• Chidozie Uzoezie

Expansion: Tsogo Sun Hotels Takes Over Mount Grace, Others

Tsogo Sun Hotels has expanded its portfolios with the takeover of the Mount Grace in Magaliesburg, the Edward in Durban and the Protea Hotel Hazyview in Mpumalanga.

The three hotels were acquired from Marriott International which closed and removed them from the Marriott system as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mount Grace in Magaliesburg was developed by the Brand family and was the sister hotel to The Grace in Rosebank, which Tsogo Sun acquired and restored in 2015 and now operates as 54 on Bath.

Magaliesburg is a beautiful area and has great domestic and international tourism potential, as well as strong demand for conferencing, weddings and shorter family getaways with its close proximity to Johannesburg.

The Edward is a landmark on the Durban beachfront. The hotel has a 111-year history, beautiful facilities and will add something different to Tsogo Sun portfolio in that node.

The Protea Hotel Hazyview is on the key tourist route through Mpumalanga on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park. Tsogo Sun operates the Sabi River Sun right up the road and is currently refurbishing the chalets and the golf course on this property.

The addition of this hotel in the Lowveld area will allow Tsogo Sun to broaden its offering for the local and foreign markets which will return to Kruger when things normalize. In the short term Tsogo Sun Hotels is working with Marriott and has mobilized resources to ensure the properties are handed over, secured and maintained while they remain closed.

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