Nov 132012

Before the formation of the Union of South Africa in 1910, the Western Cape was referred to as the Cape Colony. After 1910 and prior to 1994, the Western Cape area was part of an extended Cape Province which included the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape and North West regions.

Western Cape Conference Venues

With one of the fastest growing economies in South Africa, the Western Cape is already the second largest contributor to the country’s total GDP.  The province has some of the most highly educated residents and skilled work force in Africa. It also has the highest high school and university graduation rate in South Africa.  The Western Cape is home to three world class universities with the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape. When it comes to the employment rate, the Western Cape is once again lower than the national average.

The financial, business services and real estate sectors are the biggest sectors in the Western Cape.  Other industries that are rapidly gaining importance in the province include high tech industries, international call centers, fashion design, advertising and television production.

Western Cape’s network of highways does not have to take a back seat to any country in the world. All the main roads are tarred, and the major gravel roads are well maintained.  The telecommunication network is highly sophisticated, and landlines are readily available. Most areas have access to ADSL and other high speed internet services.

Cape Town is the capital of the Western Cape and the most entrepreneurial city in South Africa. The city is the second most populated city in South Africa. It is the seat of the National Parliament and also the legislative capital of the country. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Cape Town is famous for its harbor, natural settings and landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point.

Venues in the Western Cape

Here are some of the exceptional conference venues in the Western Cape, for a full list of venues in the Western Cape click here.

The ABH Training conference room is a modern, elegant venue that seats up to 16 delegates. The conference package at the venue includes airconditioning, white board, flip charts, projector screen, laptop and data projector. ABH Training is centrally located in Thibault square with secure underground parking and is close to all public transport. The room is set up in two different styles, boardroom style and class room style. Tea and coffee and water are also available at extra cost per delegate.

Set in a picturesque garden, with magnificent views of the Stellenbosch Mountains, Hoopenburg Conference Venue is a haven of peace in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. The venue is able to host a maximum of 15 delegates.  Conference facilities include a flipchart, roll up screen, overhead projector for laptop, fax, printer/scanner, television and DVD player. The venue is air-conditioned and offers panoramic views of the vineyards and garden. There is a fireplace for cold winter days.

 Choose the special setting of Pembi Durbanville Conference Centre for any occasion including weddings, end of year functions, conferences or team building events. Whatever your needs, their dedicated team of professionals will make your event the memorable moment it should be. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the vineyards as you take a break to recollect and re-energize. On a lucky day, you may hear our resident fish-eagle or detect a stray pelican. Their decorated meeting rooms with quality finishes and furnishings, together with state-of-the-art technology, inevitably put you in the lap of comfort and luxury.  PEMBI “Durbanville” offers a wide range of conference room layouts in order to accommodate any variety of needs.

Situated in the quiet surrounds of Durbanville, Ruslamere Guest House, Spa & Conference Centre, offers luxury accommodation and executive conferencing. The first choice for executive conferencing in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs, Ruslamere offers five upmarket venues; four conference locales and a private boardroom to cater for all conference, seminar and workshop requirements. Large Functions, Product Launches and Weddings are also hosted regularly in the impressive domed Pool Deck which can seat up to 140 guests over the indoor pool.

State of the art facilities, easy parking, 1117 hotel rooms within walking distance and access to all the main highways make The Pavillion Conference Centre the perfect choice for anyone wishing to take their conference experience to the next level. The Pavilion team offer clients a one stop value added service by being able to organise accommodation, decor, security, transfers, exhibition stands, entertainment and specialised AV equipment to accompany any conference enquiry.

The Winelands Conference Centre is located just a stone’s throw outside Stellenbosch, surrounded by vineyards and Olive groves, offering delegates a rich mixture of scenic beauty, architectural integrity, mouth-watering cuisine and rural tranquillity. The Winelands Conference Centre comprises of four separate conference rooms located in two buildings adjacent to each other. Their conference facilities can accommodate from 2 -80 delegates depending on the setup. There is also a boardroom facility that can accommodate 2 – 10 delegates.

Upper Eastside Hotel Conference Venue in Cape Town offers a variety of affordable conference venues, with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology and an experienced and professional team to help you plan and realize a successful conference or strategy meeting. Choose one of the eight modern, fully-equipped rooms – from the intimate Queens 1, able to host 14 (boardroom meeting configuration/furnishing) to 60 (cocktail party), to Central 2, able to host 30 to 120 delegates, depending on your needs.  Upper Eastside Hotel is conveniently located for your Conference in Cape Town, within striking distance of the airport, Cape Town’s CBD and business parks. The hotel also offers complimentary undercover controlled-access parking for any number of guests, thereby providing additional peace of mind.

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Oct 222012

Situated in Cape Town, South Africa’s premier tourist destinations, The Pavilion Conference Centre focuses on a custom made conference experience, which combines a beautiful and flexible facility with service excellence. 

The Pavilion Conference Centre in Cape Town

The Pavilion Conference Centre in Cape Town

 The Pavilion Conference Centre in Cape Town offers state of the art conferencing facilities, convenient parking, 1117 hotel rooms and a location that is within walking distance to all the main highways of Cape Town. The staff at the Pavilion conference venue offer clients a, one stop, value added service by being able to organise accommodation, decor, security, transfers, exhibition stands, entertainment and specialised AV equipment to accompany any conference enquiry together. 

Whether it is for  a board meeting or a large seminar, the superbly designed conference rooms at The Pavilion Conference Centre comfortably accommodate delegates in various seating configurations. All the auxiliary services expected from an international conference centre are available, and their staff will gladly assist with arranging the venue and seating needs, audio-visual equipment and floral arrangements, menu requirements, decor, lighting, sound and any additional services.

The Pavilion Conference Centre recently announced the unveiling of a second conference centre in May 2012. The Pavilion Clock Tower is situated in the V&A Waterfront of Cape Town, and boasts conference venues with stunning views of the harbour and the ability to accommodate up to 21 different room configurations for conferences and events. Maximum capacities include 850 delegates for a cocktail event; 380 for a gala dinner and up to 460 cinema style seating.

The following audio-visual equipment is included in The Pavilion Conference Centre standard conference packages:

  • 1 x TV Monitor
  • 1 x PA System
  • 1 x Laser Pointer
  • 1 x Flip Chart with pad & pens
  • 1 x DVD Player
  • 1 x Standing Microphone
  • 1 x White Board

Click here for more information on The Pavilion Conference Centre in Cape Town.

Oct 122012

The African Ports Evolution 2012 Conference for African port authorities, terminal operators, government, providers of products and services, will be taking place in Cape Town from the 20th  to 22nd of November.

African Ports Evolution 2012 Conference

The African Ports Evolution Forum 2012 will provide attendees with take home, futureproofed solutions for boosting the integrity of port operations, modernizing facilities, and increasing bulk and container throughput. The conference will include a lively mix of keynote addresses, panel discussions, case study presentations and numerous networking sessions.

This conference is the only African event to provide broad insight into how a ports development project affects ports authorities, investors, and terminal operators and importers and exporters alike. The African Ports Evolution Forum 2012 will feature, engaging interactive presentations, knowledge and solution driven sessions, key suppliers under one roof, extensive case studies and numerous networking opportunities.

Reasons to Attend the Conference

  • Unique opportunity for open dialogue and collaboration between National Revenue Authorities and National Ports.
  • Step-by-step guidance throughout every stage in the African port expansion project.
  • Sequential contributions made from port operators, port authorities, investors, and importers/exporters.
  • Learn how to access emerging corridors from stakeholders with interests along new and growing trade routes.
  • Learn about cross-border cooperation amidst Africa’s ports as a means of boosting the continent’s overall profile as a premier partner for international trade.
  • Learn how to reduce transit times well below the current World Bank estimate of 38 days to import and 32 days to export in Africa.

Conference Venue

The venue for the African Ports Evolution 2012 Conference is the Radisson Blu, Waterfront. This conference venue is newly renovated and offers a five-star seaside experience overlooking both Table Mountain and Robben Island. The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront offers some of the most ideal meetings and events facilities in Cape Town.  Fully compatible with today’s dynamic business needs, this hotel offers two air-conditioned conference rooms with the latest audio-visual and technical equipment, with world-class catering. Each room has a maximum capacity for up to 70 guests and rooms may be combined for larger groups.

The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront affords easy access to popular attractions, including Greenmarket Square, Mouille Point and Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and is located 21 kilometres from Cape Town International Airport. The 177 rooms at this Cape Town luxury hotel are equipped with first-class amenities like coffee and tea provisions, free high-speed internet access and mini bar. For the ultimate luxury, the hotel’s Business Class rooms and suites overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Al fresco dining is available at the on-site Tobago’s Restaurant. The hotel also boasts an on-site spa with a variety of relaxing treatments, such as oxygenating vitality pool, and a fitness centre.

Conference Keynote Speakers

The African Ports Evolution 2012 Conference will feature over 40 industry speakers including:

  • Tau Morwe, CEO, Transnet National Ports Authority, will deliver the Keynote Address and provide the inside track on South Africa’s dynamic infrastructure development plan now underway.
  • Simon Allen, Managing Director, Stefanutti Stocks Marine.
  • Ton Bestenbreur, Independent Port Operations & Logistics Consultant and Part-Time Lecturer, University of Stellenbosch.
  • Brian Bitsch, Chief Commercial Officer, Sogester S.A. – A.P. Moller-Maersk Group.
  • Rae Cruikshank, Group Executive: Customs Operations, South African Revenue Services.
  • Dr. Leila Goedhals-Gerber, Senior Lecturer, University of Stellenbosch.

Register for the Conference

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Aug 272012

Conference Venues SA welcomes De Oude Welgemoed Conference Venue to its list of venues in the Bellville suburb of Cape Town.

De Oude Welgemoed Conference Venue Bellville Cape Town

De Oude Welgemoed Conference Venue

De Oude Welgemoed is situated on one of the original farms in the Tygerberg area, dating back to 1677. The original homestead steeped in 300 years of history dating back to the 1760’s was restored and converted into a fully licensed fine dining restaurant in 1991. The big garden with a huge 300-year old oak tree and stunning views over the Bellville golf course and the Hottentots Holland Mountains create a relaxed and elegant atmosphere.

De Oude Welgemoed brings home a standard of food, wine and service of which the quality is next to none.  De Oude Welgemoed recently achieved Gold Award status, and dining here is an experience that surpasses all sensory expectation. The Venue can cater for: functions, conferences, weddings, special occasions, corporate launches and many more. Functions or corporate presentations can be hosted in their fully equipped conference room or boardroom.

The elegant, well equipped and not too large conference room, can be used for seminars, cocktail parties or business meetings. The conference room is located in the renovated stable area of De Oude Welgemoed. The conference room also caters for all dishes served from the venue’s restaurant and bistro.

The boardroom facilities provide the perfect setting for a wide range of events from board meetings and presentations, to training sessions and briefings. It can also be set up as private dining room for up to 20 guests.

Set-ups Available:

Banquet Style:
Round 10-seater tables – 50 guests with dance area

Classroom Style:
36 people (excl. presenters)

U-Shape: Max 30 people (excl. presenters)

Cinema Style: 70 guests

Boardroom: Large rectangular table seating up to 20 guests

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Aug 242012

Conference Venues SA has added Manhattan Suites to the list of conference venues in Century City, Cape Town.

Manhattan Suites Conference Venue Cape Town

Manhattan Suites Conference Venue Cape Town

Manhattan Suites are situated on the banks of the Grand Canal, part of the Century City development in Cape Town South Africa. They offer state of the art Conference Facilities and can accommodate up to 50 delegates. Conference facilities include: Proxima, Screen, Surround Sound, DVD, CD, Flipchart & Pens, Stationary, Air Conditioning, and Natural Light.

Manhattan Suites offer luxury self-catering conference accommodation in a prime position within a short drive from the Cape Town International Airport and Cape Town City Bowl. The hotel is situated opposite Canal Walk Shopping Mall which offers a wealth of shopping and activities.

Each of the 28 elegantly styled suites features contemporary decor, luxurious fabrics and attention to detail that creates a warm and inviting space in which to relax and enjoy your down time between conference sessions.

Services at Manhattan Suites include:

  • High speed WIFI Internet access with free 10MB of data per laptop per day
  • 07h00 – 22h00 Reception and Concierge Service
  • 24 hour manned security
  • Laundry and dry cleaning services
  • Conference Facilities
  • Secure underground parking and 24 hour access control
  • Luxurious Guest Lounge and breakfast terrace
  • Restaurant on site
  • Luxury all suite apartment Hotel

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Aug 142012

Conference Venues SA welcomes De Vrede Guest House to its list of conference venues in Brackenfell Cape Town. De Vrede Guest House Conference Venue offers sincere and warm hospitality with stunning views and tranquil surroundings. Centrally located, just 20 minutes from the Cape Town International Airport, De Vrede is easily accessible from the N1 highway and well positioned for both business and leisure travel in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town.

De Vrede Guest House Conference Venue Brackenfell Cape Town

De Vrede Guest House Conference Room

 The conference room at the De Vrede Guest House can comfortably seat up to 60 conference delegates (dependent upon seating style). The venue is equipped with modern, audio visual, equipment, and a dedicated staff member to keep an eye on your conference or function. Secure parking for delegates and guests are always provided.

The De Vrede Guest House conference venue caters for conferences, boardroom meetings, product launches, functions and cocktail parties.

Conference accommodation at the guest house comprises of 6 Double Standard Rooms, 4 Twin Standard Rooms and 1 Double Superior Room. All rooms are en suite (shower only). In-room facilities include:

• Televisions
• Selected DSTV channels
• Safety Deposit Boxes
• Telephone
• Tea / Coffee Making Facilities
• Mini-bar Fridge
• Air-conditioning
• Hairdryers

Management and staff at the De Vrede Guest House Conference Venue are friendly, passionate, service excellence driven and dedicated, taking care of every need.

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