Meetings in Namibia are anything but typical. Whether planning conferences, summits, seminars or conventions, the country has the ability and infrastructure to suit any requirement and is quickly becoming popular for its wilderness based incentives. Major city centers have multiple venues that offer all-in-house services including catering, logistics, planning and equipment.
The largest conference venue in Windhoek is the Safari Court Conference Centre, which can accommodate as many as 1,000 delegates theatre-style. The Centre has a computerized sound and lighting system and humidity-controlled air-conditioning. Twelve additional boardrooms seat between 1-50 delegates.
The Windhoek Country Club & Resort offers a high-standard conference facility equipped to accommodate up to 600 people in its auditorium.
Another major mid-city conference venue in Windhoek, the NamPower Convention Centre, can accommodate up to 500 delegates in its multifunctional auditorium. The facility consists of two spacious conference venues that can be divided into two sections, three breakaway rooms, state-of-the-art Video Conferencing Bureau and a Business Centre with seven fully equipped workstations.
Other major conference facilities in and around Windhoek are available at the Hilton Hotel, Kalahari Sands Hotel & Casino, Arebussch Travel Lodge, Hotel Furstenhof, Heja Game Lodge, Roof of Africa, Hotel Thuringerhof, Midgard Country Estate, and Okahandja Country Hotel, all of which can hold more than 100 people.
The Sakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre, Hansa Hotel, Rossmund Lodge, and Hotel Pelican Bay offer conference facilities in and around the coastal cities of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. The National Marine and Research Centre in Swakopmund also has space for small conferences.
Many guest farms and most guest lodges in Namibia have small facilities for conferences, always with the added bonus of having other attractions that make them special as a venue. They are often situated in scenically beautiful surroundings, offering activities that are exciting and challenging. A novel way to conference is on the Desert Express train between Windhoek and Swakopmund, which has facilities for between 50 to120 delegates.
The country also offers a wide variety of entertainment and teambuilding activities. Tours can be customized to suit the conference needs and the natural locations will help relax the atmosphere.
The Hospitality Association of Namibia website offers more details on conference venues across the country. www.hannamibia.com