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Meeting in the Pullman Suite

Meeting in the Pullman Suite

Venue of historic meetings which determined the fate of nations, the Pullman Suite is once again available for executive conferences.

The Victoria Falls Hotel has moved back into conferencing after a gap of nearly 15 years, positioning itself as the finest venue in the Victoria Falls area for small to medium-sized conference and executive meetings.

The hotel was for many years a popular venue for conferences of varying sizes and types, but when it was extensively refurbished during a complete makeover and restoration of its Edwardian glory in 1996, the conference room was turned into an upmarket shop with the focus on holiday makers from across the world.

Demand for conferencing and a consequent alteration in the hotel’s strategy brought about the change, and the reopening of the hotel’s conference venue, the Pullman Suite. The name stems from the hotel’s close link with the railways – the local railway authorities having built the hotel back in 1904 and having remained owners of the property ever since.

“An imposing venue, with an elegant style and emphasis on comfort and class”

A Pullman car in a train is a gathering place for passengers and so it is in the hotel’s new order of things – a gathering place for conference delegates and executives attending board meetings. The conference room carried the Pullman name for many years, and was the scene of many important gatherings of business and political leaders during the period from after the Second World War until the 1970s, discussing the future of southern Africa.

The Pullman Suite is imposing, with an elegant style and emphasis on comfort and class reflected in the teak and leather finishes of furnishings. In contrast to this is a range of modern technology and equipment, including LCD projectors, to give recognition to 21stcentury needs. The room can cater for up to 40 people conference style, or can be used boardroom style for up to 25 delegates. A secretarial service is operated within the hotel and wifi access is in place for all guests.

Linked to this facility is another tastefully designed venue, the Centenary Room, which can host executive meetings or meals for up to 20 people. This room, which opens onto the hotel’s courtyard, was officially opened during 2004 to mark the hotel’s 100th birthday and is popular with guests requiring a well-designed and comfortable place for smaller meetings.

“Tea breaks with views of the famous bridge and gorge”

The hotel’s management recommends to conference organisers that they make use of the various facilities around the hotel for innovative and interesting alternatives to conference add-ons, such as tea breaks. These can be arranged, for example, in the garden areas overlooking the gorges below the Victoria Falls, with views of the famous bridge spanning the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The wide range of activities available to visitors in Victoria Falls is also an incentive for hosting conferences in the area. These include bungee jumping, white water rafting and canoeing or cruising up the Zambezi River, as well as helicopter, light aircraft or microlight flights over the Falls. Other activities include sightseeing in the Falls area itself, game viewing in the nearby national park, elephant back riding, jetboating, exploring local facilities and amenities and gambling in the casino adjacent to The Victoria Falls Hotel.

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