KWAZULU NATAL CONFERENCES, DURBAN CONFERENCE VENUE, ICC DURBAN
|Durban is perfectly poised along the east coast of South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal and his home to the captivating and sought-after Durban International Convention Centre . This province is the exotic kingdom of the Zulu nation ... a natural paradise featuring two world heritage sites... the majestic Drakensberg mountains and the St Lucia wetlands. Amongst the energetic metropolis the ICC Durban is a functional space in an artistic setting.
Centrally located and just a 20 minute drive from the airport, ICC Durban is moments away from hotels and beaches. Palm trees fashion an alluring avenue while at the entrance to the centre a trio of baobabs, Africa's tree giants, tender a regal salutation The building is fully air-conditioned and can accommodate 5,000 delegates. The ICC has been voted Africa's Leading Conference Centre for five consecutive years by World Travel Awards
Durban - Africa's leading conference destination - is a vibrant conurbation where a mélange of local cultures - African, Asian and European - is echoed in a montage of architectural designs, a melting pot of traditions and colourful cuisine. Its privileged location on the Eastern coastline makes it South Africa's only destination offering temperate winters and sultry summers -320 sunny days a year. It is an evident choice for conference planners, tourists and sports enthusiasts, since this is the city that sizzles and where the sun never sets.
|Durban is the country's only city with its own City Metro Police in addition to the national police force. Security is enhanced by sophisticated technology, including surveillance cameras for incident-free events. A sophisticated road network serves Durban and transport is fast and reliable.
The ICC Durban is a purpose-built, fully air-conditioned centre with three convention halls that are interlinked but separate. Moveable walls allow for a number of different venue configurations. Alternatively the halls can be opened up to form one large venue with seating for 5000 delegates or 7000m squared of column free floor space. Together with its sister venue, the Durban Exhibition Centre, the ICC can double its capacity to accommodate 10 000 conference delegates. The centres can function independently or as two halves of one whole. This is achieved by closing Walnut Road, a brick-paved concourse between the two centres, to provide easy access for delegates.
All public areas and the immediate environs of ICC are WiFi zones. Visitors with laptop computers and PDA's can surf the Internet in a secure wireless environment whilst taking a break at the coffee shop, enjoying refreshments in the outdoor courtyards or meeting with clients and colleagues in the concourse or foyer.
Quality accommodation is available throughout the city and surrounding areas. From luxurious five-star establishments to comfortable guest houses and affordable self-catering apartments, a wide variety is available to suit personal preference and pocket.
Visitors come to Durban for one reason, but stay for a hundred. The ICC is located in Durban's business district and is one of the most advanced conference facilities in the world. Flexibility and versatility are key factors in the design of this state-of-the-art technology-driven centre. Expediently situated and highly accessible, Durban is less than an hour's flying time from Johannesburg and once you arrive, everything you need is within easy reach. Delegates and accompanying persons are spoilt for choice.
The Centre's main foyer provides a grand entrance and reception area for visitors. Sunbeams and clear blue sky filter through the foyer's striking floor to ceiling glass façade while tinges of gold, sand, coal and red clay - the effort of brilliant resident artists - provide the perfect backdrop for the spacious registration, assembly and relaxation area.
The ICC Durban offers the following services:
One of the ICC's unique features in Hall 1 is the 1800 raked-seating system in the plenary hall which can be lifted into the ceiling, leaving flat floor space below. This venue is divisible into two separate venues of 925m² each for flat floor configuration. Double operable walls separating Halls 1, 2 and 3 can be moved to create a venue which seats up to 5000 delegates. Halls 1 through 5 all sub-divisible providing in 20 smaller venues of varying capacities. The ICC also caters for physically challenged delegates. Smaller venues and meeting rooms, suitable for groups from as few as five to as many as 400, are conveniently situated on the ground and first floor levels. Aside from their suitability for smaller conferences and seminars, these venues are useful for breakaway sessions, presentations, functions and cocktail parties. Additional venues include: up to 23 Meeting Rooms ranging from 43m² to 396m² situated on levels 2 and 3, three Hospitality Suites and Press Rooms. Halls 1, 2 and 3 are column-free. All or any part of them can be used for exhibition purposes and can be accessed directly from the loading area on the ground floor. Three outdoor courtyards, sheltered by landscaped surroundings, provide the perfect setting for tea breaks, functions and informal meetings.
- A Business Centre with telephone, fax, photocopy, secretarial, postal and courier services.
- Facilities for the physically challenged, in line with international standards.
- A computerised billboard display system is available for message services.
- A central kitchen and 12 satellite kitchens serve all ICC Durban venues.
- Light refreshments are available at the Baobab Café on the first floor.
- A medical doctor and First Aid service are available.
- Secure undercover parking for 1200 cars immediately below the centre.
- Three glass-fronted suites can be used for private viewing and VIP suites, broadcasting and press rooms.
- Security teams and surveillance cameras are on duty around-the-clock.
- Automatic fire detection and sprinkler systems are installed throughout the building.
- A bank (ATM - all major credit cards) and foreign exchange facility are also available in the basement foyer.
- An under floor system of service pits on a 6m x 6m grid provides electrical power and computer connection points.
- The Centre is equipped with digital PABX with full voice and ISDN connections for exhibitors and delegates.
All ICC venues are well equipped with hi-tech audio-visual equipment for quality sound, screen and stage presentations. The screens are suitable for video, slide and overhead projection. Presenters are able to control sound and visuals from computerized consoles.
In addition to the venue's versatility and facilities, conference organizers are guaranteed of high quality catering for their conference delegates. World class chefs prepare every meal on site. Warm, fresh food is assured through effective service from the ICC's 12 satellite kitchens.