The Next 48hOURS caught up with Gary Koetser and Glyn Taylor, Joint CEO’s of Cape Town’s newest conferencing destination, the Century City Conference Centre (CCCC).
The Century City Conference Centre is open for business. Why should Cape Town be excited by this new addition to its business landscape?
Cape Town Tourism is on a massive drive to market the Western Cape as a global destination for Business travel and as a result there has been a great demand for a conference facility with a capacity for up to 1200 delegates (in one venue).
The Century City Conference Centre is intended to compliment the Cape Town International Conference Centre and position the city as the prime conference city in Africa.
A further advantage is that the adjacent Hotel now increases the number of rooms in the area to six hundred in total, all within walking distance from each other.
This mixed-use development was designed with both hospitality and operations in mind, exposing Century City to a global audience and providing local businesses the advantages of the spillover effect.
The Square, which surrounds the Conference Centre and Hotel, is a calculated feature set to become the central meeting place for both residents and the people working in the precinct.
With a variety of restaurants, bistro’s and wine bars to choose from, this open-air setting serves as a great location for live concerts, markets and social gatherings.
Name a few ways in which you believe you have upped the ante in terms of what a conference venue can offer its clients.
We believe, without doubt, that we have put the needs of event organisers first. This, coupled with our incredible flexibility, offers our clients a blank canvas to treat the venue as an extension of their own brand. From car launches to fashion shows, trade conferences and product launches, the Century City Conference Centre is equipped to meet high expectations and demands including the latest technology in AV and connectivity, innovative menus, logistical solutions and a team of highly skilled individuals with a partnership approach. Every minute detail has been thought about at length, debated and implemented.
Key aspects include:
Convenient delivery access; 3m wide corridors; organiser’s offices; storage facilities; rigging points; draping rails; acoustically treated rooms; kitchen layout; separate Halaal kitchen; idea paint on the meeting room walls; personalised event Wi-Fi passwords; over one thousand parking bays; a first aid room; 3-phase power…
Since you guys were part of the design process from the ground up, what was your overarching vision right off the bat?
Every major city in the world has a Cathedral, a significant landmark for which the city is known for. We envisage Century City becoming the new commercial and hospitality hub of the Western Cape.
Tell us about personal little touches and how conference-goers will be made to feel special upon a visit
The venue itself has been designed to be functional, yet there is a warm ambience thanks to the well thought through, finer details. The walls are donned with carefully selected artwork, music plays in the background in public areas, there is a signature scent and water dispensers (available in still or sparkling, room temperature or colder) can be found throughout the venue…all features that make for the most unique and hospitable experience possible.
Executive Chef Abbas Abrahams is in charge of the kitchen at the CCCC. Tell us a bit about him and why he was your candidate for such an important function at the Centre.
It’s simple: Chef Abbas is like-minded and shares our philosophy of passion for the hospitality industry and for delivering unsurpassed service. He comes with vast experience and a willingness to mentor staff to help them grow and develop as service professionals. His willingness to sit down with each client and his ingenuity when it comes to menu creation for conferences and events really makes him a standout.
We live in a world in which interconnectivity is key. What are the network options at the Centre?
Gone are the days of cables, wires and projectors. The venue boasts one of the fastest fibre connections available at 200 Mbps, from which each conference guest can have access to up to 500MB per day as part of the conference package. Individualised Wi-Fi passwords can be created within the event or conference theme. The eleven meeting rooms each have LCD screens offering wireless access for up to five users per room for presentation purposes. There is also an on-site AV team available.
Do you have any special events planned for this launch month?
The Square, which surrounds the Conference Centre and Hotel, is a calculated feature set to become the central meeting place for both residents and the people working in the precinct. With a variety of restaurants, bistro’s and wine bars to choose from, this open-air setting serves as a great location for live concerts, markets and social gatherings, the first of which is our Valentine Under the Stars, happening on February 13 and 14. It promises to be an unforgettable evening of music and romance. The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will accompany a bevy of South African talent, including internationally recognized soprano Magdalene Minnaar, inspirational UCT Opera School graduate Lynelle Kenned, Afro-operatic pop sensations The Gugulethu Tenors, and Jonathan Roxmouth.
Win a set of VIP tickets (2) to the value of R3000 to Valentine Under the Stars on Saturday, February 13, for what promises to be an unforgettable evening of music and romance. Send your name and “CCCC – Valentine” in the subject line in an e-mail to: email@example.com before 12pm on Tuesday, February 9.