MICE

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The African MICE in­dus­try is un­der pres­sure due to a de­crease in spend, so only those play­ers who in­no­vate and stay abreast of the trends are likely to pros­per. Busi­ness Trav­eller Africa takes a look at who is do­ing what, and what some of the ma­jor MICE talk­ing points are.

Cen­tury City Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Cape Town, now open for its third year, has made waves in the South African meet­ings, con­fer­enc­ing and events in­dus­try. The venue has notched up a rep­u­ta­tion for push­ing the en­ve­lope and ex­ceed­ing ex­pec­ta­tions. Fur­ther to that, the prop­erty is lo­cated just min­utes from the city’s CBD and about 20 min­utes from Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port, and the of­fer­ing is extensive, with ca­pac­ity to ac­com­mo­date up to 1,900 del­e­gates across 20 dif­fer­ent venues (in­clud­ing four large halls and 11 meet­ing rooms), a spa­cious open-plan foyer, a ver­sa­tile 1,200m2 out­door venue, and an ad­ja­cent 125-room ho­tel.

How­ever, there's noth­ing quite like first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence. So, we chat­ted to Tam­lynne Wil­ton, Founder and Chief Ideas Of­fi­cer at idna about her ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with the venue, and asked her why she keeps go­ing back.

LO­CA­TION

The venue is cen­trally lo­cated and is within walk­ing dis­tance of a se­lec­tion of over 600 ho­tel rooms, Canal Walk Shop­ping Cen­tre and a Vir­gin Ac­tive gym.

THEY’RE NOT SCARED OF IN­TI­MACY

Big event or small, there is al­ways a per­sonal, wel­com­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

THEY HAVE GOOD TASTE

The food is amaz­ing and their som­me­lier knows just what to pour to take the edge off af­ter a hard day! (That's a skill!) Bricks and Mor­tar: the venue is dec­o­rated beau­ti­fully and is re­ally easy to use, for any­thing from gala din­ners and in­ti­mate work­shops to com­plex as­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ences and cock­tail func­tions

Peo­ple: the man­age­ment team and staff are com­mit­ted to mak­ing your vi­sion work and aren't afraid to think out of the box. The four-star ho­tel is a stone's throw away from the con­fer­ence cen­tre and it's a re­ally cool space to re­lax and un­wind af­ter a hard day's work. The su­per-fast wi-fi and the ‘work-away-from-work' set-up makes it re­ally easy to be away from the of­fice.

THEY’RE MORE THAN KEEN ON GREEN

The venue is a four-star green star-rated build­ing and em­ploys sus­tain­able prac­tices such as the use of re­cy­cled wa­ter to flush the toi­lets, taps that run off au­to­matic timers, and a so­lar en­ergy sys­tem in­stalled on the roof. A green build­ing is a happy build­ing, and our del­e­gates love the space!

It's for these rea­sons and so many more that The Green Build­ing Coun­cil of South Africa has part­nered with Cen­tury City Con­fer­ence Cen­tre & Ho­tel to host their an­nual Green Build­ing Con­ven­tion for the next two years. It's an ex­pe­ri­ence that sim­ply can't be beat.

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