Sandton sees 7,000 room nights booked in weeks

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South Africa’s Sandton Convention Centre’s reputation as a leading venue for international business was strengthened further earlier this year with four major events that saw 7,000 room nights booked by the organisers in Sandton during April and May.

The events were Forever Living Products International’s Global Rally, from 17-22 April; the Africa & Middle East Conference of the Junior Chamber International, from 4-7 May; an ICOLD (International Commission on Large Dams) annual event, from 12-21 May; and the Arnold Classic Africa 2016 multi-sport festival and expo from 27-29 May.

Debra de Sousa, Sandton Convention Centre’s operations manager said: “We hosted these four events that were all significant in their own right over a six-week period. We’re proud that we could be of service to organisations of such high calibre, as well as contribute to tourism and the local economy with the influx of international visitors.”

The 2016 Forever Living Global Rally was a 10-day experience for the company’s top business owners from around the world. Nick Woodward-Shaw, vice president, Global Events for Forever Living Products International said: “Over 10 000 guests took part in meetings, training sessions, dinners, activities and sightseeing trips across Johannesburg and the Gauteng region. It proved to be a highly successful event with many guests describing it as the ‘best ever’!

”We used Sandton Convention Centre for a number of our training events as well the prestigious ‘Chairman’s Bonus Party’ where the company hosted over 3 000 people and rewarded about 750 business owners with bonus cheques. The location of the venue was perfect for our group and the facilities were excellent. The guests thoroughly enjoyed it and were impressed with the quality of the food and beverages.”

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