the top two western cape conference venues under on brand

The Western Cape is a domestic and international business and leisure tourism magnet because it is a region of majestic mountains, gorgeous sunset-hued vineyards, myriad sandy beaches and it offers some of the best whale-watching on the planet. It is a place of legendary hospitality and after a vote of 45 million travellers it is also home to TripAdvisor’s 2011 best global destination, Cape Town. Add to the mix world-class hotels and conferencing facilities, and the region easily claims the MICE crown of South Africa.

The African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Convention Centre is a superior deluxe executive hotel and the cities second-largest conference and convention venue, after the CTICC. It is situated in the lifestyle and entertainment precinct of Century City and is adjacent to the largest shopping centre in South Africa, Canal Walk. It has four large and technologically superior conference venues that can accommodate up to 420 delegates, as well as eight elegant boardrooms. The African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Convention Centre is also home to South Africa’s only Conferencing Butlers, one of which is assigned to each boardroom and meeting room.

“The African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Convention Centre, which is little more than 18 months old, has already become the premier conference and convention hotel in the Western Cape. Booking patterns show that we are slowly emerging from the economic downturn; companies are prepared to pay for quality conference venues and bespoke experiences,” said Nicholas Barenblatt, Protea Hospitality Group Marketing and Advertising Manager.

The Arabella Hotel & Spa, also managed by African Pride Hotels, is the deluxe country side equivalent of the African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Convention Centre. Situated on the breath-taking Arabella Golf Estate and surrounded by the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. It is a 50m walk from the hotel to the 1st tee of the Championship Peter Matkovich course, making the hotel a paradise for both meetings and relaxation after the work is done.

The Kogelberg Centre/Ballroom, which can accommodate 400 people cinema-style, provides spectacular views over the golf course and the pristine Bot River lagoon. With state-of-the-art audio visual equipment and wifi connectivity, the venue is equally appropriate for a product launch, social event or conference. It can be divided into three spaces with acoustically cushioned, retractable panels. The hotel’s International Conference and Business Centre comprises five boardrooms equipped with LCD projectors, television and sound equipment. All equipment is ready to "plug-and-play". Facilities include full administrative and secretarial services; facsimile, colour-photocopier, travel desk and two Internet workstations.

The Arabella Hotel & Spa is just over an hour's drive from Cape Town and on the outskirts of Hermanus, South Africa’s whale-watching capital. Southern Right whales spend approximately six months of the year on the southern African coast (May to November) and Hermanus is arguably the world’s best land-based whale watching location. The area is also famous for Great White Shark cage diving.

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