Conferencing on the East Rand

August 6, 2018, Author: Candice May

Move over, Sandton – the East Rand is quickly emerging as one of the city’s conferencing hubs. 

Joburg is one of the trendiest conferencing cities in the world with its hustle and bustle paired with its truly international character. But the focus is moving beyond Sandton as the East Rand gains traction with many value-for-money business-savvy hotels that make it their top priority to get the job done and provide a successful stay. 

Why the East Rand?

Most hotels on the East Rand offer fantastic value for money compared with those in popular conferencing suburbs like Sandton and Rosebank. 

If you’re flying in from another city, getting to your hotel will be quick and easy because it will be close to the airport. 

No matter where on the East Rand you are, you’ll always be just a stone’s throw away from a shopping centre or mall, which is ideal if you need to do some shopping between or after conference sessions. 

Some suburbs on the East Rand offer peace and serenity, letting you escape from the busy city – something most business travellers will appreciate! 


Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre 

Whether it’s just for the night or an extended work-related trip, Birchwood Hotel will ensure that your jam-packed schedule of breakfast meetings and client benefits are taken care of. A standalone space just 7km from OR Tambo International Airport, it merges 30 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and boasts 450 hotel rooms and 40 conference rooms with contemporary flair. The complimentary round-trip shuttle services from the airport and East Rand Mall, as well as the in-house car hire company, make commuting a breeze. Busy travellers can also take advantage of the in-house restaurants, no-cost business lounge, and washing and dry-cleaning facilities. 

14 View Point Road, Bardene, Boksburg 

011 897 0000 


InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo 

It’s no secret the InterContinental is synonymous with upscale accommodation and conference facilities. But business travellers at this property – that’s only a short walk away from the arrival halls of the airport – will also appreciate stylish meeting rooms, an indoor heated swimming pool and a uniquely African dining experience at the hotel’s Quills Restaurant as well as easy access to the Gautrain and abundant car hire and taxi services. But since it’s still an InterContinental, there is no shortage of luxe amenities – the decadent marble baths, fluffy bathrobes and Camelot Spa treatments know exactly how to help you clock out, in more ways than one! 

 1 OR Tambo International Airport, Kempton Park 

011 961 5400 


aha Kopanong Hotel & Conference Centre 

Smack dab in the centre of Benoni on a calm, well-maintained country estate, aha Kopanong Hotel is your go-to no muss, no fuss business hotel. Efficiency and convenience is the name of the game – the rooms are casual but more than adequate with flat panel TVs and limestone bathrooms, and the conference centre features 20 venues ranging from a space with theatre-style seating to smaller executive boardrooms. The futuristic and Wi-Fi equipped lobby provides ample working space, while the outdoor area is perfect for throwing a few drinks back with clients or indulging in some much-needed R&R.  

243 Glen Glory Road, Norton’s Home Estates, Benoni 

011 749 0000 


Destiny Hotel & Convention Centre by BON Hotels 

BON Hotels knows that work and no play just isn’t the Joburg way, which is why this tasteful hotel seamlessly blends both. Upon walking in, you just feel the need to close a deal. The exceptional African-inspired décor that permeates throughout the entire lobby may have something to do with it. There’s also the swanky Destiny Restaurant that offers sumptuous home cooked-style cuisine with a premium selection of award-winning wines to match. Or perhaps it’s the privacy and luxury of the VIP boardrooms at The Ekurhuleni International Conference Centre that really clinches it. 

3rd Avenue, Bredell AH, Kempton Park 

011 100 4436

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Candice, our Digital Editor, is a coffee-drinking, fashion-obsessed lover of anything and everything lifestyle related. She’s also a self-confessed foodie, champagne enthusiast and devoted bargain hunter.

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