SA bumps up hotels for growing business and leisure market

2017-04-11 11:31 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - South Africa seems to be the ideal place for business and leisure, with a rise in inbound tourism that has airline routes expanding  and as a result a need for more diverse hotel accommodation offerings. 

Major hotel players are investing in completely new properties or expanding existing hotels, with V&A Waterfront’s newly revamped Silo District and Protea Hotel by Marriott® Pretoria Hatfield being the latest additions.

First African Radisson RED hotel set to open doors in Cape Town

In the Mother City, the V&A Waterfront’s newly revamped Silo District, which is shaping up to be a vibrant hive of cultural activity for local and international travellers, will soon be home to Africa’s very first Radisson RED – a unique hotel culture inspired by all things art, music and fashion.

The hotel – “channelling an ageless millennial mind-set” – will open its doors in the third quarter of 2017. According to Dale Simpson, curator of Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, the hotel will “embrace freedom, flexibility, fun, and will bring these elements to life through a whole new type of guest experience.”

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A city hotel for an expressive crowd

Occupying a modern sustainable space in the heart of the bustling Waterfront and 25 minutes from Cape Town International Airport, the hotel offers easy access to vibrant nightlife and, for the selfie-lovers and self-proclaimed photographers, Simpson says the hotel offers “Instagram-worthy harbour and mountain views.”

What to expect at Cape Town Radisson RED:

  • 252 contemporary-styled rooms and a fully-equipped gym.
  • 4 events and games studios for up to 90 guests – ideal for meetings and social occasions.
  • Tech-savvy: Access to super-fast free Wi-Fi and 24/7 entertainment tech.
  • For the animal-lovers: fur babies of 8kg or under are welcome to stay at the hotel too!
  • RED Roof: grab a craft beer, splash in the pool, chill and socialise.
  • OUIBar and Ktchn: resident trendy restaurant and bar.
  • Very own app: order food and concierge services via the RED app, check-in, guest chat, or check-out the city guide.

Adding to the creative and modern venue, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), is opening on 27 September.

“Art is always at the heart of RED and our dynamic design is both inspiring and functional,” says Simpson. “So it just makes sense that we’d be neighbouring the world’s largest museum dedicated to showcasing contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora.”

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The Cape Town Radisson RED hotel follows successful launches in Brussels and Minneapolis, with Campinas and Glasgow set to launch soon. It will be the fourth RED property to be launched globally and the first in Africa. 

Take a look at what Radisson RED has to offer:

Towards the end of 2016 Marriote announced ambitions plans for hotel developments in SA.  As part of a R3bn investment the group announced it would add 500 more rooms to Cape Town's accommodation offering as its massive merger see its loyalty programme opening SA up to the global traveller.

A further R1 billion rand is being invested in builds underway Johannesburg. These are the first two Marriott branded hotels in South Africa, situated in the popular upmarket Melrose Arch Precinct and are scheduled to open in 2018. Amdec’s total investment in these Cape Town and Johannesburg developments amounts to over R3 billion between the two cities, which will have positive economic spinoffs and a massive impact on job creation.

Also, more rooms and facilities at Pretoria Hatfield

Marriott Pretoria Hatfield is also set to embark on a major construction project in May 2017 to include an additional 95 bedrooms - giving it a total of 214 rooms - a new restaurant, bar and additional conference and meeting rooms.

The first phase is geared for completion in November this year, with the final projected completion date expected in May 2018.

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'Appealing Location'

Danny Bryer, director of Marketing for Protea Hotels by Marriott says, “Hatfield has always been a sought-after suburb for both business and residential reasons, attracting many of the embassies based in Pretoria. Its proximity to the University of Pretoria, Loftus Versfeld Rugby Stadium, and the city centre with its many government buildings, makes it an appealing location for travellers coming to Pretoria for both business and leisure.”

Bryer adds that Hatfield is home to top restaurants in the city, catering “to the trendy and the upmarket guest”, and increasing the demand for accommodation in the area.

This follows Protea Hotels by Marriott’s other recent developments that include Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Menlyn and a new build which is currently underway in Centurion.

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