It’s conferencing by numbers at African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa in Cape Town!
IT’S CONFERENCING BY NUMBERS AT AFRICAN PRIDE CRYSTAL TOWERS HOTEL & SPA!
The devil’s in the detail when you’re organising a successful conference or event, and nobody knows that better than the busy bees at African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa – the second largest conference centre in Cape Town after the CTICC.
Conferencing staff at the hotel have been doing the sums for the first 8 months of this year and they’ve come up with some startling statistics about the Meetings, Conferences and Exhibitions that they’ve hosted.
That’s because the first figure they calculated was that the 31 501 delegates that had attended conferences at the hotel had so far, this year, consumed a staggering 126 004 cups of coffee. According to the hotel’s bakery, 378012 canapés have been assembled, 47 251 croissants have been baked and nearly 5 tons of butter, 11 520 eggs, 800kg of sugar and 480kg of organic chocolate was used to make pastries. In the first 8 months of the year the African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa also prepared for delegates: more than 1.5 tons of double lamb racks and sustainably caught salmon.
However there is more to conference packages than what originates in the kitchen. Staff members in the conferencing department have worked some 2 304 hours each since the beginning of the year to make sure every meeting and conference the hotel hosts turns out absolutely perfect – and that includes replacing some 13 920 pens that have gone walkabout with delegates!
African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa General Manager Gary Koetser is a little blasé about the staggering stats, because he says he has “arguably the best hotel team in South Africa”.
“We have magnificent conferencing facilities and our location in the Century City lifestyle precinct is ideal for delegates staying over, but the hotel is only as successful because we have a consummately professional staff from the scullery to the Executive Chef, the Banqueting Manager to the Conference Butlers. Putting together a big conference means bringing scores of disparate elements together in the same place at the same time, and you can’t do that unless you have the best team” Koetser said.
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