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TOURISM IN JOHANNESBURG
Business Tourism In
Johannesburg: The City of Gold
The discovery of gold in what is now known as the city of
Johannesburg sparked off one of the fastest South African urban
developments. Johannesburg or the 'city of gold' as it is fondly
referred to, is one of the most diverse areas in South Africa. It is
South Africa’s premier business destination and is as rich as the
cultures and heritages made up by its 5 million inhabitants.
South Africa’s business hub
South Africa’s premier business destination, Johannesburg, is the
most powerful commercial centre on the African continent. 74% of
South African companies’ headquarters are located in this business
hub. It is also home to the Johannesburg Securities Exchange, the
biggest stock exchange in Africa and the 16th biggest in the world.
Though Johannesburg has financial, municipal, transport and
telecommunications infrastructure that rival leading first world
cities the cost of living is so much lower, making it the ideal
location for business tourism.
Johannesburg has become the premier destination for domestic and
international business tourists. 36% of domestic and 32% of
international tourists to Johannesburg come solely for business
purposes. It makes financial sense for international business
travellers to come to Johannesburg as it will cost two to three
times less than when travelling to London, New York or Paris for the
same purpose. Johannesburg has become a magnet for international
conventions such as the ‘World Summit on Sustainable Development’.
It is the cities world class venues, such as the Sandton Convention
Centre, and infrastructure that have enabled it to become a much
sought after destination for international business tourists.
Johannesburg international Airport
The busiest and most business friendly airport in Africa is located
in Johannesburg. The Johannesburg international airport accommodates
approximately 13 million passengers a year and about 1.2 million of
these are business travellers. The airport is located approximately
30 minutes away from Johannesburg’s business. There are various car
rental companies that operate from the airport and there are a
variety of taxi services that can take business tourists to their
There is no shortage of accommodation in Johannesburg and its
surrounding areas. Whilst some business tourists like to stay in the
business hub itself, others prefer to stay at the hotels a short
drive away where they can have the feeling that they are also on
holiday. There is a huge amount of variety when it comes to
accommodation in Johannesburg and business travellers will always
find the perfect location to suite all of their needs. Many of the
hotels offer conference facilities which companies can hire, making
the commute from hotel room to boardroom that much more seemless.
Many businesses chose to hold their conferences in hotels such as
this as it is more practical for the company. The hotel will usually
set up the room, provide the technological assistance and the
Tourist attractions in the surrounding areas
Whilst on business to Johannesburg most travellers try and fit in
some time to see the very worthwhile tourist attractions in the
area. There are a multitude of museums, parks, botanical gardens and
historical sites in and around Johannesburg. The casinos in and
around the area provide fun-filled evenings after a long days work.
There are a variety of fantastic golf courses in the area as well,
some of which are world ranked and often frequented by business
tourists. Travelling around Johannesburg taking in the sights and
sounds of its different suburbs, sampling local as well as
international cuisine and the impressive nightlife are but a few of
the things to do whilst on business in this cosmopolitan city.
For those who want to explore Johannesburg on a grater scale a 50
minute drive will take them straight to the ‘Cradle of Humankind’. A
world heritage site consisting of over 200 caves in which 13 fossil
sites have been found, the oldest of which is an estimated 2, 5
million years old.
The Hartebeespoort dam located not too far out of the business hub
is an excellent venue for water sports such as boating, fishing and
water skiing. There is also a snake park, fresh-water aquarium and a
2 km cableway taking visitors to a viewing site on the Magaliesberg.
Johannesburg, South Africa’s major business destination is home to
world class venues and infrastructure. There is so much to do and
see in this city of gold that business tourists are afforded the
opportunity of being leisure tourists as well.
the Author: The Fabz Estate luxury hotel
http://www.fabz.co.za is located in the suburb of Lonehill which
is extremely close to the Sandton business district in Johannesburg.
The hotel is geared towards business travellers and is equipped with
the infrastructure to meet their needs whilst offering them
hospitality, tranquillity and luxury.
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