Tourism Tattler joined over 500 media, hospitality, corporate and government event organiser representatives at Durban’s Greyville Racecourse on Thursday 18 September, to discover what the Greyville Exhibition and Events Company has to offer the travel trade. By Tourism Tattler Director, Beverley Langkilde.
I’ve attended the Durban July horse racing event at Durban’s Greyville Racecourse over may years, and have never thought of this ideally located piece of real estate as a venue to host events. It was with some trepidation therefore that my friend, Francoise Malby Anthony of Thula Thula Private Game Reserve, and I arrived on a rainy evening at the Greyville Racecourse Gate 10 entrance.
Parking appeared to be problem on arrival, although after a brief verbal exchange in isiZulu with the security guard, we were ushered in and directed with alacrity to a dry under-cover parking bay. That over 500 guests had attended the function only became apparent after the event, as the organiser, Greyville Exhibition and Events Company, had cleverly escorted guests on arrival to a tour through the thirteen venues, each of which had been tastefully theme decorated, catered with delicious entrées and paired wine.
It soon became apparent that Durban’s most recognisable landmark has indeed been transformed into a multipurpose event centre, and that our host, the eLan Property Group, is adept at hosting sporting events, conventions, corporate functions, concerts and weddings.
With over 25 years of experience, its little wonder that this team has been appointed as the sole marketing, sales and operations agents of hospitality at Greyville.
With its close proximity to national highways and 5000 secure on-site parking bays, Greyville will soon be the preferred destination for both social and business occasions alike. With Thirteen magnificent indoor venues that boast a combined capacity of 20 000 people, it is clear that there is a new hotspot in town.
Featuring the largest outdoor screen of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa and with infrastructure to host conferences of up to 50 000 people, there are no limits to any event organiser’s needs.During his welcome speech to guests, Alan Vels, Executive Director of Greyville Exhibition and Events Company said “The Pride of the Greyville Facility is undoubtedly the new Silver Ring Room. It’s one of the largest freestanding indoor facilities without columns in Durban, and is the quintessential events hall. Unobstructed views over Durban in the 2 100 square metre space and a capacity of 2 000 people banquet style make it an unrivalled option for large corporate functions and extravagant weddings. We are very excited about the possibilities this facility has and our bookings to date have exceeded our initial expectations.”
The thirteen venues are completely multi-flexible and can be modified for an array of functions with unique specifications. From exhibitions on a grand scale to more intimate boardroom meetings, what sets Greyville apart is its willingness to adapt. Gone are the days of limited setup times and exorbitant costs for the staging of events. Greyville offers a reasonably priced solution that places the needs and scheduling of its guests as the primary concern.
With the eLan Property Group being the main shareholders of the new company sponsoring the Gold Cup horse race for the next three years, a commitment to honouring the traditions of the venue is clear, but make no mistake, Greyville has become more than simply a racetrack. It’s where you, and your clients, will want to be.