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South Africa To Step Up On Tourism

Complicated visa processes, restrictive air routes, administrative messes and animal poaching are just some of the things that are limiting tourism in South Africa, according to African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who attended a recent tourism industry indaba in Durban. The Indaba 2014 Tourism and Travel Festival is the largest of its kind ever to be held in Africa, and was attended by over 3,000 people and more than 400 exhibitors from all over the world, including other African countries such as Angola, Benin, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Reunion Island, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Speaking on what would be required from the country to gain a greater share in the international tourism market, Dlamini-Zuma said that “We must work on a simplified visa and joint visas…this will also enable tourists to land ...

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Rainbow Nation Weddings

South Africa has long prided itself on being a country that has overcome prejudices to welcome diverse races and religions, all under our signature sunny skies. Now, for the first time, Muslim weddings occurring in South Africa will be recognised by the state. On a historical level, these marriages will now be recorded on the National Population Register, ensuring that they receive legal status and recognition they deserve, and officers will be expected to register all marriages they officiate at in a single process. On a practical level, it now means that Muslim couples only need to have one wedding for their union to be recognized, and that the process of wedding planning, stressful for any bride, can now become that much easier.  With a dedicated wedding specialist available at the Birchwood Hotel, you can be sure that your special day will become even less complicated, as every step, from getting quotations to cutting the cake, is managed carefully. Suitable for any type of ceremony or bride, the ...

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Choosing A Conference and Accommodation Venue In Johannesburg

If you are looking for a premier hotel, conference centre or accommodation provider in Johannesburg, there is no need to look further than the Birchwood Hotel. With close to 2 decades of experience in hospitality, the Birchwood Hotel is more than equipped to meet your needs. Located near Johannesburg’s O.R Tambo International Airport, the Birchwood hotel is uniquely poised to act as a conference centre, as well as provide accommodation and meeting rooms to a wide variety of local and international clients. With 665 accommodation rooms and 60 on site venues (ranging from smaller conference meeting rooms to larger conference centres) as well as 3 restaurants, the Birchwood hotel is capable of hosting anywhere from 2 to 2000 delegates.   The Birchwood is also able to provide additional hotel conference leisure facilities such as an in-house bar, spa, gym, pool and squash court. The Birchwood Full Day Conference Package includes tea\coffee on arrival, a morning/afternoon refreshment break as well ...

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The Oude Meester Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening

When it comes to live entertainment, the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre is the place to be. A luxury Hotel and stunning conference centre; it offers the best of both worlds. The Birchwood Hotel is known for its entertainment segments, the monthly Oude Meester Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening is an event that gets better with time. The Jazz Evening is like no other, featuring only the most talented SA artists accompanied by comedy, it’s an event that leaves many shouting “we want more!” This month’s Jazz evening is themed Gospel according to Jazz. Easter is more than a holiday; it’s a celebration of the life of Christ and the selfless sacrifice he made for us. This year, the Birchwood Hotel getting is the spirit of Easter offering a unique and special Jazz evening. The event will be full of entertainment, award-winning veteran Tshepo Tshola is no stranger to the stage. Known for his electric talent, Tshola has graced a number of world stages. Over the year ...

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Cross The Line At The Birchwood Half Marathon

  Are you a fit and fast runner? With double the prize money up for grabs for any contestant who breaks the race record, taking the number one spot has never been sweater. The #CrosstheLine race is taking place on Sunday the 13th of April 2014. The different races consist of the 21km, 10km and 5km races. The first 1000 21.1km and 10km Pre-entries will receive a Quality Tog Bag and Sports Water Bottle. The venue is the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre. Free entry for Great Grandmaster (70 years+) and blind runners!    Distance & Entry Fee • 21km – R79.80 • 10km – R 57  • 5km – R36  • 21km Temp License R26  • 10km Tem License R21   Start Time  • 21km – 06h30 • 10km – 06h30 • 5km – 07h00   Benefits of running a marathon   • A marathon demands respect – the psychological demands are extreme; they require one to plan their preparation i ...

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Oude Meester Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening

The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre is home to lovers of fine dining, luxurious accommodation and entertainment. The Hotel together with Oude Meester will host its monthly jazz event on the 14th of March featuring only the best talents. The Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening is an event that celebrates the love for music and comedy. As an entertainment and business venue, the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre never disappoints. This year’s line-up is a mixture of young and old showcasing amazing talent. The combination of various artists is a reflection of our musical gifts and growth in the South African music industry. The sultry singing song bird, Nia Pearl will be the opening act. She’s no stranger to the world of music having graced the stage at the Soweto Hotel’s monthly Sensational Sundays last year. Following act will be the dazzling Afro’traction who will serenade the audience with an amazing set. Afro’traction is well known for hits ...

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Celebrate The Month Of Love At Birchwood Hotel

Two things complete a romantic getaway, the destination and accommodation. A destination seldom disappoints, at times it completes the holiday. The same could be said about accommodation, a comfortable stay lingers in one’s memory for a lifetime. Romantic getaways mean being whisked away with your soul mate. At times we all wish to go on an unforgettable holiday with our loved ones. Whether your getaway is a weekend or a week, accommodation must be of the finest quality. One hotel which continues to surpass expectation is the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre. What makes this hotel ideal is its location, situated only 7 kilometers from OR Tambo International; travelling to and from the airport is a simple exercise thanks to a complimentary shuttle. With 15 years of success in hospitality, The Birchwood Hotel offers guests that much needed personal touch. The hotel’s trained and experienced staff prides itself in offering only the best service for all its guests. Couples can enjo ...

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Hotel Safety Tips

Safety is the last thing most people think about when staying at a Johannesburg hotel. In fact, safety is the last thing anyone considers because we all believe that the hotel is safe and secure. However, a number of things can happen some of which are unavoidable. Fires, break-ins and terrorist attacks are just some of the things that could happen. Our advice is that you need to take a few precautions to protect you against the most common risks such as a burglary. We list the top hotel safety tips Before your Stay ·     Before making your booking, start by doing your homework. Take a closer look at the security situation in the city or nearby towns you’ll be visiting. Does the area have a high crime rate? Are the neighborhoods or towns secure and safe? Also, look at the location of the hotel. Is the hotel situated in an upscale residential neighborhood, busy district or commercial area? Is there a nearby police station? These are factors which must be looked at very closely and c ...

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Eating Well And Staying Active While Traveling

When people are traveling, they seldom think about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy food is the last thing on their minds. A number of people end up eating greasy fast food and some stop their usual exercise routine. Staying active is very important and a number of hotels offer facilities such as gyms and spas. Losing weight might not be possible; however, maintaining your weight is possible especially if you’re on a diet. You can eat healthy and stay active no matter what kind of trip you’re taking. On the Plane ·     International flights are long, however, just because you’re stuck on a plane for hours does not mean you have to eat unhealthy meat and starchy sides the airlines call food. If you’re looking at bringing your own food, think about snaking on healthy food. This includes bananas, apples, nuts, carrots and celery sticks. Include energy bars. Most airlines provide bottled water and provide healthy sandwiches. Also, most menus are more healt ...

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For a great lunch or after conference drink, Hi-Flyerz Aviation Bar is ideal.

Enjoy an ice-cold drink as you watch the planes land at OR Tambo International Airport while listening to their live communication from the cockpit. Adding to this, you can marvel at the real Boeing Cockpit in the bar! For the night owls, downstairs is a great nightclub where you can party until the sun comes up.

Call (011) 897-0106 for more information.

Unlimited Events (UE) is the appointed on-site function company that specializes in themed functions & events. In the function decor industry, quality is a deciding factor when determining the success of any function. Unlimited Events decor prides itself on not only exceptional high quality, but consistency as well. Being passionate about making your vision possible, each member of the team at Unlimited Events Decor is aware of the latest trends and developments within the industry. With a comprehensive supply of linen, backdrops and much more, Unlimited Events Decor is the only call you need to make when it comes to fulfilling their clients function decor needs.

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