Whether you’re a local or an international traveller, the Sandton suburb offers facilities and an air of sophistication that gives any business tourist everything they could want from their visit.
Sandton has cemented its position as the most important financial and business sector in the City of Gold and South Africa. As someone in the heart of the business buzz, Volkan Vural, general manager at Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton, shares his reasons why Sandton is the perfect base for business travellers.
- Easy to get around
Its overall accessibility makes it clear why business tourism booms in the area. With access to public transport readily available, business is made easy and stress-free. International guests can ride from the airport to Sandton via the Gautrain. Getting around Sandton is simple with the ever-popular Uber service, sharing cars that are available every few minutes upon request, and guests staying at nearest hotels have access to a free shuttle service to anywhere within a three kilometre radius. For those travellers who enjoy getting around on foot, shopping centres and restaurants are well within walking distance.
2. Financial business hub
It is home to some of the top South African investment banks, financial and legal consultants, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and one of the biggest convention centres on the African continent, making it a great one stop place for financial business.
3. Restaurants galore
Whether you’re looking for five-star luxury dining to impress your clients or a fun local foodie experience with your team, Sandton offers cuisine to suit every palate. If you are new to the area, the multicultural offering will give you a taste of the diversity for which Johannesburg has become renowned.
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4. Five-star luxury
A string of five-star hotels cater specifically for business travellers and is situated within close proximity to all major entertainment spots.
5. Out-of-office exploring
Sandton is also home to a string of art galleries, fancy sidewalk cafés and luxury dining establishments.
6. Shop ’til you drop
Sandton City is the suburb’s major shopping district and one of the biggest shopping centres in Africa. It is home to over 295 elite shops and restaurants, making it the perfect spot for a little retail therapy.
7. Meetings with a view
Many of the area’s hotels offer conference services that not only cater for all your culinary needs, but also give you breathtaking views of the Sandton skyline.
8. Nighttime networking
For nighttime networking, or just to let your hair down, Sandton’s Nelson Mandela Square, presided over by a six-metre bronze statue of Nelson Mandela, is a hotspot for meet-and-greets as well as a must-see tourist attraction for overseas visitors.
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