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Old March 7th, 2015, 10:01 AM   #701
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R78m for the Royal?!?!

Seriously? Thats a bargain of note... jees.
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Old July 4th, 2015, 10:38 AM   #702
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Seems we missed this news. Unfortunately there is no web article. It was news Tongaat released at Indaba. I have taken screenshots of the article from press viewer.

The big highlights:

1) 3 internationally branded 5 star hotels for Ridgeside in uMhlanga
2) one of which will be a 30floor tower - we have a thread for the proposal that MGC group submitted previously to tongaat. No mention of who the developers are except that they are international developers.









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Old July 4th, 2015, 04:24 PM   #703
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Nice find. Thanks for sharing. Sounds very promising, even if the one doesn't reach 30 floors.
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Old August 19th, 2015, 09:03 AM   #705
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Majestic revamp for Durban hotel

August 18 2015 at 06:00pm
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Tsogo Suns Garden Court Marine Parade on Durbans Golden Mile.

Durban - Sun’s nine seafront hotels and the Suncoast entertainment destination in Durban inspire memories for hundreds of thousands of travellers and holidaymakers across generations – and the group’s investment in the rejuvenation of this elegant, mature and ambitious city is seeing to it that it holds its own into the future.

From Tsogo Sun’s early beginnings, when Sol Kerzner’s first modern hotel, the Beverly Hills in uMhlanga, was built in 1964, Durban has been at the very foundation of the group’s growth.

The group’s operations on the Durban beachfront – in an area stretching from Garden Court South Beach to the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World at the northern end of the Golden Mile – contribute about 25 percent of its EBITDAR (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization, and Restructuring or Rent Costs).

Tsogo Sun chief executive officer Marcel von Aulock says: “Over the past few years, we have invested significantly in refurbishing and upgrading our hotels on the beachfront in response to the outstanding work that the City of Durban undertook in upgrading the promenade.

“We brought the Elangeni and Maharani hotels together to create the most exciting destination complex and the largest hotel in the group – the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani – and we have just finished a refurbishment of the Garden Court Marine Parade, an art deco masterpiece.”

The Garden Court Marine Parade, as it is now known, was opened in 1985, becoming yet another Tsogo Sun landmark on the Durban beachfront. Costing R45 million, it set a new standard in South African architecture.

Thirty years later, it has been given a R110m refurbishment that has restored it to its former glory.

“This hotel… was described by the Sunday Tribune in the year of its opening as ‘a palace on the beach’,” says John Aritho, general manager of the Garden Court Marine Parade.

He says that the hotel’s designer, Dexter Moren, proved unequivocally that South African architects could hold their own against the world.

“Our development team have retained the core elements of the architecture, and combined it with the modernity of today’s technology in a seamless way so that the guest experiences a fresh, modern product of a world-class standard.”

With a unique dome that has made the building an iconic landmark in Durban and an art deco theme that the group was determined to retain, the Garden Court Marine Parade has 352 sea-facing rooms and occupies a prominent space on the beachfront.

The renovations have included touch-ups and recolouring in all the public areas, the reception, conference rooms, guest toilets, lifts, lift foyers and corridors.

The entire lobby features light Brazilian tiles, presenting a clean, crisp look.

The pool area on the 30th floor boasts sweeping views of the Durban beachfront, harbour and city, and has been revamped with new furniture and a mobile bar, making it an ideal setting for events.

Guest rooms and bathrooms have minimalistic new furnishings throughout, with the emphasis on a cleaner, more contemporary look and simple, uncluttered lines.

Six new rooms have been added to the original 346.

The hotel offers an array of other features, including conferencing and event venues, free high-speed wi-fi, a new open-air gym, hotel shuttle, bicycle rental and self-service business facilities. The upgraded conference facilities are able to accommodate 500 delegates.

The restaurant has been redesigned in a contemporary, fresh style and the bar area has been refreshed with a relaxed café look.

The response from the market to the refurbishment has been overwhelmingly positive, says Aritho.

“We’ve grown our conferencing business as a result of the revamp of our conference centre, which has boosted our occupancy out of season. Event organisers who confess to not having been in this part of Durban for 20 years are now bringing their events to the hotel.

“Everyone is so proud to see Durban returning to where it was in the 1980s....

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http://www.iol.co.za/travel/south-af...9#.VdQZefmqqko
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Old October 29th, 2015, 08:41 PM   #707
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MoRe beachfront hotel investment. Surprised we missed this.

Protea Edward Hotel

Durban - Durban’s Protea Hotel Edward has geared up for increased demand for accommodation during the end-of-year holiday period, with the completion of the construction of 30 new additional rooms.

Thirteen of of the new rooms are sea-facing - which will be available from December 17 this year.

The new rooms - 26 standard rooms, two family rooms and two suites – take the total number of rooms in the hotel to 131.

In addition, the hotel has added another three boardrooms.


http://beta.iol.co.za/travel/south-a...rn-era-1937675
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Old October 30th, 2015, 09:02 AM   #708
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http://beta.iol.co.za/travel/south-a...radise-1929556 some more exciting propositions for Durban in a nutshell, would be great if it can all happen!!
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MoRe beachfront hotel investment. Surprised we missed this.

Protea Edward Hotel

Durban - Durban’s Protea Hotel Edward has geared up for increased demand for accommodation during the end-of-year holiday period, with the completion of the construction of 30 new additional rooms.

Thirteen of of the new rooms are sea-facing - which will be available from December 17 this year.

The new rooms - 26 standard rooms, two family rooms and two suites – take the total number of rooms in the hotel to 131.

In addition, the hotel has added another three boardrooms.


http://beta.iol.co.za/travel/south-a...rn-era-1937675
Was there no crane on site for this guys?
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Good week for Durban and KZN hotels / luxury lodges

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ICC, Hilton clinch top travel awards – again
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12 April 2016 at 09:52am

Durban - Durban's International Convention Centre (ICC) has taken yet another honour at the World Travel Awards – and so has its neighbour, the Hilton Hotel.

Further, a KZN luxury villa and safari lodge have also scooped accolades at the World Travel Awards, recognised as the ultimate hallmark of quality and hailed as the Oscars of the hospitality industry.

... Meanwhile, staff at the *Hilton Hotel next door are also celebrating: their hotel has been named the best business hotel in South Africa for the fourth year in a row.

“It’s very exciting. Next year, we are going to try and grab the title for being the best business hotel in Africa,” said Markus Fritz, the general *manager.

Also celebrating this week are the staff at Thanda, north of Hluhluwe. The Villa iZulu at Thanda Safari Lodge has just been named the Leading Luxury Private Villa in South *Africa, while the Thanda *Safari Lodge has taken the top spot for being South Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge.

The privately-owned Thanda has notched up a string of World Travel Awards over the years.

More here: http://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/...-again-2008210
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Seems many more hotels will be coming to uMhlanga over the next few years.


Major developments planed for KZN’s North Coast

By: Liesl Venter 26 May 2016 13:16 PM


Tourism continues to boom on the Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) North Coast with ongoing developments on the cards, says Dayalan Chetty, Executive for Tourism at Tongaat Hulett Developments.

This includes a major beach resort at Tinley Manor and several hotels for Umhlanga.

“Tourism is a key sector to be developed to propel South Africa as one of the Top 20 tourist destinations in the world by 2020. To meet this objective, KZN has positioned itself to be Africa’s leading tourism destination both nationally and internationally,” he says. “However, despite the marked demand for a world-class resort, KZN has not been able to provide a resort that will cater for the needs of both international and domestic tourists.”

A need for resort and beach hotel developments were identified in KwaZulu-Natal’s Tourism Master Plan. Tourism KZN CEO, Ndabo Khoza, says beach resorts accommodating 300 people are a minimum requirement from an airlift and charter point of view.

“Although there is a good variety of accommodation in and around Durban, we do not yet have an international hotel and resort operator to appeal to the mass-market traveller or to the volume focused tour operator,” he says. This is backed by research among international tour operators, who confirm that an absence of critical mass, internationally brand-recognised beachfront hotels spanning the three- to five-star markets, is a hindrance to the province.


Chetty says the unique coastal location of the Tinley Manor South Bank land asset therefore lended itself to opportunity. “The development sits on the coastal corridor of KwaDukuza Municipality, which has been identified as the primary tourism corridor and a key economic hub within the iLembe District,” explains Chetty.

“There is no truly integrated beach resort at scale in KZN that would compare to a Club Med for example. This development offers this opportunity,” he says. “Durban at present lags Cape Town and Gauteng because there is little to no unique tourist destinations that can attract both domestic and international tourists as a “must do” destination.”

He says the Tinley Manor development will significantly up the ante for Durban. “We are currently busy with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and working with stakeholders.” According to Chetty, this integrated beach resort hotel concept enjoys support from government through the office of the MEC of economic development.

He says there are also ongoing developments in Umhlanga that bode well for tourism along the North Coast. “We are currently involved in several developments in Umhlanga at Ridgeside, the town centre, Cornubia and Sibaya.”

The Ridgeside development is considered a prime precinct on Umhlanga Ridge that comprises some 140 hectares of land. Developed in a way to maximize the views alongside the KwaZulu-Natal coastline, it is a four-phased development that will link the Umhlanga Ridge to the Umhlanga Rocks village.

The Sibaya site offers uniterrupted 180 degree seaviews and is considered a premium position for a hotel development. Cornubia is a strategic landholding that has been declared a national priority.

“We have as yet not seen the detailed plans, but looking at the investment currently taking place along the Ridge, the hotel investments on the cards will no doubt run into hundreds of millions of rands,” says Chetty.

While reluctant to provide details on the developments, Chetty confirmed that Tongaat Hulett as land owners were in discussion with different international hotel groups to develop several four-star hotels in the area. High levels of interest have been shown, he says.

According to research, Umhlanga is in need of at least 600 hotel rooms at present while it could support at least a few hundred more over and above the hotels currently in the pipeline.

“We are at present in discussion with four hotel groups for developments in Umhlanga,” he says.

Tourism has grown significantly in Umhlanga over the past ten years, with hotels increasing from only a handful to more than 12 at present.



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SA’s hotel sector shows first growth spurt since 2010
By: Michelle Colman 1 Jun 2016 14:16 PM

South Africa is in for a boom in new hotel builds, with both international and local brands planning a stronger presence in the country and beyond in the next five years or so.

Andrew McLachlan, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean for the Rezidor Hotel Group, told Tourism Update that South Africa was a key country for the group, which currently has eight hotels operating in the country, and a further five under development.

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is also in advance negotiations for more hotels across key locations within South Africa, which includes Durban and Pretoria, which we hope to announce during the second half of 2016 and bring to market within 30 months,” comments McLachlan.

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"Africa is an opportunity and we have been very busy. In the last 24 months we have signed a new hotel deal in Africa every 37 days. And it's not just about signing up hotels. We are delivering our pipeline, and in the last 24 months we have opened a hotel in Africa every 60 days. No one in Africa is opening hotels like we are, this month it's Durban" added Carlson Rezidor's Senior Vice President for Business Development Andrew McLachlan.

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Old June 5th, 2016, 12:31 PM   #714
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Well they are not opening one in Durban this month, so he was a bit incorrect there
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I will be staying in Lambert House. Has very good views from the pictures. Has anyone been there? Is it well connected with buses?
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I will be staying in Lambert House. Has very good views from the pictures. Has anyone been there? Is it well connected with buses?
No idea where that is. I'd advise using uber only.
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Old July 16th, 2016, 07:33 PM   #717
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Its right off Florida Rd, so yes relatively well connected, but if you can justify Uber then I would suggest that over using the bus service.

Durban still has a long way to go till it has a decent functioning public transport system unfortunately.
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The Oyster Box Hotel has received a superlative review (overall rating: 9/10) from the UK's prominent Telegraph newspaper...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/de...ter-box-hotel/
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Old September 2nd, 2016, 01:22 PM   #719
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Onomo Hotels to open new hotel in Durban CBD.


You probably wont have heard of them, but this a hotel brand from Senegal, that have opened a few properties across Africa. They look modern and chicish in website appearance - check their website out http://www.onomohotel.com/?lang=en

All we know right now is that they plan construction of an Onomo Hotel on KE Masinga Road (M4) in Durban as reported by http://www.l2b.co.za/Projects/Projec...4-2b70a01ba9f1 with a planned 2017 construction start.

Being right next to the Rivertown precinct, even more confidence for the node.
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Interesting addition to the hotel scene. Seems to be their first project outside of west Africa.
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