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Sun International has launched a virtual and hybrid event solution in order to host events professionally and safely during the current global pandemic.

Sun City Convention Centre has been reconfigured as a virtual venue to deliver your next company event, whether it is a virtual conference and summit, hybrid event, webinar, online team building or online training session.

Event speakers will be hosted at the Sun City Convention Centre Studio, which provides access to a Hi-res LED wall, web presenter and AV equipment such as high definition cameras and studio lighting. On-screen effects, such as branding, are also possible.

With over 100Mbps of bandwidth a day, fast and reliable internet is assured. Sun City General Manager, Brett Hoppé, adds, “We’ve also built this solution to be platform agnostic, so we can offer the streaming on platforms such as, Antenna, powered by AntFarm, Zoom, WebEx, Vimeo, and Facebook, among others.”

“We’ve also built this solution to be platform agnostic, so we can offer the streaming on platforms such as, Antenna, powered by AntFarm, Zoom, WebEx, Vimeo, and Facebook, among others.”

Sun City can accommodate sessions of more than 500 virtual delegates, who will be able to access the event from their phones, computers, tablets or laptops, and who can participate with questions and comments in real-time.

Analytics track who ‘attends’ your event, providing insights such as participant viewing time, user registration information, as well as geographical region. These can be made available on-demand or in a post-event report.

All virtual events will be recorded and shared with the organiser, enabling them to share it and increase their audience size.

All virtual events will be recorded and shared with the organiser.

Hoppé adds that another benefit of hosting a virtual event in this manner is that it will help to rebuild South Africa’s economy. According to the South Africa National Convention Bureau, the meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions and events industry normally attracts about one-million delegates a year, which directly and indirectly supports over 250 000 jobs.

“Although virtual conferencing will not employ this many people, it will use high-tech connectivity solutions, break down distance barriers and allow companies to create endless themes that enhance their business objectives,” he says.

Hoppé adds that their service adheres to all COVID-19 health and safety protocols. This includes contactless temperature monitoring using thermal screening camera, maintaining all records for contact tracing, ensuring all technical staff wear complete personal protective equipment, disinfecting the studio before each event, and providing multiple sanitising stations in the studio area.

For more information, visit suninternational.com/sun-city/conferencing/.