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Beach resort planned for North Coast

August 4 2015 at 06:57am
By Sihle Manda

Durban - Plans are afoot to build KwaZulu-Natal’s first full-scale beach resort hotel of “international” standards, which would be a “game-changer” for North Coast tourism.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mike Mabuyakhulu made the announcement during this year’s East3Route investment seminar hosted on the Seychelles’ Mahé Island last week.

The East3Route business seminar is an annual initiative with top-level representation from KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, Moz-ambique and the Seychelles, created to promote “cross-border development” that ensures economic growth and job creation for its members.

The resort is expected to be built at KwaDukuza’s Tinley Manor Beach and to include a tourism school. It is expected to be modelled on the exquisite Russian-owned Savoy Resort at which delegates were accommodated during the Seychelles seminar.

The 163-bed Savoy Resort reportedly cost about $50-million (R600m) to build and opened in May last year.

It features an expansive outdoor pool, a comfortable library, a supervised children’s club, an exclusive spa, and guest rooms and suites.

No price tag has been put on the proposed North Coast development, which would incorporate watersport and conferencing facilities.

Speaking to more than 100 delegates from the four countries, Mabuyakhulu said the establishment of the resort was “at the summit of our priorities in the 20-year tourism master plan”.

“We are thrilled to announce that our efforts to secure investment for the beach resort have gained traction and some of the milestones reached include a partnership with the Tongaat Hulett group,” he said.

Tongaat Hulett executives Trenley Tilbrook and Dayalan Chetty elaborated on the project in an interview on the sidelines of the seminar....

They were optimistic the concept would be a success, saying: “It would be a game-changer for the North Coast if we land an international beach resort”.

“Two of our operators have looked at it and said because of the close proximity to the airport and the beach, it is a no-brainer. They would definitely be able to get in charters.”

He said the provincial government had indicated it would also send hundreds of visitors to the resort in a three-year programme.

Chetty....hoped the resort would be off the ground within the next “12 to 24 months”.

The Mercury

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Plans for Tinley ups KZN Coast's tourism stakes

SEPTEMBER 2018 13:39

Tinley is one of Tongaat Hulett’s northern development initiatives and one of significant tourism potential. Featuring kilometres of pristine coastline, lagoon, indigenous coastal forest and a key location within KwaZulu-Natal’s primary growth corridor, Tinley is uniquely positioned to accelerate tourism development.

Already four significant international resort operators have expressed their desire to operate a new, international beach resort on the site – the first of its kind in Southern Africa.

Together with the proposed new coastal resort, Tinley will cater to the international and domestic tourism markets with capacity for mixed-use development as well. Tongaat Hulett Developments Managing Director Michael Deighton says, “Tourism has been identified as both a national and provincial priority and together with the associated ancillary economic activities will have a significant impact on socio-economic growth and development in the region. To this end we have been working closely with the local and provincial government to present the opportunity to solicit national and international brands looking at opportunities to establish themselves in KwaZulu-Natal.”

Given its sublime warm climate, beautiful beaches, proximity to the berg and the bush and a myriad of natural assets, it’s no wonder KwaZulu-Natal is the market leader for domestic tourism in South Africa and ranks second in terms of international tourism. Starting with the advent of Zimbali Coastal Resort in the late 90s, areas north of Durban including uMhlanga, Ballito and Salt Rock have experienced unprecedented growth in the last three decades with significant return on investment. With the residential and tourist boom and the commissioning of the King Shaka International Airport, other sectors are now also thriving. Schools are mushrooming in the region to support the influx of people and the commercial aspects continue a strong upward trajectory especially with the emergence of the nearby Durban Aerotropolis.

Under the guidance of the Durban Aerotropolis Master Plan (draft January 2018), a development framework is being implemented to create a purpose-built city that will enhance urban and national competitiveness through improved multi-modal transport access and planned, coordinated aviation-linked commercial development, making the airport, surrounding areas and the entire province more economically efficient, attractive to investors and sustainable. Deighton says, “We’re already moving in leaps and bounds with the proposed GO!Durban Integrated Rapid Transport System being implemented later this year, the further entrenchment of King Shaka International Airport and Dube TradePort and the area as a fulcrum between the busy ports of Durban and Richards Bay.”

...Furthermore, varied business interests and top-quality facilities also contribute to KwaZulu-Natal’s tourism offering. Deighton says, “We just need to look at the numbers to understand how well KwaZulu-Natal is doing. Hotel occupancies have remained above 70 percent with the Average Daily Rate (ADR) growing by eight percent per annum since 2010.” Revenue per available room in the greater uMhlanga area is R1 274 and this sector is forecast to grow by three percent with the uMhlanga market predicted to absorb an increase in hotel inventory over the next five years.

Tongaat Hulett believe in shared value creation through responsible and meaningful land conversion activities. Developments such as Zimbali Coastal Resort, the uMhlanga Ridge Town Centre, Cornubia and Sibaya Coastal Precinct have catapulted the area’s desirability as a world-class place to live and work. Together with the KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), and local municipalities, they continue to keep an eye on key demand-drivers and using their experience to implement best practice, sustainable urban planning and design principles that can best respond to South African society’s changing needs.

Deighton says, “While the Durban and uMhlanga areas cater very well to the business and leisure tourism markets, there is still a gap to be filled by a large scale international resort operator”. With essential infrastructure already in place and the potential to improve this concurrently with growth and demand, the region has proved itself as a desired destination and Tinley, a picturesque coastal town ten kilometres north of Ballito, is poised to take on the mantle as the province’s next tourism hotspot.

...The EIA process for the resort opportunity is currently underway with the identification of the international hotel operator soon to be announced.

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I wish a company like Tongaat owned land in CT and could roll out the kind of things they are doing in KZN. Envious to say the least!
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