Tsogo Sun Hotels stepped in to prevent the closure of South Africa’s historic Edward Hotel on Durban’s beachfront, Mount Grace Country House and Spa in Magaliesburg and the Protea Hotel by Marriott Hazyview in Mpumalanga.
On Friday, Marriott International announced that it will “cease operating” the properties due to the “unprecedented” impact of “Covid-19 on the hospitality industry”.
This announcement caused a stir on social media over the weekend with people being alarmed that the three hotels would close permanently.
The Edward Hotel has a 111 year history and hosted royalty and presidents in its prime years. The Mount Grace has historical links to the Brand family which established the Cape Grace Hotel at the V&A Waterfront and the Old Grace Hotel in Rosebank. Protea Hotel by Marriott Hazyview is on the key tourist route through Mpumalanga and on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park.
In a statement released by Tsogo Sun Hotels regarding the closure of the three hotels;
“We have also noted the distress this has caused within the travel and tourism industry and the communities where these hotels are situated. The hotel industry globally and in South Africa is undoubtedly experiencing one of the most disruptive and difficult periods in its history and it will take some time to recover to its previous activity levels.”
According to Moneyweb, Tsogo Sun Hotels believe that the properties affected by the Marriott move, have potential and will fit in well within the groups hotel management side.
Ravi Nadasen, Tsogo Sun Hotels COO, told Moneyweb, that considering the history and legacy of The Edward, and Mount Grace, both hotels will likely fit into the group’s luxury independent hotels segment.