5 best conference venues in Johannesburg

Any event production company worth its salt has had to find a conference venue for some type of corporate event in Johannesburg. Finding a venue in the business capitals of Africa is not very difficult, as Johannesburg has a wealth of good venues. Most conference venues are either attached to or located near numerous accommodation options, and have in-house technical support, business centres and most of the amenities to meet your requirements.

There are many noteworthy venues in the Johannesburg region which can accommodate small medium and large-scale corporate functions; so it would be impossible to mention all the amazing venues in this article.

So again, if you feel that your venue deserves to be on this list, please feel free to reach out to us.

And like the conference venues in Pretoria, please also note that this list is in no particular order of excellence or preference:

Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec:  Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) has been operating for more than 30 years. it is known as one of, if not the largest purpose-built exhibition, conference, convention and events venue in South Africa. JEC has at least 10 venues which are scalable and can cater for all your ideal conference and eventing requirements. It has over 20 000 parking bays, a digital eventing studio and also has massive space for outdoor lifestyle events.

Thaba Eco Hotel: This eco-friendly venue which is surrounded by the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve was previously known as Thaba Ya Batswana Eco Hotel and Spa. It provides hotel rooms that have been designed to minimise environmental impact and everything that can be recycled is recycled. With regards to amenities for business events it has about 8 spaces which range from executive boardrooms, conferencing suites as well as banqueting halls, and is able to accommodate groups from 4 to 450 delegates.

The Focus Rooms: This venue which offers hybrid events solutions and conference venues is conveniently situated in the greater Sandton region, and is just 3 kms from the Gautrain station. With the infrastructure which supports hybrid events, one can accommodate delegates from any part of the world to stream in virtually to attend. It has 17 unique spaces that can accommodate at lease 800 guests;  and for delegates attending live events, there are 5-minute neck and hand massage stations for them to unwind in the foyer. 

Sandton Convention Centre (SCC): SCC is considered to be one of the most prestigious multi-purpose event and conference spaces in South Africa. It is surrounded by many hotels, so accommodation should never be a problem. There is also ample parking for guests. SCC has 4 main levels catering for conventions, exhibitions and special events. It also has facilities for the disabled. The venue can accommodate from small function for as little as 10 guests to over 4 500 guests for cocktail events. 

Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre: This new multifunction venue is located between Pretoria and Johannesburg. It not only has a unique feature of a Pit building (with 40 garages) which is used for motoring events, but it also has international standard facilities for conferencing, exhibitions, trade shows, activations and all other public and business events. This venue also has ample spaces throughout the 3 floors of this centre – including viewing decks, boardrooms, terraces and lounges – and it is also able to accommodate outdoor events. Most the conferencing venues overlook the racing circuit.