There’s a big buzz word in the travel industry, which of course we at Faircity group are very much a part of, it is ‘bleisure’ travel. What is it exactly? Well, it’s combining travel for work with pleasure – or business with leisure time – hence bliesure.
It has become very popular, and the travel industry are coming to the party offering good deals for those who want to make the most of work or conferencing trips, by tagging on a few days of leisure time whilst in the area – and we at Faircity group are no exception.
Bliesure travel really just makes sense, as the time and cost saving is great. Obviously those in the corporate world can take advantage of saving on their personal leisure time whilst on the corporate business trip – and those in their own business often just don’t get time for leisure between business travel and so this is one way to do it.
The millennials in particular have taken to it and claim that they work better in a peaceful, but vibrant, leisure environment. Many would argue therefore that attending a conference in Gauteng, where most of the nation’s business is done, wouldn’t count, because it is not a very leisurely environment. Well they couldn’t be more wrong!
Gauteng rocks at Easter!
Just remember that in 2019 – around the Easter holidays, when there only 6 working days between a span of nearly 2 weeks up to the workers day holiday on the 1st May, there is a mass exodus from Gauteng to coastal resorts. So, those who choose to stay and particularly those who travel from all our coastal areas, or Bloemfontein, to do business in Gauteng at that time, can have a ball!
There is an atmosphere of peace and quiet, combined with a holiday buzz and coastal visitors are amazed at the number of great things there are to do in Josie and Pretoria – so when conferencing in Gauteng around Easter, why not stay and play?
Work comes first of course and so what is on offer for coastal and inland business travellers? Well, Johannesburg has always been famous as the place to do business. It is the city of gold and history has shown us that traditionally, business always reverts after a time of change, back to the city.
The Mapungubwe Faircity hotel, right in the heart of the city, with its Afro/French architecture, has an exciting dinner bed and breakfast plus conference special running from 01 April – 31 August for only R1615.00 per person. So join them right in the heart of Jo’burg for a great 24-hour conference experience.
On the play side, they have a great Easter weekend package. For only R705.00 per room per night (max 2 people) get a memorable experience in the heart of Johannesburg’s CBD. This package also includes free transport to and from Gold Reef City – Josie’s exciting and very famous ‘days of gold’ theme park. The close by renowned ‘Rand Easter show’ is also a favourite at this time.
Known as South Africa’s financial capital, Sandton boasts the Sandton Convention Centre, fantastic shopping experiences and two of Faircity’s best-appointed business and leisure establishments – The Quatermain Faircity and Falstaff Faircity hotels.
Both of these excellent venues, apart from offering old English style and excellent hospitality, do great conference specials. Until 31 May, a full day conference experience is only R560.00 per person. Their conference venues boast state of the art equipment, highly trained staff members and easy to access Wi-Fi. With a delicious buffet lunch included in the price, your conference is guaranteed to tick all the boxes.
When it’s time to play, Quatermain’s famous Chef Tristan Latouf will be hosting a fabulous Easter lunch special on 21st April. For only R295.00 per person, join him to indulge in an exquisite range of mouthwatering meats, sumptuous salads, vegan vegetables and decadent desserts.
Falstaff Faircity hotel directly combines work and leisure time with their excellent ‘corporate lunches’ which will be held up until the Easter weekend. During your conference choose between a 2 course lunch for R225.00 and a 3 course meal for R245.00. Meals include matured steaks, fresh line fish and homemade pastas done in simple but creative ways!
From Sandton there is easy access to great casinos, the Cradle of Humankind, the Apartheid Museum and dozens of markets, restaurants and fun for the family dams and play areas of all kinds.
Our excellent serviced self-catering Apartments right in the business district of Hatfield in Pretoria, where Ambassadors rub shoulders with varsity students, are a great favourite with bliesure travellers! The Grosvenor Gardens Faircity apartments offer a typical bliesure package, so visitors can be close to the conference and plenty of surrounding leisure activities.
Both these venues have a special on offer to anyone staying longer than 6 days. For your convenience they do your shopping for you and your fully equipped apartment is then also fully stocked on arrival! Great for business travelers with little time before getting down to business.
The city Centre is great for Museums and places of history like the Voortrekker monument and The Union buildings – and shopping, clubbing, great markets and fine wining and dining are everywhere and plentiful!
Out in the country, for those who would rather do conferencing in more pleasant surrounds, Faircity’s Roodevalley Hotel and Kievits Kroon Faircity, offer comprehensive in house conference facilities, excellent accommodation, a Bird sanctuary, beautiful gardens, great restaurants, family fun entertainment and both venues have superb Spas on site!
What more could you possibly offer the bliesure traveller? Contact us for early booking, as the Easter season, both from a conferencing and leisure point of view, is busy and buzzing here in Gauteng where, if you come to conference – you might as well stay and play!