Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport, the traveller’s choice at Johannesburg’s international airport of the same name, is at the end of this month unveiling new conferencing facilities that can be used for anything from a car launch to a board meeting.

The new additions bring the hotel’s number of conference venues to 9, which can accommodate some 300 delegates.

The new facilities boast state of the art AV equipment including mounted Data Projectors, electronically-controlled drop down screens and built in PA Systems.

The conferencing facility was designed in such a way that all conference rooms have natural lighting, which can be closed off with block-out curtains.

All conference venues have variable light settings, enabling CLIENTS to customise their settings whether it is bright light for training, or toned down for intimate dinner functions.

The conference area also has large entrance bays to allow for exhibitions and car shows, and the second largest venue can be split into two separate areas, giving CLIENTS more flexibility.

The banqueting facilities have dedicated kitchens, assisting the smooth running of working breakfasts and cocktail evenings.

Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport General Manager Gawie Nel said in the hotel’s quest for sustainability, the hotel was also using a Vivreau water purification system to provide bottled water to conference delegates that reduces the hotels’ and clients’ carbon impact.

The hotel’s conferencing capacity will from the end of June comprise 7 conference rooms and 2 boardrooms, increasing the capacity from 4 conference rooms and 1 boardroom.

Protea Hospitality Group Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue, Danny Bryer, said the hotel was a much sought after conference venue because of its proximity to the airport.

“It’s used all the time by companies that fly employees to Johannesburg from other parts of the country, because they can utilise the entire day for meetings rather than stop a couple of hours early to brave traffic congestion on the airport run. It’s also a popular venue for launches for that same reason.

“The increased conferencing capacity was driven purely by the great demand for quality venues close to the airport and we have no doubt the new venues will meet and exceed our clients’ requirements,” said Bryer.