Buffalo City has recently been positioning itself as a serious contender in the national and international conferencing market. Located as it is no more than 80 minutes flight from South Africa's major cities, the city is well-located geographically to take advantage of its central and coastal location.
Having always been well-serviced in catering for groups of between 20 and 400, the city upped its game in 2009 with the opening of the world-class East London International Convention Centre (ELICC), a state-of-the-art facility that is able to host more than 2,000 delegates for conventions or trade shows.
Located a mere 15 minutes from the city's newly-refurbished airport, the ELICC boasts the unique distinction of being the first convention centre of its kind in South Africa to be located adjacent to the sea-front, with views of large pods of resident dolphins or seasonal sightings of whales being the reward on offer during periodic breaks from serious business.
An integral part of the Premier Group and abutting the well-known and popular Regent Hotel, the ELICC meets the most demanding standards set by the international conferencing industry.
For conferences of a more moderate size, delegates will not be disappointed with the other high-quality venues that continue to be available both in East London and further afield. The Kat Leisure Group has recently upgraded both the Osner and Kennaway Hotels, which are both able to offer professional conference and banqueting services to groups of up to 400 in a sea-front setting.
Overlooking the spectacular Nahoon River and an unrivalled location for a relaxing sundowner after a hard day's work, the Blue Lagoon Hotel and Conference Centre offers competitive conference packages and a variety of accommodation options. And when you've had enough of serious talking, a two-minute stroll to the beach and some quality personal time may help to clear the head.
Conference-goers are warmly invited to come early and leave late, and a spouse or partner who may also be visiting will find a lot to do. Our natural coastal environment is quite unique, from the relaxed mood of the Sunshine Coast to the west, to the awesome cliffs of Morgan Bay in the east. Mpongo or Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserves (both of which also cater for conferencing) are close to the city for a wildlife experience to remember, while the misty mysteries of Hogsback are within reach of a day-trip.
The popular East London Golf Course is kept in excellent condition, while a clear view of the ocean is available from every fairway of the equally splendid West Bank course. Further afield, the Stutterheim Country Club or the beautiful Fish River Sun course are well within striking distance. And for a working lunch or relaxing evening meal, a number of excellent and easily accessible restaurants will provide a memorable gastronomic experience.