Cape Town, with world-class conference and hotel facilities complemented by stunning natural and cultural tourist attractions, is increasingly making its mark on the local and international conference scene.
Take a look at a selection of the city’s conference and expo venues, starting with the world-class Cape Town International Convention Centre.
- For the rest of the province, see: Western Cape venues
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Located on the Mother City’s northern foreshore beneath Table Mountain, Cape Town’s R500-million international convention centre opened its doors in July 2003, quickly raking in business, with 135 bookings, 100 of those for international conferences.
The centre was designed to bring all its facilities together under one giant roof – including a hotel, 10 000 square metres of dedicated exhibition space, two raked auditoria accommodating 1 500 and 620 people, 33 breakout rooms, and banqueting and meeting facilities.
The technology is state-of-the-art, the venues are flexible, and the kitchen facilities are the largest and most advanced in the Western Cape.
The 12 Apostles Hotel
The 12 Apostles Hotel, boasts meeting and conference rooms for up to 90 people.
State of the art audio-visual equipment is provided, as well as full secretarial support.
Customised menus are provided for corporate, social, or themed-events.
The hotel offers a great setting. Located almost four kilometres from Camps Bay, with the sparkling Atlantic Ocean on its right and unspoilt fynbos, typical of the Western Cape, on its left, it makes a superb getaway spot for a conference, but is within easy reach of the conveniences of Cape Town.
Located on the picturesque Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the Atlantic Imbizo offers six venues for conferences.
The facilities include a fully-equipped business centre, as well as all the standard audio-visual aids one would expect from a top-class venue.
Catering is done by in-house chefs, with personalised menus on offer.
The Bay Hotel
Just 10 minutes from Cape Town’s CBD, the Bay Hotel is a 25minute drive from Cape Town International Airport and can be accessed by an airport shuttle.
It offers 72 bedrooms and six suites, including two rooms equipped for the disabled.
There are three conference venues and three breakaway rooms, with the largest venue, the Rotunda, able to accommodate up to 550 people.
Standard equipment is supplied, as well as business services, ISDN lines and exhibition areas.
For leisure time, 4 x 4 off-road driving and mountain climbing can be arranged, while mountain biking is available and golf courses are within easy reach.
Belmont Square Conference Centre
The Belmont Square Conference Centre, in Rondebosch, is a day venue and is just a 15-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport. It has ample undercover parking with 24-hour security and access for the physically disabled.
There are 11 conference venues able to host up to 350 people.
Catering is supplied and menus can be made to accommodate specific requirements.
Standard equipment is supplied, as well as specialised sound and lighting equipment, video conferencing, satellite link-ups and touch-screen technology.
The Breakwater Lodge
The Breakwater Lodge is located about 25 kilometres from Cape Town International Airport and can be accessed by a shuttle service.
It has ample parking and boasts 287 bedrooms.
There are numerous conference venues including seven tiered lecture theatres.
The largest venue is able to host 150 people, while there are 30 seminar rooms that seat eight people each.
Standard equipment is supplied and translators are available.
The Cape Town Lodge Hotel
The Cape Town Lodge Hotel and Conference Centre features eight conference rooms and a boardroom. The conference rooms have a New York loft atmosphere and are named after New York landmarks.
Facilities on offer include audiovisual equipment, specialised presentation equipment, gourmet catering, wi-fi Internet access, full secretarial services, translation services, and secure underground parking.
As many as 180 people can be accommodated, depending on the configuration of seating.
The Forum @ The Victoria and Alfred Hotel
In the prime area of the Cape Town Waterfront, the Forum Conference and Banquet Centre at the Victoria and Alfred Hotel offers three conference venues, all extremely flexible in design, allowing for groups of up to 100 to be hosted when the three are combined.
An impressive array of equipment is provided, including cordless radio microphones and Internet access.
The V&A Hotel, formerly the North Quay Warehouse, was converted into one of the most recognisable attractions on Cape Town’s world famous waterfront in 1989, and is today also home to the OYO Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, a classy restaurant with a fantastic view of Cape Town harbour and Table Mountain.
Grand West Casino & Entertainment World
The stylish Grand West Casino and Entertainment World is located in Goodwood, within easy reach of Cape Town’s CBD and International Airport.
It has ample parking available for in excess of 4 000 vehicles and the hotel has 120 bedrooms.
There are five versatile conference venues, able to host as many as 1 000 people.
The Grand West offers a host of different restaurants, bars and clubs and for entertainment there amongst others six cinemas and an Olympic-size ice-skating rink.
Golden Tulip – The Lord Charles
The Lord Charles, located in Somerset West, boasts eight conference venues, able to accommodate from 10 to 800 people.
The venues are versatile and can be used in a variety of conference designs: cinema, schoolroom, boardroom and U-shape. They can also be used for cocktail parties and banquets.
There is ample parking and the setting is peaceful and calm – ideal ingredients for a successful conference.
His People Centre
His People Centre in Goodwood, Cape Town, is able to host very large conferences, up to 5 000 in the centre’s Main Auditorium!
The Minor Auditorium can accommodate up to 850 people, the Minor Hall 250 people, and seven smaller venues host 40 people each.
Spacious foyers are also available and there is ample parking space.
Catering is available, as is equipment, including state-of-the-art audio equipment. Additional services can be arranged.
Life Conference Centre
Life Conference Centre is situated in a prime position in the heart of Sea Point it is surrounded by numerous 3 to 5 star hotels and restaurants, 5 minutes drive from the V & A Waterfront and city centre and 25 minutes from Cape Town International Airport.
It is able to accommodate up to 776 delegates in its newly renovated stunning theatre style tiered auditorium. In addition there are 4 breakaway rooms (3 sea- facing) accommodating from 30 to 150 delegates. The auditorium is designed in such a way and can be sectioned off to comfortably accommodate from 200 delegates.
A recently upgraded sound desk, multi-media and lighting facilities makes the acoustics and visuals state of the art, while the 6 m² high ceiling makes it ideal for road shows and the likes.
Catering is supplied if needed and menus can be designed to accommodate users’ needs.
MRC Conference Centre and Event Management
Located in the Parow Valley, the MRC Conference Centre offers eight venues, with the majority of them able to be configured in various styles. They can host up to 200 people at a time.
A business centre is available, while equipment that can be supplied by pre- arrangement includes an overhead projector, a screen, whiteboard and pens, flipchart and pens, and a data projector. Other specialised services can be organised.
The MRC Conference Centre also offers a nice variety of menus, including for breakfast, lunch, cocktails, and platters, all strictly halaal.
Mount Nelson Hotel
A Cape Town landmark, the Mount Nelson Hotel is one of the world’s finest hotels. Located only 19 kilometres from Cape Town International Airport, it has, for almost a century, hosted royalty, international and local politicians, celebrities and businessmen. The rooms, the restaurants and the service all reflect this, but then again so does the price.
However, if it’s an impressive conference venue you are after then the Mount Nelson certainly provides it.
The stunning property is within easy reach of many of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions, and houses 168 rooms and 58 suites.
Conferences can be arranged down to the finest detail with the banqueting managers, and the equipment includes video-link facilities.
The food is excellent and any dietary, religious or health requirements can be catered for.
The Pavilion Conference Centre
Located on the world famous Cape Town Waterfront, The Pavilion Conference Centre provides a conference venue with spectacular views, and it is only five minutes from the city centre and 20 minutes from the Cape Town International Airport. Many top hotels can be found within walking distance.
The centre has five meetings rooms and is able to host up to 500 delegates at a cocktail party or small corporate meetings of only 10 people. The auditorium is able to accommodate 300 people.
All venues feature natural light, and Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront provide wonderful views. There is also a Business Centre which allows for the use of the Internet, e-mails, and other office services, including video-conferencing.
Audio-visual equipment is state-of-the-art, and standard conference packages include a TV monitor, a PA system, a laser pointer, a flip chart with pads and pens, an overhead projector, a standing microphone and white board.
There is a wide choice of mouth-watering menus available, and special requirements are catered for. Sit-down dinners, and product launches are also hosted by The Pavilion Conference Centre.
The River Club
The River Club offers a wide variety of choices for golf and conferences, including a mashie course, a driving range, and professional instructors.
There are nine conference venues on offer, able to host from 12 to 350 delegates. Catering is done by a team of professional chefs from Constantiaberg Catering and various menus are available, from breakfast through to dinner.
The venues serve many purposes, including for gala dinners, banquets, cocktail parties, year-end functions, weddings, 12st birthday parties, corporate launches, team-building events, music events, private parties, auctions, exhibitions, seminars, and training.
The Sport Science Institute of South Africa
The Sport Science Institute of South Africa’s Conference Centre, located alongside the Newlands cricket and rugby stadiums, features a spacious auditorium, capable of hosting up to 200 guests. The conference venue comes with data video projector, motorised projection screen, magnetic whiteboards, flip charts, laptop computer, link up for three computers, loudspeaker system and lapel and handheld microphones.
There are 2 additional breakaway rooms – ideal for board meetings, client briefings, product launches and promotions – able to accommodate from five to 30 people.
Delicious breakfasts, teatime treats, lunches, snacks, dinners or cocktail snacks are available, while menus can be customised for those with specific needs – be they vegetarian, Halaal or any other dietary requirements.
The mission statement of the SSISA is to improve the health and wellness of all South Africans, so all Conference Centre delegates are entitled to a complimentary pass to the SSISA Fitness and Wellness Centre.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Town’s V and A Waterfront offers a wonderful setting for functions and conferences and there is a good variety of venues to cater to any needs.
The facilities are excellent, the buildings attractive, and the location is central, near to both the central business district and the airport.
Besides the conferencing facilities, there is also a wide choice of accommodation available, as well as entertainment, dining and shopping. Tours can easily be organised from the V and A Waterfront too.
It is a premier and attractive conference venue in a city renowned for its beauty.
Only a 20-minute drive from the Cape Town International Airport, The Vineyard Hotel is located in Newlands, home to the famous rugby and cricket stadiums of the same name.
The conference centre boasts ample free parking, natural light in all rooms and a wonderful tranquil setting.
There are two floors, both able to host up to 280 people depending on the layout.
The menus on offer are mouth-watering and vegetarians can also be catered for.
- For the rest of the province, see: Western Cape venues
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