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CONFERENCES: Unique Venues Away From The Buzz


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COMPANIES seeking to get away from the urban buzz for their conferences don’t have to travel far thanks to the Zevenwacht group’s ideal locations in the Winelands and in Fish Hoek.

According to Zevenwacht managing director, Harold Johnson, the economic climate has forced many companies to review their conference and function plans as they seek greater value while nevertheless ensuring that their goals are met.

According to Johnson most companies are having to look critically at their spend on these events. “Companies are seeking to take staff and customers away from the distraction of the city but need to minimise costs by not travelling too far. At the same time they need to be comfortable in the knowledge that the venue is fitted with the best conference equipment and technology to ensure a successful conference.”

Johnson says that the Calders Hotel and Conference Centre in Fish Hoek meets all the criteria of successful conferences and functions which is why it has become attractive for both large and small functions. It offers superior accommodation for those staying overnight while its position beside Fish Hoek beach and its close proximity to the city and airport are added attractions. The recent opening of the modern and bright Baracudas restaurant by the group across the road from Calders is a welcome treat.

Johnson’s other property, Zevenwacht Wine Farm , located on the Stellenbosch Wine Route, has been the benchmark for professional conferences and functions since 1992 when the farm pioneered this business in the winelands. “Today this forms an important part of our overall operations and we are constantly monitoring the latest trends and technology applicable to conferences and functions to ensure we remain on a par with the best.”

The ability to conference in serene surroundings away from the interferences of the city at a venue which is nevertheless close to all amenities is a major advantage,” Johnson says.

Johnson says it is vital that companies use conferences and functions to communicate with staff and customers on a face to face basis. The interaction which is achieved with customers is invaluable in creating confidence in uncertain times and helps to create a favourable environment in which to do business while staff conferences serve to keep people informed of company plans and objectives. Choosing the right property on which to conference is equally important.

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