In the area 1 – Shelley Points


The Shelley Point Hotel, Country Club and Spa on the Cape West Coast will be targeting the conference market to a far greater degree than they have done thus far, said Allan Burgoyne, Dale Capital's resident executive at this 90 hectare resort.

Burgoyne sees conferences contributing 25% or more of the hotel’s turnover by the middle of 2010.

This was confirmed by Martin van der Breggen, the new Queensgate Hotels manager. (Queensgate has been awarded the hotel management contract.)

"Shelley Point," said van der Breggen, “is ideal for conferencing because it is within two hours of Cape Town (which is 160km away) and yet is totally tranquil, cut off and secure. It offers golf (on an “outstanding” nine hole course), tennis, bowls, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a luxury health spa, and such extras as Spring flower excursions, whale, dolphin and bird watching and nature hikes, all a stone’s throw away. Thus far organisations that have used our facility have all been impressed with our service offering and have left Shelley Point with a “we’ll be back” statement.”

Wilma van Reenen, Shelley Point conference and events coordinator, said that conference delegates can book in for anything from one day (with lunches and teas provided) to one week. The average size of a party, she said, is 12 to 25 but the centre can take up to 55 delegates and improvements planned for completion next year will double up this figure. The enlarged conference centre, due for completion in 2010, will cater for far bigger groups.

The cost, inclusive of all meals, teas and access to all facilities (including the spa and the gymnasium and the golf course) is R1 190 per day/night for those prepared to share accommodation and R1 370 per day/night for those who have a room to themselves.

Burgoyne said that plans now being finalised will result in a second, large swimming pool being built in the private area between the existing and the new suite blocks, which will be complete in March next year, giving 88 suites in all. This, he said, will enable conference delegates and hotel guests to swim and sunbathe in a secluded area. The four star facility caters for families and has a well-equipped children’s club and centre, which is turn by trained staff.

High profile groups who have used the conference centre in the last six to nine months include Transnet, the University of Stellenbosch, SAVLT, the Medical Research Council, Sanlam, Synergy Business Intelligence and Pharma Dynamics.

“Shelley point is rapidly putting the West Coast on the map as a multi-purpose venue,” said Burgoyne. “Our new slogan sums it up: ‘Get to the point… or you will miss out’.”

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