May 292018

Conference Venues Musgrave

Conference Venues SA welcomes Coastlands Musgrave Hotel as one of the newest conference venues in MusgraveDurban, KwaZulu-Natal

With beautiful views of Durban, the Indian Ocean and Durban Harbour this modern, boutique 4 star hotel boasting 101 bedrooms are situated on the ridge of Musgrave’s popular Ridge road.  Our Deluxe Rooms magnificent city, sea and harbour views from their private balconies, while our Standard Rooms offer inland views of the immediate surroundings.

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May 252018

Durban Conference Venues

Conference Venues SA welcomes Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel as one of the newest conference venues in UmhlangaDurban, KwaZulu-Natal

With breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and Kwa Zulu Natal’s North and South Coast, this modern, 4 star hotel boasting 136 bedrooms are situated on the ridge of the popular corporate and leisure Umhlanga Rocks. All our rooms offer either full sea view or partial sea views and magnificent views of the surroundings.

A number of small, medium and large conference and event venues are available and our experienced banqueting team will assist you in planning your next conference, function or wedding.

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Mar 132014

Whether you are looking for an exclusive, elegant and intimate indoor venue or an outdoor garden area, Macnut Farm in Assagay will cater for every need at affordable prices with personalised care.



This unique venue nestled along the banks of the Umhlatuzana river in the picturesque Assagay Valley provide a tranquil and lovely backdrop for any function or wedding.

Macnut Farm is dedicated to providing personal assistance and service with all the details of your wedding to ensure a distinctive, magical day for the special couple and guests.

Macnut Farm is conveniently situated halfway between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, with easy access off the N3 and M13.

For all your function needs; from corporate workshops, special birthdays, anniversaries, product launches or team-building to intimate dinner for two; nothing can be too much effort or trouble for Macnut .

There are several venues to accommodate a variety of functions on. Macnut Farm can accommodate small intimate functions, large to small corporate events and functions, private baby-showers or kitchen-teas, memorable birthday parties, team-building and workshops. Macnut Farm will do their best to configure the venue to your individual requirements and needs. The large garden nestled along-side the Umhlatuzana River has ample options for outdoor activities or just to relax and absorb nature in this tranquil and picturesque setting.

Parking is plentiful and easily accessible. The many options that the venue offers will make your function unforgettable and memorable.

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Sep 182013

Conference Venues welcomes Fawncastle Conference Venue in Hillcrest, Durban to the list of growing conference venues. Whether on business or planning a holiday get-away, Fawncastle Estate offers a viable alternative to regular commercial hotels. Situated almost halfway between Pietermaritzburg and central Durban. Approximately 40 minutes from the airport and 25 minutes from Durban.


This four-star guest house is located in the heart of Hillcrest and is conveniently close to all amenities, yet tranquil and offers a taste of quiet country living. Accommodation is offered in a choice of executive, standard or poolside rooms. Comprising of two executive rooms, a honeymoon suite, five pool rooms / family rooms and four standard single, twin or double rooms.

Conference Facilities

A choice of two conference rooms:
Conference Room 1: Holds 12+ persons
Conference Room 2: Holds a maximum of 40 persons.

Overhead projectors, flip charts, white board & markers, pens, paper or files, juice, sweets and water are all inclusive.

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Jun 282013

The WASME 19th annual International Conference on SMEs will be held under the theme: “Beyond the downturn-Revitalising the global economy through small and medium enterprises” and will examine SME policies and support programmes. The Conference will be held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, 18th to 21st September, 2013.


The World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises’ (WASME) annual International Conference on Small and Medium Enterprise development (ICSME) is a prestigious annual event, which brings together under one roof business support organisations, policy makers, banks and financial institutions, international experts, academics, entrepreneurs, UN and other international and multi-national aid agencies involved in small business development.

Ashish J Thakkar, founder of Mara Group, will feature as headline speaker at the 19th WASME International Conference on SMEs. Billed as Africa’s youngest billionaire (a title he eschews) and named by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, Ashish is a serial entrepreneur who started his first business at the age of 15 years. Today Mara Group operates in 26 countries, employing 7,000 people.

Taking place under the theme Beyond the downturn: Revitalising the global economy through small and medium enterprises, the 19th WASME ICSME will examine past and current impact of the global economic slowdown which started in 2008 on small business start-up, survival and growth. Issues to be examined include: How have different countries responded to mitigate the negative impact on small businesses? What lessons have been learnt? What significance do different nations now place on the role of small business in stabilising the still fragile world economy and re-launching it onto a new growth path? What policies, strategies and programmes are being adopted to put small business at the heart of future growth? Conference topics include:

  • Creating enabling SME startup and growing conditions through improving the regulatory environment and strengthening small business advocacy
  • Cities and towns driving the development of sustainable and competitive SMEs – the case of the City of Durban and its sister cities abroad
  • Fostering technology-based entrepreneurship and small business – policies, methodologies and practices for effective stimulation of innovation, technology transfer and technology commercialisation
  • Fostering SME-based industrialisation – strategies, programmes, experiences and future directions
  • Encouraging and supporting SME internationalisation and export growth through globally-competitive SME clusters and networks
  • Strengthening SME competitiveness, sustainability and profitability through cleaner production techniques
  • Increasing start-up and SME funding through non-traditional financing – with special emphasis on crowd funding and angel investing
  • Increasing small business presence in the global marketplace through digital marketing

Leading policymakers, experts and entrepreneurs from around the world will present their views and ideas on the above topics and more. Breakaway sessions will discuss each topic in-depth and formulate proposals to inform current and future policy and practice in each of these areas around the world.

ICSME 2013 features leading speakers from around the world, including government Ministers and policymakers, SME promotion practitioners, experts and entrepreneurs themselves. Please check here regularly for speaker profiles, which will be updated continually as invited speakers confirm.

We are pleased to announce that the following international speakers are now confirmed for the 19th ICSME:

  • Mr Ashish J Thakkar Founder, Mara Group (United Arab Emirates)
  • Ms Christin Pfeiffer Secretary General, International Network for Small and Medium Enterprises (Italy)
  • Mr Gyan P. Agarwal Secretary General, WASME (India)
  • Dr. Khaled Nagaty CEO, Metropolitan Consulting (Egypt)
  • Mr Mark Brennan Commissioner, Australian Small Business Commissioner (Australia)
  • Dr Paolo Anselmo President, Italian Business Angels Network Association (Italy)
  • Mr Paul Niederer CEO, Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (Australia)
  • Dr P C Sabharwal Senior Adviser, WASME (India)
  • Mr Rajat Batra CEO, STENUM Asia Sustainable Development Society (India)
  • Mr Rohit Shukla CEO, Larta Institute (USA)
  • Mr T.R. Bajalia Deputy Managing Director, Small Industries Development Bank of India (India)
  • Mr Vedat Kunt CEO, VEGO Consulting (Turkey)

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Jun 212013

LARASA will be hosting the 2nd international Congress from 15 – 19 September 2013 at the Tsogo Sun, Sun Coast Convention Centre in Durban. The theme of the Congress is Leisure, Social Cohesion and Transformation. The sub themes include  Wellbeing and Health, Built Environment, Special Social Advocacy, Populations, Playgrounds and Parks, Tourism, Leisure Management and Education.


The successful inaugural LARASA Congress held at the International Convention Centre, in March 2012 created a lasting impression on all delegates who are looking forward to enjoying the rich heritage, hospitality and warmth of KwaZulu-Natal, Zulu Kingdom, once again. Presenters and delegates are expected from the following countries : South Africa, Australia, Belgium, China, Croatia, Colombia, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Spain, Slovakia, Switzerland, Taiwan,  Turkey, Uganda, United States of America, Zimbabwe.

This is not a typical organization or standard conference opportunity, but an opportunity to be a part of a globally networked organization which, at the end of the Congress, will leave behind a legacy for all communities to enjoy.

LARASA firmly believes in the value and benefits of Leisure and Recreation to improve the quality of life of all citizens and to transform cities into Leisure destinations. We extend an invitation to you to learn more about leisure and to meet renowned speakers from South Africa and  internationally,  who will share their knowledge and experience in the comfort of a modern and technologically advanced meeting venue.

The sub themes reflects the rich diversity of the Leisure industry and provides a holistic approach to the congress for the benefit of the delegates :

  • Health and Wellbeing – promoting Physical Activity, alternative  therapies, healthy / active lifestyle,  non-communicable diseases, employee wellbeing, HIV/Aids, obesity
  • Built Environment / Environmental awareness / Environmental justice – includes landscaping, trails, transportation, planning for a leisure city, sustainable cities, preservation of open spaces, natural resource management.
  • Special Populations – disabilities, Therapeutic Recreation / Recreation Therapy, inclusion, mainstreaming, women, children, gender equity, play, families, culture, race, resiliency, boosting self esteem and confidence, correctional services, campus recreation, human development
  • Social advocacy –  systems change, social networks, social justice, developing social capital, human dignity, equity and freedom, human rights, psychological wellbeing.
  • Parks and playgrounds – Outdoor adventure, playground audits, playground design / inclusive playgrounds, playground safety inspectors.
  • Tourism –  contribution of leisure services to economic growth
  • Technology  – Promoting physical activity through technological advances, ecosystems.
  • Leisure Education – Theories, experiential learning, curriculum development, skills development.
  • Leisure and Sport Management – Organizational development, policy development and strategic planning, implementation of services, risk management, municipal best practice, good governance.


Keynote Speakers

Ms. Yolande Spears – Vice President of Education & Community Relations at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Connecticut

Dr. Doris R. Corbett is an Associate Professor of Sport Sociology at Howard University.

Prof. Dr. Christopher R. Edginton serves as Secretary General, World Leisure Organization.

Prof. Dr. Karla A. Henderson is a Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University

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Mar 252013

Balmoral Hotel Conference Venue Durban

The Balmoral Hotel Conference Venue is ideally situated on Durban’s Golden Mile. The beach is right on the venue’s doorstep, and it is only a short walk away from Durban’s shopping and business district including Africa’s largest Dolphinarium, uShaka Marine World.

The Balmoral Hotel has been fully renovated but still retains its historic and stately character. It is considered to one of the most elegant venues along the Golden Mile Beachfront. The venue’s fully licensed Waterfront Restaurant leads out onto The Waterfront Terrace where delegates and visitors can relax and enjoy sun downers whilst overlooking the beachfront.

The conference venue offers Secretarial Service, Concierge, Jockey undercover parking, Room Service, Laundry & Dry Cleaning, Babysitter on request, Multilingual Staff, Currency Exchange, and Airport Shuttle.

Conference Facilities and Services

  • Total Meeting Space 126 sq. m
  • Maximum Meeting Space 72 sq. m
  • Pre-function Space 50 sq. m
  • Facilities located on the ground floor
  • Fully Serviced Video Conferencing
  • Full Meeting Concierge Services
  • Corporate meeting and event planning via RAYA MEETING CONNECTION
  • Theatre / Tours / Transportation Service.

Conference Accommodation

The Balmoral Hotel Conference Venue offers 95 large bedrooms. Each room is fully equipped and elegantly furnished. The rooms are divided into the following categories: Executive Sea facing; Superior Sea facing; Standard Double Sea facing, Disabled; Standard Twin Non Sea facing and Studio Non Sea facing.

The venue has 36 sea facing rooms, 47 kings or double rooms, 46 twins, 2 accessible rooms, 15 non-smoking rooms. The rooms are equipped with: Remote Control TV with selected Channels, Air conditioning, Electronic Door lock, Full Bathroom amenities, Hairdryer, Tea & Coffee Facilities, Iron & Ironing board on request, Electronic Safe, Internet access points in Sea Facing rooms.

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Jan 302013


The province of KwaZulu Natal was formed in 1994 when the province of Natal and the different areas that had made up the homeland of KwaZulu was combined into one province.

Because of the diverse and complex topography of KwaZulu Natal, the province has a varied climate. In general, the coastal areas are tropical with a progressively colder climate towards the inland regions. Geographically the province is divided into three distinct regions. There is the lowland region along the Indian Ocean coast, the central region in the Natal Midlands and two mountainous areas namely the Drakensberg Mountains in the west and the Lebombo Mountains in the north. The Tugela is the largest river in KwaZulu Natal, flowing west to east across the center of the province. The coastline of KwaZulu Natal is dotted with small holiday towns. Superb beaches of world-class quality are to be found along virtually every area of the KwaZulu Natal coastline.

The leading industry in KwaZulu Natal is sugar with dairy, corn, sorghum, sheep, cattle, citrus fruits, cotton, pineapples and bananas also being raised. There is also an emerging wine industry in KwaZulu-Natal and other industries in the province include chemicals, paper, textile, clothing, rubber, fertilizer, oil refineries, tanneries, vehicle assembly and food-processing plants.

Durban is a rapidly growing metropolitan area in KwaZulu Natal. It is one of the busiest ports in Africa and also has a good rail network linking into Southern Africa. Newcastle is the industrial powerhouse of the province with Mittal Steel South Africa situated there. Newcastle has also become the largest producer of chrome chemicals in KwaZulu-Natal. Other large operations include a diamond cutting works, various large engineering concerns, the Natal Portland Cement plant, and the Ingagane Power Station. The textile industry is a significant employer in the Newcastle area, with over a hundred textile factories belonging to Taiwanese and Chinese Industrialists.

Conference Venues in KwaZulu Natal

Complimented with service excellence, the Elephant Lake Hotel, is the perfect venue for conferencing, company functions, workshops and teambuilding. The Elephant Lake Hotel St Lucia is located on the shores of the St Lucia Estuary in the town of St Lucia. The Hotel has a Three Star South African Tourism Grading and boasts 58 luxury, en-suite, air-conditioned rooms, with the majority sharing a westerly view across the St Lucia Estuary. All rooms are equipped with Digital Satellite TV, tea/coffee facilities, hair dryer and full range of bathroom amenities. The Hotels ground floor has 26 rooms all with a private patio’s leading out onto beautiful manicured lawns and a sparkling pool. An upmarket restaurant leads out to the pool patio area. The fully equipped 100 seated conference/function facility is situated on the ground floor.

Conference facilities at The Golden Horse Casino Hotel are modern, offering flexible conference venues with up to date equipment. The Conference Centre adjoins the Scottsville Race Course and the Golden Horse Casino Complex with various venues catering for up to 500 delegates. Set in Pietermaritzburg in the Natal Midlands, 45min from Durban, The Golden Horse Casino & Hotel complex is the only hotel in Africa and one of few in the World boasting both a casino and a turf racecourse making a veritable punter’s paradise providing pulse-racing entertainment and casino gaming amidst, the sport of kings. The four star hotel is a world class stay with unmatched hospitality and 86 large en-suite bedrooms fit for a king, beautifully decorated and equipped with data lines for laptops, telephone, room safes and satellite TV.

The Hampshire Hotel conference meeting rooms can accommodate up to 145 attendees in a variety of configurations. Amenities include cable modem, DVD player, flip chart and markers, modem lines, VCR and whiteboard. The venue also offers event catering and complimentary high–speed wireless Internet access. The Hampshire Hotel offers modern accommodations located by the Famous Dolphin Coast and just 6 miles from the King Shaka Airport. The hotel offers tastefully decorated rooms which are equipped with custom comforters. All rooms include 37-inch LCD TVs and free Wi-Fi internet access and most rooms offer views of the outdoor pool.

The conference facilities at the Durban Manor Hotel & Conference Centre cater for a maximum of up to 200 people in Cinema Style, Cocktail, U-Shape, and School Room & Round Tables. Seven function rooms that accommodate up to 200 people in different set-ups and unique features include entrance hall, coffee shop, dining rooms and bar. These offer a variety of comfortable and well-appointed venues for conferences, weddings, banquets and have been used as film advertisement locations.

The Conference facility at Dragons Peak Mountain Resort can host groups of up to 100 delegates and is equipped with overhead projector, VCR, large TV, White Board, Flipchart, wall to wall Carpets, padded Chairs and Air-conditioning. The venue is situated on, a family owned, 1000 acre wilderness estate set in the shadow of Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle, part of the rugged Drakensberg mountains of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Purchased in 1955 by the Tungay family and developed over three generations, the resort retains its country charm and unspoilt views of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, bordering the prestigious Drakensberg Ukhahlamba World Heritage Site, renowned for both its geographic and cultural significance.

The Protea Hotel Karridene Beach Resort has the latest in conferencing equipment and can accommodate up to 200 delegates. Eight different conferencing rooms can accommodate 2 to 200 delegates in a variety of venues – from basic work areas to boardrooms overlooking the Indian Ocean to dinner dances and banquets for up to 150 guests. Only 20 minutes south of Durban, this modern and luxurious South Coast hotel resort is well-known for its excellent accommodation, wonderful food, friendly hospitality and superior service. Situated between the lagoon and the beach at Illovo, it also boasts an award-winning caravan park. Sporting and recreational activities and nearby facilities include golf, squash and swimming.

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Oct 262012

Forming part of the popular Gateway Theatre of Shopping, The Gateway Hotel offers guests a veritable feast of entertainment, restaurant and shopping outlets as well as excellent accommodation, in the heart of Durban‘s new business district of Umhlanga. Appealing to both the leisure and business market, the Gateway Hotel allows its guests quick access to all the Gateway Theatre of Shopping has to offer.

Gateway Hotel Conference Venue in Durban

Gateway Hotel Conference Venue

A wonderful and central venue for business men and women, the Gateway Hotel, is soon to become the preferred venue for conferences and business meetings. The iconic “leafy” screen surrounding the Gateway Hotel is not only an eye-catching design, but also an effective shading technique – it acts as a solar shield for the principal northern facades of the building.

Located on the Umhlanga Ridge the hotel has the unique advantage of allowing guests direct access to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, which offers a feast of entertainment, restaurant and shopping outlets as well as excellent team build facilities. The 146 room hotel has five well-appointed conference venues with the latest technology.

The Gateway Hotel is an ideal venue for banquets both large and small. Guest have access to abundant, secure parking, and for those wishing to spend the evening after the banquet, the 146 bedrooms offer a range of accommodation from standard rooms to junior suites.

For the business traveller, free wireless internet connection is available (in public areas only) at the Hotel, as well as excellent conference facilities consisting of five venues. The number of delegates the Ficus Suites can take ranges from between 78 to 600 delegates.

146 Rooms Available for Conference Accommodation

103 Standard rooms
40 Superior rooms
3 Junior suites
2 Paraplegic rooms (within superior room allocation)
12 Sets inter-leading rooms (within superior room allocation)

Facilities within Rooms

Laptop safe
Mini Bars
Separate baths
Superior room – balconies
Superior room – separate baths

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