Countryside conferences for inspiration and productivity

Golden Valley
Golden Valley

In today’s modern times there are many advantages to video conferencing; cost and convenience being the top two. However, video conferencing cannot match the level interaction and collaboration that comes with meeting off-site, face to face.

According to Elizma Fourie, the banqueting manager at Golden Valley, even in the video conferencing age, the number of conferences hosted at Golden Valley’s conference centre has increased dramatically. Most of the bookings are for Cape Town-based companies that want to harness the benefits of an off-site breakaway session, without travelling too far. “While companies are increasingly realizing the benefits of hosting meetings online or video conferencing platforms, when it comes to conferencing, nothing can match physically being in the same room with other delegates.

“There is tremendous value in taking employees or stakeholders off-site for a conference, and interacting in person. It promotes a level of focus, productivity, concentration and purpose that are often lacking in video conferencing scenarios,” she says.  “Interestingly,” she adds, “a lot of our conferences are half day. The relatively close proximity of Golden Valley to Cape Town makes it feasible for companies to host breakaway sessions in a serene countryside setting without requiring hotel accommodation for delegates.”

Just an hour away from Cape Town, the Golden Valley Casino and Lodge is a superlative leisure and entertainment destination, offering warm yet sophisticated countryside hospitality. Nestled in the picturesque Breede River Valley in Worcester and surrounded by natural fynbos, Golden Valley promises privacy, friendly, professional service; access to accommodation; a quality restaurant; excellent conferencing facilities; a spa, and a casino in an idyllic setting.

At Golden Valley, companies have access to a one-stop function and events solution. Everything from catering, staff, entertainment, and audio and equipment can be arranged by a highly-capable team. The conference centre boasts five meeting rooms/conference venues which can accommodate different types and sizes of events and conferences. Small meetings from as little as eight people can be accommodated in one of our meeting rooms, while larger gathering or conferences of up to 80 people are accommodated in the ample conference venue.

Facilities and equipment available include:

  • PA system
  • Projector with connections
  • Adjustable lighting
  • Full catering facilities
  • Service staff
  • Event planning support
  • Half day packages

The standard half day conference package at Golden Valley cost R270 per person and includes coffee, tea and biscuits/rusks on arrival; mid-morning tea breakwith a choice of pastries; a two course lunch or a lunch buffet; free standing flip chart with markers; notebooks and pens for delegates; data projector and screen, and refreshments (water and mints) throughout the morning.

Full day packages
The standard full day package costs R320 per person and includes coffee, tea and biscuits / rusks on arrival; mid-morning tea break with a choice of pastries; a two course lunch or a lunch buffet; free standing flip chart with markers; notebooks and pens for delegates; data projector and screen; afternoon tea break, and refreshments (water and mints) throughout the day.