HIT THE RAILS
For small group incentives or executive breakaways, the luxury rail operators of southern Africa offer exclusive and elegant incentive and meetings opportunities. South Africa’s Rovos Rail and Blue Train are the dominant players – Rovos offers a wider variety of itineraries and excursions, while the Blue Train focuses on its Cape Town-Pretoria journeys.
Flexibility, luxury and exclusivity. If you charter the entire train, bespoke itineraries can be created on demand, and meeting space can be arranged with advance notice.
Cost. The tours aren’t cheap, and are best suited for a small group of high-flying incentive partners or boardroom executives. However, the all-inclusive fares mean you get good value for money.
New kid on the block
The Century City Conference Centre & Hotel now open, just 10 minutes from Cape Town’s central business district.
The CCCC conference center has a total capacity of 1,900 guests in 20 venues, including 12 meeting rooms and a business lounge. It also offers 125-room hotel, part of a R1billion ($806 million) mixeduse development in the Bridgeways area.
The development was undertaken in response to soaring demand for conferencing and hotels in the burgeoning area, and had been designed to complement Cape Town and Century City’s existing facilities, says Greg Deans, a director of Rabie Property Group, who joined the developers in 2004.
“Not only will it fill a gap in the market, but we believe it will help cement Cape Town’s established attractiveness as a conference destination.”
The Century City Conference Centre, he said, would offer flexible configurations and a total of 20 different venues
Three adjoining halls will have a total capacity of more than 900 attendees cinema-style, with a fourth hall able to accommodate a further 480 cinema-style. The multi-function venues will also be available for banqueting and exhibitions, while a large preassembly area will be available for exhibitions, product launches and so forth.
The first floor meeting rooms will be able to accommodate at least 200 in various seating arrangements.
Deans said CCCC, in partnership with Century City Connect, Century City’s open access fiber optic network, will offer attendees and guests world-class fiber optic and wireless connectivity.
He said the wireless network would be built around an open access model, which means that each guest will be able to select which ISP services they would like to make use of.
“Alternatively an event organizer can choose to partner with a specific ISP for the duration of a conference,”said Deans.
Deans said over and above the Century City Conference Centre and hotel, the mixed-use development will include offices, showrooms, residential apartments and service retail, as well as a five-level parking garage with direct access to the CCCC. The entire development will be set over a super parking basement which, together with the structured parking, will provide space for a total of 1,300 parking bays. BT