteng’s OR Tambo International Airport, Sandton is ideally located for business travellers, government or international delegates alike. The new Gautrain has made life easy for conference and event organisers in Gauteng, with delegates safely and quickly transported to and from the airport.

Sandton has a truly cosmopolitan feel to it which permeates through its international hotels, conference venues, exhibition centres and leisure destination. Facilities are available for small to large business meetings, seminars, corporate events, team building events and functions. Sandton is home to some of the largest conference centres in Africa hosting trade shows, exhibitions and international conferences. Many of the conference venues provide their own accommodation, but if not, there are bound to be an accommodation venue within walking distance of any conference venue in Sandton.

Here are some popular conference venues in Sandton:

  • A combination of rustic style, modern facilities and exceptional service makes Stillpoint Country Manor the perfect conferencing venue. The hotel offers five different venues, catering for a variety of functions from leading trade and corporate conferences, audio-visual presentations and exhibitions, formal banquets and weddings, to smaller board meetings and intimate cocktail parties. The function coordinators at the venue are highly experienced in assisting the organization of events, with minimum fuss and maximum service. All-inclusive packages can be created to suit your conference, including AV equipment, refreshment breaks and accommodation if required.
  • Close to main highways and the Gautrain station, Faircity Quatermain Hotel is a welcome retreat. The Falstaff Superior Boutique Hotel is a superbly appointed and intimate Country-Style hotel located in the heart of Sandton. The Falstaff is well equipped for conferences and business meetings, offering 2 conferencing venues with the capacity to seat 25 delegates school-room style, and 30 delegates cinema-style. Both venues are air-conditioned, with plentiful natural light.
  • The conference facilities at Southern Sun Sandton are endorsed by the hotel’s Signature Conference status and offer 15 superb on-site meeting rooms. The event facilities at the venue can cater for intimate board meetings of 4 delegates to a cocktail function for 1200 guests. Conference arrangements are managed by an efficient banqueting team that can assist in theming your function, planning specialised menus and managing your event from start to finish without a glitch. For larger venues, the Sandton Sun offers direct access to the world renowned Sandton Convention Centre, via a skywalk.
  • Original art, ergonomically designed furniture and high-tech facilities make the Melrose Arch Hotel Business Centre the perfect world-class setting for highly effective executive meetings and conferences. The centre offers modern boardrooms, full secretarial and business services, a PC with printer, ISDN lines and two Internet kiosks. The pool area is on the same level as the conference floor, making it the perfect setting for tea breaks. The Business Centre is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • The extensive conferencing, banqueting and events facilities at the Saxon Hotel are all designed with the latest state-of-the-art electronics built in to cater for both corporate and private functions. Conferences are held in the Convention Lounge, which caters for a large number of delegates, as well as in the 30-seater tiered Auditorium, which is fully equipped with cutting-edge technology for high quality presentations and video conferencing. Boardroom-style conferencing is hosted in the dining library, and two additional boardrooms provide ample accommodation for executive conferencing for up to thirty delegates. Delegates are furnished with the finest conferencing accessories.
  • Set in tranquil gardens, the Cedar Park Hotel & Conference Centre offers a superb venue for conferencing, training programmes, weddings and functions, with accommodation in air-conditioned townhouse styled apartments. They have eight conference facilities that can accommodate from 10 to 700 delegates. Equipment available include Overhead Projector, Screen, Flipchart, White Board & Koki Pens, Pens, Notepaper and Name Place, Mineral Water, Cordials and Mints, Free Parking & Wireless Internet Connection.

These are just a small selection of the conference venues in Sandton and you will easily find many more quality venues. Although you are in the center of South Africa’s business hub, you will find that most of the venues here have a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere to enhance your business conferencing experience.

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