The Best Johannesburg Conference Centres

Johannesburg has many top-class conference venues. Amongst the Top Four are:
  • Expo Centre, located in the midst of mine dumps and headgear and the world's richest mine south-west of the city centre.
  • Gallagher Estate, a peaceful country estate midway between Johannesburg and Pretoria.
  • Sandton Convention Centre, next door to Africa's top-class shopping and business centre.
  • The Dome, which is the fourth largest domed structure in the world.

Sandton Convention Centre

The impressive Sandton Convention Centre is in the northern suburb of Sandton, close to many excellent hotels that include full business facilities. The centre was chosen as the venue for the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

The nearby Sandton City and Sandton Square shopping malls are considered the best in Africa, and include banks, travel agencies, shops and restaurants. The suburb also hosts a range of interesting entertainment, great restaurants and is the headquarters of many of the city's top businesses.

Although in the middle of a busy business area, parking is not a problem at the Convention Centre - 2 sizeable parking arcades are home to 10 600 bays. Getting there is also easy - Sandton can be approached from a number of different directions on major arterial roads and the route to the suburb is well signposted.

The Convention Centre itself is used for conventions, exhibitions and special events and it caters for the disabled. The Sandton Convention Centre is flanked by most of Johannesburg luxury hotels. All these luxury hotels provide a full range of modern hotel facilities and accommodation.

The convention level accommodates 3 500 people and the seating configurations are flexible. For large conferences, concerts and sports or special events over 4 000 people can be accommodated in a multipurpose pavilion. There are 2 exhibition areas of over 5 500 square metres each, together with 15 meeting rooms.

Upcoming events in the next few months are wide-ranging: from a Satcom conference, bringing the best satellite communication minds to Africa; a Reed Exhibition; a Travel Expo; an International Franchise Exhibition to the Weddings Glamour and Beauty Expo and the Computer Faire.

Gallagher Estate

If you want to get away from the hurly-burly and meet in the country, Gallagher Estate in Midrand is the place. Midway between Johannesburg and Pretoria, it is perfectly situated to host conference delegates from both cities. It can be approached from a number of different routes and major highways and airports are easily accessed.
Completely flexible, with an integrated environment, state of the art technology and an inspiring natural background, this world-class venue transforms any conference function, or exhibition into a truly memorable experience. There are 19 multi-functional venues and secure parking for 5 000 vehicles, all overseen by tight security. A selection of luxury hotels can be found in and around the Gallagher Estate.Gallagher Estate is capable of hosting up to 8 000 convention delegates. Among the major venues is the Estate Centre, home to the Auditorium and the Ballroom. The Auditorium provides raked seating for up to 414 people, while the auditorium can accommodate 500 people for a dinner-dance or 1 500 people for a seated convention.Inspiring sun-streaked woodland and water views can be enjoyed from various rooms whilst you attend a conference or function at Gallagher Estate. The Gallagher Centre offers well-appointed conference rooms and self-contained executive boardrooms. There areĀ 5 large exhibition halls for exhibitions, concerts and trade shows, as well as other smaller areas.When you organise an exhibition or trade show, it is important to know that the venue and staff have the capacity to assist you in both the planning and implementation stages. Over the past few years, Gallagher Estate has become synonymous with hosting successful national and international exhibitions.

The Coca Cola Dome

The Coca Cola Dome at Northgate is an impressive structure and can be seen protruding over Johannesburg's koppies way before you get near it. It occupies some 30 000 square metres of space. The spacious main arena is ideal for exhibitions, concerts, large conferences and other special events.

It accommodates up to 16 000 people. A number of smaller areas can host smaller groups. In addition to the smaller rooms there is also an open-air amphitheatre located alongside the main arena that can host 500 people.

t is easy to access The Dome from a number of major roads. It is located about 35 minutes' drive from the Johannesburg International Airport and 15 minutes from Lanseria Airport. There is an excellent choice of accommodation nearby, ranging from hotels to guesthouses and bed and breakfast establishments.

The main arena is large at 10 500 square metres, while the mezzanine level offers 2 500 square metres and accommodates up to 2 400 people. Parking for conferences is no problem with bays for over 9 000 vehicles.

The Dome is a popular venue, so be sure to book way in advance. In the past it has played host to stars and big shows including Diana Ross, Simply Red, Bryan Adams, Westlife, Savage Garden, Live, Lord of the Dance, UB40 and David Copperfield.

The Main Arena can accommodate an impressive 20 000 people. It has ample parking available for up to 25 000 vehicles and security is provided. Among the venues is the Black Eagle, which can be easily divided into 3 sections. The Bateleur is slightly larger and easily divides into two. It can seat 1 000 delegates cinema-style. It is within easy reach of restaurants and fast food outlets.

MTN Expo Centre, Nasrec

Situated southwest of Johannesburg, near to the Gold Reef City Casino, Gold Reef City historical village, and Apartheid Museum, is the MTN Expo Centre. The exhibition facilities are massive, offering 42 000 square metres of space. The Centre is self-sufficient with its own banking and postal facilities, and telecommunication services.The purpose designed conference centres are sophisticated complexes, including provision for parallel conference sessions, breakaway rooms, registration and refreshment areas, catering facilities, audio-visual equipment and technical assistance. These facilities cater for a magnitude of people under a professional security network operating 24 hours a day.

The exhibition halls are equipped with sophisticated facilities and are most suitable for larger functions, banquets and product launches and concurrently provide easy access for the physically disabled.

The Expo Centre hosts a number of huge events annually, including the largest consumer exhibition in the southern hemisphere, the Rand Show. Other big shows include Africa Telecom, Auto Africa, Plastex and Electra Mining.

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