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Crowne Plaza rebrands as Southern Sun Rosebank

From 1 February 2020, Tsogo Sun Hotels’ property Crowne Plaza will be rebranded as Southern Sun Rosebank. The rebrand will be accompanied by a full refurbishment of the venue. Ravi Nadasen, Tsogo Sun Hotels’ COO, says, “Rosebank is booming. The opening of the Gautrain station in 2011 spurred growth into the precinct, making it a favoured...

Taubie Motlhabane appointed CEO of the CTICC

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has appointed Taubie Motlhabane as its new CEO. Motlhabane will formally take over the position from the convention centre’s current CEO, Julie-May Ellingson, at the end of January 2020.   Motlhabane will formally take over the position from the convention centre’s current CEO, Julie-May...

United Airlines launches direct flights between Cape Town and New York/Newark

United Airlines has launched its first service from South Africa – a nonstop flight between Cape Town, South Africa, and New York/Newark, U.S.A. This is the first direct air service between these two cities. The new flight route has been warmly welcomed on both sides of the Atlantic, as a way to develop business opportunities between the two...

SA Tourism CEO cleared of any wrong doing

Following his suspension on 01 April 2019 and an independent investigation, the South African Tourism (SA Tourism) CEO, Mr Sisa Ntshona, has been cleared of any wrong doing. In a press statement issued on 13 December 2019, the SA Tourism Board said: ‘Following a thorough process which saw a forensic investigation and a disciplinary hearing...

Sandton Convention Centre wins a Lilizela Tourism Award

The Sandton Convention Centre (SCC) was honoured with a Lilizela Tourism Award in the Conference and Exhibition Venue category, at the prestigious 2019 awards ceremony on 9 November. The Lilizela Tourism Awards are hosted by South African Tourism, and recognise and reward tourism businesses that deliver a world-class product and service – and in...

Tsogo Sun Hotels launches a new brand: hi Hotels

Tsogo Sun Hotels has launched a new hotel brand – hi Hotels – which offers a young, authentic and modern experience. Tim de Raedt, hi Hotels’ Director of Operations, says, “There is a segment of the market that is looking for an affordable, comfortable and well-designed space to stay, rather than a hotel with all the bells and whistles. They want...

CTICC launches exclusive rooftop venue

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has unveiled its exclusive rooftop venue that is bound to excite event planners and organisers. Aptly named the Mountain View Terrace, CTICC 2’s rooftop location played host to more than 200 guests at its official Summer to Cape Town launch party. Guests were treated to DJ Switch on the decks and...

ONOMO acquisition of BON Hotels strengthens hospitality sector in Africa

It was announced last week that ONOMO Hotels has acquired a 60.1% controlling stake in BON Hotels. The move will see ONOMO’s footprint grow to 15 countries with 4 300 rooms and a further 3 000 additional rooms in the pipeline, making it “the leading pan-African mid-scale hospitality group” according to ONOMO Chairman, Julien Ruggieri. “We will...

The CTICC has released its 2019 Integrated Annual Report

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) held its annual general meeting (AGM) for shareholders on 11 December 2019, where it tabled the past year’s financial statements. The results demonstrate that the centre is creating a positive and sustainable legacy that is benefiting the City of Cape Town, and South Africa.   The CTICC...